Our investigation revealed in our December newspaper into the disgraced GAA player Kevin McGourty, also known as Caoimhean MacDhorchaidh, has resulted in the sacking of McGourty and his partner Anushka Punniah by Star Pubs & Bars. McGourty was running the Earl of Marchmont bar but The Edinburgh Reporter revealed he had been convicted of harassing a female solicitor and was placed on probation for 18 months. He has also been accused of posing as a Scottish solicitor and holding a strip show in the basement.

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Pipes of Christmas with the Learned Kindred of Currie

You can book to watch this event online the weekend after it takes place in New York. John MacMillan has been named Honorary Chair for the concert

John is CEO of the Edinburgh-based charitable organisation The Eric Liddell Community and he will serve as the 2023 Pipes of Christmas Honorary Chair.

The Eric Liddell Community, an Edinburgh care charity and community hub founded in 1980, in memory of the inspirational Olympic gold medallist, Eric Liddell, whose win in the 1924 Paris Olympics was the subject of the film ‘Chariots of Fire’.

Through its community support programs, The Eric Liddell Community brings people together in their local communities to enhance health and well-being and have a positive impact on their lives.

Commander Bob Currie writes: “The 25th annual Pipes of Christmas concert is upon us!

“It’s here – the Pipes of Christmas is just a few sleeps away. So much incredible holiday magic has been happening behind the scenes to make this our best concert ever. We don’t like to give much away, but we can tell you we are delighted to be premiering several new works composed exclusively for our concert. Included in the mix is a retelling of an ancient, Hebridean Gaelic Christmas Eve tradition.

Tickets are almost gone! 

“Only Sunday evening tickets remain available but they are going fast and we encourage you to book quickly if you plan to attend. Reservations are still being accepted for the global webcast, and can be reserved up until broadcast dates.

Still time to support the show and our cultural heritage mission

“Our concert production fundraiser is critical to ensuring we can present this beloved concert and return the proceeds from the event to our scholarships and other cultural outreach programs. If you haven’t already, we invite you to help us reach our fundraising goals. We’re getting so close to our target and would love to hit it by the end of the month. Thank you for your continued support.”

The Pipes of Christmas in New York on 16 and 17 December will be webcast the following weekend.

Edinburgh Academy – Arrests made

Five arrests have been made of men aged up to 90 years old in connection with non-recent abuse at Edinburgh Academy. The abuse incidents are alleged to have taken place at the school between 1968 and 1992.

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Funding for Rowan Alba

The Barrack Charitable Trust, funded by Knight Property Group is donating £45,000 to 15 charitable organisations across Scotland, in the second tranche of donations for 2023.

In the capital, Rowan Alba has received £5,000 to support housing homeless people with complex needs in 24-hour supported accommodation, with the funding targeted at improving well-being via social activities and peer support.

Karen Barr, CEO Rowan Alba said,

“The generous support from The Barrack Charitable Trust is vital in helping us give long-term homes to people who have been homeless for years. As Edinburgh faces a housing crisis, our new safe, settled homes are having a lasting impact on tackling homelessness. This funding means individuals will have more support and social activities to improve their wellbeing and feel a valued part of a community.”


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