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Did word spread as far as Vietnam that it was shinty’s big weekend in the Highlands?

By Erin Miller

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The Camanachd Association's current Facebook page.
The Camanachd Association's current Facebook page.

The Camanachd Association has recently fallen victim to hacking of their social media account.

Shinty's governing body stated: “We have since rectified the situation but we are unable to change our name so soon after it was last changed”.

The Camanachd Association has managed to get the reins of their page back and have told the Courier that "there was no serious or long-lasting danger, just a major inconvenience".

Since then they have managed to get back to some sort of normal, sharing content from the busiest weekend in the shinty calendar. This weekend the Camanachd Cup final took place at the Bught Park in Inverness between Kingussie Camanachd Club and Oban Camanachd, it was also a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the competition as well as a farewell to the ‘voice of shinty’, commentator, Hugh Dan MacLennan.

As it turns out, the page was actually hacked on the evening of the Camanachd Cup Final. Perhaps hackers knew that the shinty world would be distracted by the big event?

Aarron Duncan-MacLeod, marketing and communications manager for the Camanachd Association, said: “The association was the victim of a hacking scheme on the night of September 16. Needless to say this has been an inconvenience for us, but luckily, there was no lasting damage done as we were able to recover our account and lock the hackers out.”

Facebook’s policy for changing a page’s name states that you can only change your name every 60 days – so will the Camanachd Association be operating under the title of “Khoai Sâm Đất - Y Tý Lào Cai” for almost two months?

Aarron spoke about the problem the association is facing with trying to change back their name: “The only remaining issue is that they changed our name on Facebook – something that you can only do once every 60 days for security reasons (very ironic), however association staff are working with colleagues at Meta to have our name changed back to Camanachd Association, at which point we will be able to put the whole business behind us!”

The Inverness Courier has been doing their own research into trying to find out what exactly the Camanachd Association’s new title means. Online translators detect Vietnamese as the language used in the title.

It appears that the latter half of the title is actually the place name of a small village in the north west of Vietnam near its border with China. “Y Tý” is in the Bát Xát District of “Lào Cai”.

As for the first half, this is proving more difficult to translate, but it appears to be a type of potato species that is grown in this Vietnamese region.

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