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Camanachd Cup Final to be last game for legendary ‘voice of shinty’ Hugh Dan MacLennan

12 September 2023

Legendary Gaelic sport broadcaster Hugh Dan MacLennan is set to call time on his commentary career in shinty following the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final on 16 September, live on BBC ALBA.

The final, between Oban Camanachd and Kingussie, will be the 100th game to be played at Bught Park in Inverness, and will be the final commentary role in shinty for Hugh Dan, who voiced his first Camanachd Cup final in 1983.

Hugh Dan, who is also known to fans who follow Gaelic coverage of rugby, curling and football, was born in Caol, Lochaber, in 1956. He went on to qualify as a Gaelic teacher, and taught the language at Millburn Academy in Inverness. It was here he met John Willie Campbell, who he later succeeded in the broadcasting hot seat.

Later this year, BBC ALBA will be airing a documentary about the life and work of the star sports broadcaster, produced by Sgeul Media.

Hugh Dan has spearheaded the growth of Gaelic sports broadcasting and will continue with his sports reporting and commentary on BBC ALBA away from shinty for another couple of months before retiring at the end of the year.

It is likely to be a close encounter between the two teams, who have both beaten each other in recent months. In July, it was Kingussie that ran out 1-2 winners. However, it was Oban Camanachd who were 2-1 victors when the two met in August.

Kingussie will be confident, as they come into this one with the competition’s top scorer, James Falconer, who has bagged five goals on their run to the final.

The Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final is live on BBC ALBA, iPlayer, BBC Radio nan Gàidheal and BBC Sounds.