Royal National Mod News

Mod 2014 Fringe Programme

Published: 15 Oct 2014

​You can view this year’s Mod Fringe Programme here:

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Buy your Mòd Programme

Published: 13 Oct 2014

During Mòd week, pick up you copy of this years Mòd Programme from the front desk at Eden Court Theatre. Programmes are available at £6 per copy or £4 for An Comunn members.

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New Mod App Goes Live!

Published: 09 Oct 2014


We are delighted to introduce our new Royal National Mod App! Our App has gone live today, so you don’t need to miss a thing at the Mod! Search live events by artist, name or comp. Find our app via the following link or enter “Royal Mod” on your mobile app store: http://tinyurl.com/q7u4tqx

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Mod Programme

Published: 04 Oct 2014

The Official Mod Programme is now available to buy in our Stornoway and Inverness offices and also in the Gaelic Books Council in Glasgow.

To order a copy please telephone 01851 703 487.

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Inverness 400 Club

Published: 19 Sep 2014

The winners in the September draw were:

£250 Mrs M V Laycock, Nairn

£100 Angus G MacLeod, Inverness

£50 Heather Campbell, Inverness

Congratulations!

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Parking @ Mod 2014

Published: 19 Sep 2014

Please note the following information regarding car and bus parking at the Inverness Mòd, 10-18 October 2014:

Information on parking for buses between 10-18 October 2014:
specifically prohibited at other times.

  • Ardross Street – Limited to 2 hours maximum stay between 10am and 5pm (Mon – Sat) coach parking is

· There will be no bus parking at Highland Council Headquarters on Glen Urquhart Road. There is long term secure coach parking available on Longman Drive also (managed by D & E Coaches).

Information on parking for cars between 10-18 October 2014:

· There will be limited public parking at Eden Court on a first come first served basis. Eden Court is just a short walk from Inverness city centre.

· There is public ‘Pay & Display’ parking at Inverness Cathedral.

· There will be car parking available at Inverness High School all week.

· For other parking in Inverness, please find attached Highland Council parking map.

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Royal National Mod @ Blas

Published: 09 Sep 2014

ROYAL NATIONAL Mòd partners with blas festival for community

Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd), Scotland’s biggest Gaelic Cultural Festival, is partnering with the Blas Festival which takes place from Friday 5th to Saturday 13th September to perform in residential care homes and hospitals throughout the Highlands.

With a musical performance set for each night, the two festivals will be collaborating across six dates and venues, to ensure that Gaelic culture can be appreciated by everyone.

Starting with ‘Còisir G’, the Highland Council’s Youth Gaelic choir, performing in Ach an Eas Care Home in Inverness on Saturday 6 September, other highlights will include ceilidh band Mo Creach entertaining residents of Strathallan House, Strathpeffer on Tuesday 9th, and instrumentalist Rhona Sutherland accompanied by Gairloch High School pupils performing in Strathburn House, Gairloch on Thursday 10th.

John Morrison, chief executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for both The Royal National Mòd and the Blas festival to give something back to the community. Gaelic culture is colourful and rich enough to entertain everybody, so this is the perfect chance to ensure that those who may not be able to get to the performance venues can still experience everything we have to offer.

“We’re looking forward to returning to Inverness for The Royal National Mòd in October, it will be our first time in the city since 1997 so it will be very special. It is a long overdue Highland Homecoming!”

Arthur Cormack of Fèisean nan Gàidheal, the organisation responsible for the Blas Festival said: “We are delighted to be working with An Comunn Gàidhealach, Live Music Now and Music in Hospitals to bring musicians and singers into care homes and hospitals as part of the communities programme that takes place during the festival. Blas has a special focus on the involvement of young people and many will be appearing alongside some of the finest musicians and singers in the festival’s 43 main events. We are especially pleased that some of those taking part in the Royal National Mòd in October will get the opportunity to hone their performance skills in these sessions offering entertainment to folk who perhaps cannot get out to some of the events.”

The Royal National Mòd is Scotland’s biggest Gaelic Cultural Festival. Now in its 122nd year, the event is the most important festival of the Gaelic language in Scotland. It is a signature event in the Highland Homecoming celebrations.

Organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach, one of the world’s oldest and most respected national Gaelic organisation, the nine day spectacular will take place from Friday 10th to Saturday 18th October. It will feature competitions in Highland Dancing, Gaelic Music and Song, Sport, Literature and Drama, offering Gaelic speakers of all levels to compete. It will bring thousands of competitors and spectators from throughout Scotland, the UK and from all corners of the globe including USA, Australia and Canada to Inverness.

2014 will also see the biggest Fringe event ever take place alongside the competitions. This will include concerts, book and CD launches, music sessions, poetry, dance and other art forms of every description.

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Mod 2014 Draft Programme

Published: 28 Aug 2014

Please click on the following link to view a draft version of this year’s Royal National Mod competitions. (Please note this is only a draft and may be subject to changes).

Royal National Mod 2014 Draft Programme


The official Mod Programme will be available in a few weeks time.

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Competition A272 Am Bràighe

Published: 09 Jul 2014

The Music Committee have issued changes to the following prescribed piece. The changes are explained below and should be adhered to for these pieces.

If you have any queries regarding these changes, please don’t hesitate to contactJames Graham at james@ancomunn.co.uk or telephone 01463 709 705.

A272 Am Bràighe

Verse 2: line 1-should read, ‘…’s do bhruachan…’

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Biggest Ever Fringe at Mod 2014

Published: 03 Jul 2014

ROYAL NATIONAL Mòd LAUNCHES WITH BIGGEST EVER FRINGE EVENT

Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd), Scotland’s biggest Gaelic Cultural Festival, will take place in Inverness this autumn for the first time since 1997. Now in its 122nd year, the event is the most important festival of the Gaelic language in Scotland.

Organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach, one of the world’s oldest and most respected national Gaelic organisation, the nine day spectacular will take place from Friday 10th to Saturday
18th October. It willfeature competitions in Highland Dancing, Gaelic Music and Song, Sport, Literature and Drama, offering Gaelic speakers of all levels to compete. It will bring thousands of competitors and spectators from throughout Scotland, the UK and from all corners of the globe including USA, Australia and Canada to Inverness.

The Mòd is set to light up the city, kick starting with a vibrant Torchlight procession from Inverness Castle to Eden Court - the main venue for the event - where the opening concert will be staged. Acts confirmed for the opening concert include Skipinnish and the up-and-coming Scottish folk band, Gria.

2014 will also see the biggest Fringe event ever take place alongside the competitions. This will include concerts, book and CD launches, music sessions, poetry, dance and other art forms of every description. Around twelve pubs have signed up to providing traditional Celtic music in their venues, while street theatre will take place across the city. The fringe will encompass Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness to Fort George and the Culloden Visitor Centre and all areas in between.

John Morrison, chief executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach, said: “We are delighted to be returning to Inverness for the first time in 17 years and to be bringing the biggest Fringe in the event’s history.

“The competition is the heart of the Mod and we have had substantial entries this year. The Fringe also means we can bring Gaelic Culture to a new audience, Gaels and non-Gaels together and celebrate talented musicians from around the world with our exciting programme of events”.

Fringe highlights will include the Saturday night Fiddlers’ Rally at Eden court. Hosted in association with Blazin in Beauly under the musical direction of Bruce Macgregor of Blazin’
Fiddles, the concert will feature over one hundred fiddlers including world renowned artistes, plus local groups, it promises to be the most spectacular fiddle event in Scotland. A special concert to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I on Wednesday afternoon will be a showpiece event, with musician Erik Spence, creating a piece of music to go along with the poem Bantrach Cogaidh written by the late Rev John Macleod. Dingwall Gaelic Choir and Lochardil Primary School Choir will contribute.

Other highlights include performances by Skerryvore, singing super group Cruinn and the talented Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band. Lunchtime performances in the historic Inverness Town House by artists including Ewen Henderson, Barluath, and renowned clarsach player Catriona Mackay are not to be missed, while musical performances at the area’s stunning visitor attractions Urquhart Castle, Culloden Battlefield and Fort George will also take place.

The Massed Choirs, with pipe bands, on the Saturday morning will bring the week’s musical festivities to a close with hundreds of choristers taking part.

The Provost of Inverness, Councillor Alex Graham said: “The 2014 Inverness Mod is shaping up to be one of the best ever. The recent Inverness Local Mod was a huge success, and there is great awareness in the City that the National Mod is coming in October. The wide range of competitions and the large Mod Fringe will provide tremendous entertainment for locals and visitors alike”.

David Boag, the Head of Gaelic Usage at Bòrd na Gàidhlig said, “Our on-going support for An Comunn Gàidhealach is confirmation of the importance that the Bòrd places on their
work in communities across Scotland, alongside the annual staging of the Royal National Mòd. These events help to raise the profile of Gaelic amongst the wider public and are excellent focal points for Gaelic speakers, young and old, to gather and use their language”.

Martin Dorchester, Managing Director of CalMac, adds “CalMac has been delighted to support the Royal National Mód for many years. It has the twin benefits of underlining our support to the Gaelic language and also providing a unique opportunity to meet and engage with people from across our network over the course of the week. We are looking forward to coming to Inverness and are sure it will be a memorable event for all concerned.”


The Royal National Mòd is supported by Highland Council, HIE, Creative Scotland, Caledonian MacBrayne, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, EventScotland, the Royal Bank of Scotland, SQA, BBC ALBA, the Scottish Government and Royal Mail.

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “The Royal National Mod is a wonderful celebration and showcase of Scotland’s cultural heritage, which generates huge profile for the country every year. We have been working with the team at the Mod since 2004, and are delighted to continue our support as part of our commitment to National Gaelic Strategy. This year as we celebrate Homecoming Scotland 2014, the Mod will be the centre piece of the Highland Homecoming programme - a two-month long series of events ranging from the traditional to the cutting edge.”

For full event
programme and details, visit www.ancomunn.co.uk
or for Fringe events visit www.modinbhirnis.co.uk

For media information
please contact Wire Media, 0141 440 6761

Kirsty Atkinson, kirsty@wire-media.co.uk,
07736 281 684

Ewan MacGill, Ewan@wire-media.co.uk,
07834 459 955

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Mod 2014 Entry Deadline

Published: 30 May 2014

Please remember that TOMORROW is the deadline entry for this year’s Royal National Mod.

To submit entries online go to:

http://enter.ancomunn.co.uk/users/add

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Gaelic Karaoke in Inverness

Published: 22 May 2014

​Saturday 31st May, 2014 @ 7.30pm.

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Inverness 400 Club

Published: 22 May 2014

The winners in the May draw are:

£250 Morven MacLeod, Inverness

£100 Jane Riddick, Beauly

£50 Floranne Reid, Rosemarkie

Congratulations!

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Choral Competitions

Published: 21 May 2014

Please note that the rule for Junior choral and senior choral competitions stating, “Prescribed pieces may be sung, if necessary, a semi-tone higher or lower than the set key” is no longer applicable and all choirs may sing prescribed pieces in their own chosen key.

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Inverness 400 Club

Published: 21 Apr 2014

Here are the winners of the April draw:

£250 Jean Mackay, Inverness

£100 Peggy Mackintosh, Inverness

350 C.A. Hollas, Inverness

Congratulations!

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Online Mod Entries

Published: 21 Apr 2014

Online entry will shortly be available.

If you are unable to use our online entry system a conventional Mod entry form is available here.

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Syllabus Amendments

Published: 16 Apr 2014

Many of you will be preparing to submit entry forms for this year’s Royal National Mod. Be sure to use the most up to date version of the syllabus as changes may have been made to your competition.

Junior Syllabus 2014

Senior Syllabus 2014

(The most recent amendments are marked in red).

The deadline for entries to be submitted is 31st May 2014.

Should you require any further informaiton, get in touch on 01463 709 705 or email info@ancomunn.co.uk.

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Music Amendments

Published: 31 Mar 2014

The prescribed pieces for the Royal National Mod in Inverness in 2014 are available to buy. The Music Committee have issued changes to the following competition pieces. The changes are explained below and should be adhered to for these pieces.

If you have any queries regarding these changes, please don’t hesitate to contact James Graham at james@ancomunn.co.ukor telephone 01463 709 705.


A221 Mo chailin donn ògVerse 5, line 3 should read;

Nach cosg anns a’ bhliadhn’ blaigh trian a’ ghallain

C78

Please note that the two pieces for C78 that appear in the ‘Còisirean òigridh, luchd-ionnsachaidh’ booklet for Mòd 2014 have been amended and redrafted. These are being reissued to choirs competing in this competition. To get the correct, amended copies please contact An Comunn Gàidhealach at info@ancomunn.co.uk.

A234 ‘O gur mis’ tha sona dheth’:

Verse one is to be sung again at the end of the song.

C44A Hè gràdh, hò gràdh

Chorus to be sung after verse 3 and verse 4 only

C44A Hè gràdh, ho gràdh

Bar 11-the A on the word ‘ghràdh’ should be a B, making two consecutive B’s

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Inverness 400 Club

Published: 19 Mar 2014

The winners in the March draw were:

£250 Margaret MacLennan, Stornoway

£100 E M MacDonald,Inverness

£50 James Matheson, Muirof Ord

Congratulations!

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Inverness 400 Club

Published: 17 Feb 2014

The winners in our February draw were:

£250 Mrs K.A. Mackellar, Auldearn

£100 Iain Macaulay, Isle of Lewis

£50 E.M. MacDonald, Inverness

Congratulations!

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Inverness 400 Club

Published: 17 Feb 2014

The winners in our February draw were:

£250 Mrs K.A. Mackellar, Auldearn

£100 Iain Macaulay, Isle of Lewis

£50 E.M. MacDonald, Inverness

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Inverness Soup Lunch

Published: 12 Feb 2014

Inverness 400 Club

Published: 12 Feb 2014

Here are the winner’s of the latest draw:

£250 Donald MacArthur, Inverness

£100 John Morrison, Broughty Ferry

£50 Audrey Barnett, Inverness

Congratulations!


To join the 400 Club please contact:

Donald Macleod: donald@macleod668.orangehome.co.uk

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Inverness 400 Club

Published: 07 Jan 2014

The winners in the December draw were:

£250 Murdina Mackay, Inverness

£100 Seumas Campbell, Bridge of Allan

£50 Shona Campbell, Inverness

Congratulations to you all!

To join the 400 Club please contact: Donald Macleod - donald@macleod668.orangehome.co.uk

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Silver Pendant Qualifying

Published: 13 Dec 2013

Prospective Silver Pendant competitors at next year’s Royal National Mòd are reminded that for competitions A252 (Ladies) and A253 (Men), they must choose a song which reflects a specified theme. For the 2014 Mòd, the theme for Ladies (A252) is Love. The theme for Men (A253) is War.

The respective themes will be chosen annually by the Mòd Music Committee and the themes will change from year to year. This variation has been made in order to offer competitors a wider range of song choice.

The specified themes will be communicated to competitors each year in the Mòd senior syllabus and in the list of prescribed pieces.

For any more information on this subject, please contact An Comunn Gàidhealach at: info@ancomunn.co.uk or tel: 01463 709705.

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Change to 13-18 Choral Comps

Published: 20 Nov 2013

There is a change in the format of junior choirs competitions aged 13-18 this year.

The fluent and learners’ competitions will now be merged into one set of open competitions for the two age groups. Therefore, choirs should learn the songs prescribed for C110, C111 & C112. Competitions C113, C114 & C115 are now obsolete.

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Inverness 400 Club

Published: 28 Oct 2013

The winners in our October 400club draw were:

£250 - Alison Matheson, Muir of Ord

£100 - Carol Mackay, Kyle of Lochalsh

£50 - Mrs M V Laycock, Nairn

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Thank You

Published: 21 Oct 2013

Well folks, that’s the Mod over for another year. What a fantastic week it was! A big thank you to each and every one of you for making it what it was.

Both our offices are closed this week so we will be open for business as usual next Monday.

We hope you all had a great week. See you in Inverness next year!

Mòran taing dhuibh uile!

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Good Luck Choirs

Published: 16 Oct 2013

​Good luck to all the choirs who will be competing tomorrow! No doubt you will all have had a busy day with practices… we look forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

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Open Stage @ Showcase

Published: 16 Oct 2013

​Attention all choir members, singers and instrumentalists / bands! If you are about tomorrow or Friday, pop over to the Piazza Shopping Centre in Paisley, where we have the Mod Showcase. We have an open stage there so it would be great to get some entertainment for all the shoppers!

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Traditional Final

Published: 16 Oct 2013

Below is the ballot for the Traditional final which will take place on Thursday evening at 7.30pm:


1. Michelle MacNeil

2. Tormod Macleòid

3. Eilidh Munro

4. Neil MacRitchie

5. Hannah Knight

6. Calum Angus Macdonald

7. Iseabail Nic an t-Sagairt

8. Ruairidh MacCormaig

9. Joan Morrison

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Gold Medal Final

Published: 16 Oct 2013

​Here is the ballot for the Final of the Gold Medal Competition will take place on Thursday 17th October at 9am:

1. Dòmhnall Iain Brown

2. F Ann Maclean

3. Robert Robertson

4. Eilidh Munro

5. Ross Crichton

6. Alison NicAnnain

7. John Howieson

8. Ceitidh Smith

9. Ruairidh Mac an t-Saoir

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Silver Pendant Final

Published: 16 Oct 2013

​The following competitors went through to the final of the Silver Pendant this evening:


1. Michelle McManus

2. Donald Maciver

3. Ainsley Hamill

4. Pòl Younger

5. Ellen Beard

6. Campbell Mackenzie

7. Jackie Cotter

8. Lawrence Butler Perks

9. Donna Dugdale

10. Alastair Gray

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Adjudication Sheets

Published: 14 Oct 2013

Adjudication sheets from Saturday’s competitions and today’s competitions are available in Paisley Town Hall. This will be open between 9-5 each day. But don’t worry if you can’t come along to collect them, we can always post them out to you after the Mod.

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Mod Office Number

Published: 14 Oct 2013

For information on tickets, concerts and so on - please contact the Mod Information Desk in Paisley Town Hall on 0141 618 5758.

For withdrawals and information on competitions and competitors, contact the Mod office on 0141 618 5949.

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Mod Programmes Available

Published: 07 Oct 2013

The Mod Programme is now available to buy in our offices in Inverness and Stornoway and from the Gaelic Books Council in Glasgow.

To order a copy, please contact 01851 703 487.

Mòran taing.

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Information for Journalists / Media

Published: 02 Oct 2013

​Would all media intending on visiting this year’s Mod in Paisley please register their details on our website to receive a press pass, access to the press office and press conferences, and regular updates on daily activity at this year’s Mod?

Register here:

http://www.ancomunn.co.uk/pages/press-pass-registration

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Change to A222

Published: 26 Sep 2013

Please note the following amendment:

A222 - Creach na Ciadain

Verse 3 - The word ‘fhaotainn’ in line 2 should be ‘fheutainn’

To view all other amendments to prescribed pieces, please click on the following link:

http://www.ancomunn.co.uk/nationalmod/moddetail/changes-to-prescribed-pieces

Verse
3-The word ‘fhaotainn’ in line 2 should be ‘fheutainn’

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Draft of Mod Programme

Published: 23 Sep 2013

You can view a draft of this year’s Mod programme via the link below:

Dreach Program a’ Mhoid 2013 (pdf)

The official Mod Programme will be available soon. Keep an eye on the website or on our facebook page to find out when they are here!

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Still Time to Enter New Competition

Published: 18 Sep 2013

Still Time to Enter New Competition

The Kennedy Gillies Trophy will be up for grabs in a new ceilidh singing competition at this year’s Royal National Mòd in Paisley. The competition will take place in “Hamishes Hoose” in Paisley during Mòd week. The winner will receive the coveted Kennedy Gillies Trophy which was kindly donated by the family of Calum Kennedy and Anne Gillies. There’s still time to get your entry in and compete in this informal competition. However, if you don’t fancy taking part, make sure and come along to enjoy the entertainment!

Information about the format

This competition will be held in Hamishes Hoose Bar in Paisley throughout Mòd week 2013. Qualifying rounds will be held on the evenings of Saturday 12th, Monday 14th, Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th October.

Entry to this competition is free. There will be a maximum of six competitors in each qualifying round and the winner of each qualifying round plus the best runner-up will go through to the grand final on the evening of Friday the 18th of October.

Each singer will perform a set of between 6 and 8 minutes in length. Each set must contain a minimum of three songs, and each song must have a minimum of two verses.

All songs must be in Gaelic.

Performers do not need to submit music or words to the adjudicators.

Links between songs should be predominantly in Gaelic. Songs can be accompanied or unaccompanied. A pianist and an accordionist will be provided. Other accompaniment may be used but this must be played by the singer him/herself.


A panel of judges will judge the competition and will award scores out of 10. The audience will vote for their favourite and their votes will be added to the scores given by the panel of judges.

Information about applications

If you are interested, applications can still besubmitted to: CeilidhSinging.Comp@hotmail.co.uk, or by contacting An Comunn Gàidhealach: info@ancomunn.co.uk or by telephone: 01463 709705.

Entries must include: Your name and contact details, either an e-mail address or a full postal address or a mobile number .


Please indicate if you are not available for one or more of the qualifying dates (NB - your non-availability on certain nights may affect your chances of being included in the competition).

After the closing date a draw will be made and the contestants will be allocated a specific qualifying round.

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Mod Programme

Published: 12 Sep 2013

Just to let you know, the Mod Programme will be available in the next couple of weeks - we will put a note up on here to let you know when it arrives.

Get in touch if you’d like to order a copy.

In the meantime, you can refer to the following draft version: Dreach Program a’ Mhoid 2013.pdf

Mòran taing!

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Overdue Trophies

Published: 09 Sep 2013

Do you still have trophies to return to us? PLEASE return these to us immediately - give us a call (01851 703 487) to let us know that you are arranging for them to be returned to us. If you are having difficulties in returning to them please let us know. They CANNOT be kept until Mod week.

Trophies should have been returned by July 31st!

Please ensure that trophies are engraved and polished.

Mòran taing!

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Volunteer at Paisley Mod!

Published: 05 Sep 2013

Would you like to steward or volunteer at Mòd Phàislig? We are having a stewards training and information session on Saturday 7 September at 2pm in the Wynd Centre, Paisley.

All help is appreciated!

Further information from the Local Organising Committee’s website: http://www.modphaislig.org/

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Ticket Order Form

Published: 04 Sep 2013

Below you will find a ticket order form for the 2013 Mod in Paisley and a flier with some of the stock on sale in the An Comunn Shop.

Ticket Order 2013 English.doc

Buth a’ Chomuinn.pdf

Should you wish to place an order, please return the forms to us and we’ll process your order as soon as possible. Should you require any further information, please get in touch.

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Paisley to host 110th Royal National Mòd for the first time

Published: 15 Aug 2013

INCREASE IN CHILDREN’S ENTRIES

MAIN PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED FOR GAELIC EVENT

Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd), Scotland’s premier event celebrating Gaelic linguistic and cultural heritage, will this year travel to Paisley for the first time in its 121 year history.

The eight day celebration of Gaelic music, dance, drama, arts and literature, which takes place from Friday 11th until Saturday 19th October, is set to attract thousands of participants and visitors.

Organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach, the world’s oldest and most respected national Gaelic organisation, The Royal National Mòd is a competition based event which attracts Highland dancers, pipers, musicians, singers and many more competitors from communities throughout the world.

Now in its 121st year the Royal National Mòd has a long and impressive history and has evolved to become the most important festival of the Gaelic language in Scotland, regularly playing host to Gaelic speakers and competitors from as far afield as Australia, the USA and Canada.

John Morrison, chief executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach, said: We’re absolutely delighted to bring the Royal National Mòd to Paisley for the very first time.

It’s really encouraging to see that even though this is the first time we’ve brought the Mòd to Paisley, we are seeing such high entries to competitions from adults and children from all over Scotland and further afield. With almost 3,000 participants already registered to take part, we can see that this Mòd is going to be a really busy, lively event with the numbers of entries close to the numbers achieved at the 2009 Mòd which was held in Oban.

We applaud the hard work of the local committee and thank the support of our sponsors in bringing this event to the central belt, and we hope that everyone will join us in having a fantastic week.

First held in 1892, the Royal National Mòd has evolved to be the second most important festival in Scotland, with ever increasing popularity and visitors coming from as far as Australia, the USA and Canada. Since 1912 the Mòd has been associated with the royal family, the Queen herself is a patron of the Mòd’s parent body An Comunn Gàidhealach, and members of the Royal Family regularly attend the event including HRH Duke of Rothesay who visited the Mòd in 2010 when Caithness played host for the first time.

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Renfrewshire Council Leader, said: We are delighted to be able to welcome the Royal National Mòd toPaisley for the first time.

We look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to the area during the Mòd and are sure they will find plenty to see and do while here.

Renfrewshire offers superb transport links and a stunning architectural heritage, all of which will be showcased during the Mòd.

With The Spree festival happening at the same time, there will be a real festival atmosphere to the town throughout October.

While the Mòd is mainly a competition based event, it also has a huge social influence and responsibility. By promoting and celebrating the Gaelic culture publicly on an international stage, it helps to bring people and communities - Gaels and non-Gaels - together. It provides an incentive for talented individuals and groups to develop and refine their talents in the public arena.

The Royal National Mòd offers a huge range of opportunities for people to compete, from fluent Gaelic speakers to those in the fledgling stages of learning the language.

The event kicks off on Friday 11th October with a torchlight procession organised by the local committee and involving the many competitors and members of the local community as they walk from Paisley Museum to Paisley Town Hall marking the start of this year’s Royal National Mòd. A grand opening ceremony will then take place in Paisley’s newly refurbished Town Hall early evening featuring performances from musicians, dancers and singers.

Martin Dorchester, managing director of CalMac, said: CalMac has been delighted to support the Royal National Mòd for many years. It has the twin benefits of underlining our support to the Gaelic language and also provides a unique opportunity to meet and engage with people from across our network over the course of the week. We are looking forward to coming to Paisley and are sure it will be a memorable event for all concerned.

Saturday traditionally plays host to the annual shinty match which this year sees Kyles Athletic play Glasgow Mid Argyll. There will also be a fiercely fought out football competition with competitors to be announced soon. The fiddlers rally is also hosted over the weekend with hundreds of musicians demonstrating their skills in a musical maelstrom. Traditionally tickets go very fast for this high octane spectacle which visitors won’t want to miss.

Children’s competitions take place at the start of the week with nearly 1,735 children from across the country taking part. The increase in numbers at the children’s Mòd reflects the impact that Gaelic Medium Education is now having on the revival of the Gaelic language in the central belt. The adult Traditional and Gold Medal qualifying rounds take place on Wednesday 16 October with the finals on Thursday 17 October.

The coveted Lovat & Tullibardine and Margrat Duncan titles will be awarded on Friday 19 October before the final concert takes place. The grand finale of the 2013 Royal National Mòd will take place on Saturday 20 October when the Massed Choirs will gather and perform in front of Paisley Town Hall.

The fringe activities also offer an annual opportunity for Gaels and non-Gaels to gather and renew old friendships as well as forging new ones. Fringe activity for this year includes ceilidhs, music, comedy events as well as for the first time, the Kennedy Gillies competition in a changed format this year.

There will be a maximum of six competitors in each qualifying round and the winner of each qualifying round plus the best runner-up will go through to the grand final on the evening of Friday 18th October held in Hamishes Hoose Bar in Paisley throughout Mòd week 2013. The winner will receive the Kennedy Gillies award, kindly donated by the family of Calum Kennedy and Anne Gillies.

Bòrd na Gàidhlig Ceannard (CEO), John Angus MacKay said: Bòrd na Gàidhlig welcomes the Royal National Mòd to Paisley. We expect that a Mòd in Paisley, and the publicity surrounding it, will generate additional interest in the Gaelic language and also encourage parents to take advantage of the educational opportunities and benefits available for their children through the language.

The focus the Mòd will bring on Gaelic in this area gives added impetus to our discussion with the Local Authority in this and surrounding areason how best to meet growing demand and to encourage young people to consider a career path using Gaelic.

The Royal National Mòd is supported by Renfrewshire Council, Caledonian MacBrayne, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, EventScotland, the national events agency, the Royal Bank of Scotland, SQA, BBC ALBA, the Scottish Government and Royal Mail.

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: We’re pleased to be supporting The Royal National Mòd once again this year, an event recognized all over the world as a key celebration of Gaelic culture and language. We are delighted that entries have been high and it’s great that the event continues to attract new support from the central belt of Scotland. With so many activities for thousands of children and adults, and running alongside The Spree this year, the week should be a tremendous celebration of culture and heritage in Paisley.

The Spree (10 to 20 October) is returning to Paisley after a successful debut in 2012 and has been designed to run alongside the Royal National Mòd.

For full event programme and details, visit www.acgmod.org or for Fringe events visit www.modphaislig.org

For more information about the Spree, please visit www.thespree.co.uk

ENDS

For media information please contact:

Tracy Simpson at DADA on 0141 222 2266 / 07515 066358 / tracy.simpson@dada.co.uk

Chris Brown at DADA on 0141 222 2266 / chris.brown@dada.co.uk

Photo captions:

Ruby O'Hagan, 6, Thorn Primary School, Johnstone practises her Highland Fling ahead of competing in this year's Royal National Mòd which will be held in Paisley for the first time in its 121 year history.

Ruaidhri Irivine, 17, Douglas Academy, Milngavie plays the Clarsach while Ruby O'Hagan, 6, Thorn Primary School, Johnstone practises her Highland Fling ahead of competing in this year's Royal National Mòd which will be held in Paisley for the first time in its 121 year history.

Caragh MacKinnon, 15, and Abbie MacNeil, 16, from Glasgow Gaelic School practise their Highland Fling ahead of competing in this year's Royal National Mòd which will be held in Paisley for the first time in its 121 year history.

Ruaidhri Irivine, 17, plays the Clarsach while Caragh MacKinnon, 15, European and British Open champion Abbie MacNeil,16, and Ruby O'Hagan, 6, practise the Highland Fling ahead of competing in this year's Royal National Mòd which will be held in Paisley for the first time in its 121 year history.

Notes to editors

  • Organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach, which is the oldest and most respected national Gaelic organisation, The Royal National Mòd is a competition based festival which attracts competitors from Gaelic communities throughout the UK, Ireland, Australia, Germany, Canada and the USA and is considered the biggest event of the Gaelic calendar.
  • EventScotland: EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland's international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors. For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit www.EventScotland.org. Follow EventScotland on Twitter @EventScotNews. EventScotland is part of VisitScotland, the national tourism organisation which markets Scotland as a tourism destination across the world, gives support to the tourism industry and brings sustainable tourism growth to Scotland.
  • Year of Natural Scotland: Year of Natural Scotland www.visitscotland.com/natural is a campaign to showcase Scotland's outstanding natural beauty, unique natural environment and grow tourism spend in every corner of the country. It is a partnership between the Scottish Government, VisitScotland, EventScotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.
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Royal National Mòd - Schedule of events 2013

Date Event Venue*
Friday 11 Oct Opening ceremony Paisley Town Hall
Saturday 12 Oct Mòd Shinty Cup Final
Kyles Athletic vs Glasgow
Mid Argyll
Thornly Park
Fiddlers’ Rally Paisley Abbey
Piping Paisley Grammar School
Sunday 13 Oct Mòd Church Service Paisley Abbey
Monday 14 Oct Children Prizewinners’ Concert Paisley Town Hall
Tuesday 15 Oct Children Prizewinners’ Concert Paisley Town Hall
Wednesday 16 Oct Literature Awards Renfrewshire Council Buildings (Marriage Suite) - TBC
Gold medal Qualifying Coats Memorial Church
Silver Pendant Final Paisley Town Hall
Drama Finals University of West of Scotland (Brough Hall)
Traditional Gold Medal Qualifying Coats Memorial Church
Thursday 17 Oct Highland Dancing University of West of Scotland
Gold Medal Finals Paisley Town Hall
Traditional Gold Medal Final Paisley Town Hall
Friday 18 Oct Lovat & Tullibardine Paisley Town Hall
Margrat Duncan Paisley Town Hall
Final concert Paisley Town Hall
Saturday 19 Oct Mass choir Meet at front of Paisley Town Hall

* may be subject to change. Check website to confirm.

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Draft Mod Programme

Published: 22 Jul 2013

Please click below to view a draft timetable for this year’s Royal National Mod in Paisley.

Please be aware that some of the information may be subject to change.

Dreach Program a’ Mhoid 2013.pdf

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Submit Own Choice Pieces Via Website

Published: 28 Jun 2013

If you have entered for this year’s competitions via our website you can also submit your own choice pieces in the same way. Sign in to your account by clicking on the link below, and then go to ‘Manage Submissions’. You will then be given the option to upload your file(s) and to submit them.

http://enter.acgmod.org.uk/

If you did not enter for competitions online, you will have to either post your pieces (3 copies please) to: Mod Administrator, An Comunn Gàidhealach, Balnain House, 40 Huntly Street, Inverness, IV3 5HR or email them to rena@ancomunn.co.uk

ALL OWN CHOICE PIECES MUST BE RECEIVED BY 30TH JUNE.

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Mod Testing in Glasgow

Published: 17 Jun 2013

A Mòd testing day will be held in Glasgow on Saturday 6th July at Glasgow University.

If you wish to sit a test on this day please get in touch with James Graham in order to arrange appointments. E-mail: james@ancomunn.co.uk. Tel: 01463 709705.

Please note, there will be further opportunities throughout the year for testing.

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Uist Night Cancelled

Published: 12 Jun 2013

Uist Night -15th June 2013

Unfortunately this event has had to be cancelled due to the tragic recent event in North Uist.

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Piping Competitions

Published: 04 Jun 2013

The Mòd will take in Paisley this year with the piping competitions taking place on Saturday 12th October 2013.

Both senior and juniors entries for any piping competitions must be submitted to An Comunn Gàidhealach by Friday 12th July 2013.

You can download an entry form at http://www.acgmod.org/nationalmod/entryform; entries can also be made online at www.acgmod.org/nationalmod/entryform. Details about the competitions themselves can be found by downloading the syllabus at: http://www.acgmod.org/nationalmod/rules

This year sees the introduction of a new open junior Piping competition for under 19 years of age. The competition is the playing of a Piobaireachd and is competitor’s choice.

Please forward this information to anyone you think may be interested in taking part in the Mòd piping.

For any further information, please visit www.acgmod.org and our facebook page facebook.com/royalnationalmod.

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Volunteer at Paisley Mod

Published: 22 May 2013

Paisley Mod

Would you like to be part of Mòd Phàislig? How about stewarding at one of our venues during Mòd week? If you are interested direct message us and we’ll get in touch!

twitter – @ModPhaislig2013
facebook – modphaislig2013
Email - modphaislig2013@yahoo.co.uk
call – 07535 514 385

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Paisley Ball!

Published: 20 May 2013

Inverness 400 Club

Published: 29 Apr 2013

The winners in the April draw for the 400 club are:

£250 M V Laycock, Nairn

£100 Iain Macaulay, Newmarket, Lewis

£50 Donald MacDonald, Stornoway

Congratulations!

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Changes to Rules

Published: 26 Apr 2013

A number of changes have been made to the Rules of An Comunn Gaidhealach. Please read through these carefull in case any of them may affect your competitions.

You can view the changes below:

Rules of An Comunn Gaidhealach March 2013.doc

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A308 Amendment

Published: 25 Apr 2013

A308 Tha bean agam (Puirt)

Please click on the following amended musical insert for A308 noting additional changes. The insert refers to the port ‘Tha bean agam’, bars 43, 44 & 45 (page 26 of the booklet version). For choirs who are working from the electronic version, these are bars 147, 148 & 149.

INSERT A308.pdf

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Mod 2013 Entry Forms

Published: 17 Apr 2013

You can download entry forms for this year’s Royal National Mod here.

For further information, please contact 01463 709 705 or email: rena@ancomunn.co.uk

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Win £200 in New Song Comp!

Published: 05 Apr 2013

Find out more infomation on Competition L402 here: http://www.acgmod.org/nationalmod/rules

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Changes to 2013 Prescribed Pieces

Published: 04 Apr 2013

The Mod Music Committee have issued changes to the following competition pieces. The changes should be adhered to for all these pieces. If you have any queries, please contact James Graham: james@ancomunn.co.uk or 01463 709 705.

A300-An Dubh-Ghleannach

Bar 45-Words in bass part should be as tenor part.

A302-Eilean mo chrìdh’

Bar 36, word should be ‘thall’ and not ‘ann’

A303-Och nan och ‘s mi fo lèireadh

First note in the soprano’s part should be an E flat, not an F.

Bar 39: Sop and Alto parts should sing ‘laill o ho’ and not ‘faill o ho’.
Bar 50: ‘Hù o ro ho io’, not ‘…a o ro ho io’
Bar 52: Word on first note is ‘ho’, not ‘o’
Bar 54: Word on first note is ‘ho’, not ‘hi’

Bar 78- should be ‘mhuir na mìll’ rather than ‘muir na mhìll’.

Bar 104: ‘laill o ho’, not ‘faill
Bar 106-the word in bass part should be, lèireadh’ and not ‘leiridh’

306-Haoidealan dubh

Bar 44-The word ‘Tha’ is missing in alto part (on the last quaver).

A308-Puirt

Tha bean agam-bar 124 (bar 20 in booklet), tenor and bass should read; ‘thug’ instead of ‘thig’.

Tha bean agam-bar 112 & 148 (8 & 44 in booklet), the crotchet and quaver on the word ‘salach’ should be the other way around, in all parts.

Tha bean agam-bar 148-error in Soprano: should be C sharp (t) not C natural (ta)

Tha bean agam- bar 161 (bar 57 in booklet), the soprano part should read; ‘lèine gheal’ instead of ‘Dè nì mi’.

C78 Ruidhlidh na coilich dhubha

Verse 2 should read:

Ma phòsas Annag an-diugh

Pòsaidh gach uile tè

Ma phòsas Annag an-diugh

Sgaradh air an t-seana bhean

A306, Och nan och ‘s mi fo lèireadh

In bar 31, Alto line, the the vocable ‘Hur-a’ should be ‘Hiu-ra’.

C78 Gille-Calum (Danns’ a’ chlaidheimh)

The solfa in the first two bars of line two (bar 5 & 6) should read: r, ta, s, f, r, ta

A308 Tha bean agam (Puirt)

Please click on the following amended musical insert for A308 noting additional changes. The insert refers to the port ‘Tha bean agam’, bars 43, 44 & 45 (page 26 of the booklet version). For choirs who are working from the electronic version, these are bars 147, 148 & 149.

INSERT A308.pdf

Cumaibh sùil air an làrach-lin againn gun fhios nach bidh fiosrachadh sam bith againn mu na farpaisean. Keep an eye on our website for any new information about competitions:

www.acgmod.org/nationalmod/moddetail/changes-to-prescribed-pieces

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Changes to Syllabus

Published: 04 Apr 2013

An Comunn Gàidhealach has made the following amendments to the Royal National Mod Syllabus which will apply to this year’s Mod:

The following competitions will be removed:

• C47 (Conversation Learners 9-10 years)

• C47A (Conversation Learners 11-12 years)

• C48 (Storytelling Learners 9-10 years)

• C48A (Storytelling Learners 11-12 years)

• C50 (Bible Reading Learners 9-10 years)

• C50A (Bible Reading Learners 11-12 years)

• C82 (Keyboard Open Under 13 years)

• C117 (Keyboard Open 13-18 years)

• C154 (Art Poster Open 16-18 years)

• C170B (Action Song Open Under 19 Years)

• A201 (Recitation, Competitor’s Choice, Senior Learners)

• A202 (Reading Senior Learners)

• A203 (Speech Senior Learners)

• A207 (Recitation, Poetry Composed by Competitor, Senior Fluent)

• A208 (Ancient Folk Tale Senior Fluent)

• A209 (Speech Senior Fluent)

The following competitions will be merged into one competition:

• C24 (Conversation Learners 5-6 years) & C24A (Conversation Learners 7-8 years) will become: C24 (Conversation Learners 5-8 years)

• C25 (Storytelling Learners 5-6 years) & C25A (Storytelling Learners 7-8 years) will become: C25 (Storytelling Learners 5-8 years)

• C39 (Ancient Folk Tale Fluent 9-10 years) & C39A (Ancient Folk Tale Fluent 11-12 years) will become: C39 (Ancient Folk Tale Fluent 9-12 years)

• C43 (Bible Reading Fluent 9-10 years) & C43A (Bible Reading Fluent 11-12 years) will become: C43 (Bible Reading Open 9-12 years)

• C139 (Ancient Folk Tale Fluent 16-18 years), C141 (Storytelling Fluent 16-18 years) and C149 (Storytelling Learners 16-18 years) will become: C141 (Storytelling Open 16-18 years)

• C140 (Understanding Fluent 16-18 years) & C148 (Understanding Learners 16- 18 years) will become: C140 (Understanding Open 16-18 years)

• C143 (Conversation Fluent 16-18 years) & C151 (Conversation Learners 16-18 years) will become: C143 (Conversation Open 16-18 years)

The following competitions will be introduced to the syllabus:

• C178A Accordion (Piano or 3/4/5 row button instrument with Stradella bass) Play a selection of contemporary traditional tunes. Own Choice.

• C180 Waulking (Singing waulking song of own choice. Group must consist of at least 7 persons. Time allocated 10 minutes (this includes setting-up time)).

• C181 New Waulking Song New Gaelic waulking song, put to music. (More than one person may be involved in this work.) Please submit a copy of written music or a CD of the music and written words.

Please click on the following link to view all this year’s competitions. Please ensure you refer to the Rules of the competitions, as there may be amendments which apply to your competitions:



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Soup & Sandwiches Cancelled

Published: 15 Mar 2013

Soup and Sandwiches - Saturday 16th March 2013

The Soup and Sandwiches which was to be held on Sat 16th March is now cancelled as a mark of respect for our friend Murdo Macleod who passed away this week.

Murdo was a loyal supporter of our branch until he became ill and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Catriona and family.

This would have been our final event for this season and we thank you all for your support over the last 6 months.

Regards

Norman Mackay -Branch Chairperson

Meur Inbhir Nis (Inverness Branch)

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Change to C78

Published: 11 Mar 2013

Please note the following amendment:

C78 Gille-Calum (Danns’ a’ chlaidheimh)

The solfa in the first two bars of line two (bar 5 & 6) should read: r, ta, s, f, r, ta

For a full list of changes to this year’s prescribed pieces, please click on the following link:

http://www.acgmod.org/nationalmod/moddetail/changes-to-prescribed-pieces

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Inverness Soup & Sandwiches

Published: 11 Mar 2013

This is a reminder of our final “Soup and Sandwiches” for this season on March 2013.

We are grateful for all your support at these events over the last 6 months and the programme for 2013/14 will be issued in due course.

An Comunn Gàidhealach

Inverness Branch

“Soup and Sandwiches”

Saturday 16th March 2013

12 - 2pm

Dunbar Centre, 86 Church Street

Inverness

Adults £3

Children £1.50

Includes Tea and Coffee

Also

“Royal National Mod 400 Club March draw”

All Welcome

“All proceeds go towards the running of the Inverness Local Mod in June 2013 and The Royal National Mod in 2014”

(The Inverness Local Mod will be held in the Eden Court Theatre on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd June 2013.

The Syllabus is now available fom Jean Mackay at Tel. 07751777249 or E-Mail sineanna@aol.comand.)



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Change to A306

Published: 01 Mar 2013

A306, Och nan och ‘s mi fo lèireadh

In bar 31, Alto line, the the vocable ‘Hur-a’ should be ‘Hiu-ra’.



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Change to C78

Published: 27 Feb 2013

Please note the following amendment:

C78 Ruidhlidh na coilich dhubha

The last line of verse 2 should read, “sgaradh air an t-seana bhean”



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Inverness 400 Club Results

Published: 27 Feb 2013

The results of the February draw are:

£250 - Pam Barnet, Inverness

£100 - C. A. Hollas, Inverness

£50 - Mary Hanna, Huntly

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Inverness Ladies Night!

Published: 18 Feb 2013

An Comunn Gàidhealach

(Inverness Branch)

Ladies Night!!

Treat yourselves to an evening of pampering by fully qualified Beauty Therapists.

(maximum of two treatments of choice)

Friday 22nd February 2013

7 – 9.30pm

Recreation Hall, Raigmore Hospital

Inverness

Wine and Nibbles … Raffle at 9.30pm

Admission £10

Please Contact Kathleen at 01463 241340 or Murdina at 01463 791361 for details.

All proceeds go towards the running of the Inverness Local Mod in June 2013 and The Royal National Mod in 2014.



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Inverness Soup Lunch & 400 Club

Published: 12 Feb 2013

An Comunn Gàidhealach

Inverness Branch

Soup and Sandwiches

Saturday 16th February 2013

12 - 2pm

Dunbar Centre, 86 Church Street

Inverness

Adults £3

Children £1.50

Tea and Coffee

Royal National Mod 400 Club February draw

All Welcome

All proceeds go towards the running of the Inverness Local Mod in June 2013 and The Royal National Mod in 2014

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Mod 2016 Meeting

Published: 08 Feb 2013

A Public Meeting will be held this Tuesday in Stornoway in order to establish a Local Organising Committee for the Royal National Mod which is to be held in the Western Isles in 2016.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday 12th February in the Council Chambers, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar at 7.30pm.

If you are interested in getting involved with the Committee, come along!

For further information please contact: An Comunn Gàidhealach, Leverhulme House, Perceval Square, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis Tel: 01851 703487

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Inverness 400 Club / Soup!

Published: 12 Nov 2012

Soup and Sandwiches

Saturday 17th November 2012

12 Noon - 2pm


The November 400 Club draw will take place here as well.

Come along, bring a friend and have the chance of some extra Christmas cash!

Our Soup and Sandwiches dates for the season are:

17 November 2012

8 December 2012

12 January 2013

16 February 2013

16 March 2013

We look forward to seeing you all.

All proceeds go towards the running of the Inverness Local Mod in 2013 and the Royal National Mod 2014

We are grateful for all your support at these events!

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Highland Dancing

Published: 05 Nov 2012

This year’s contest was held in the Hunter’s Quay Holiday Village. The event attracted a large entry, from all over Scotland, from the Islands and Highlands, and with one competitor making the long journey from Moscow!

Competition was very keen, and results are listed in the document below.

Highland Dancing 2012.pdf

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Thank You

Published: 31 Oct 2012

We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who were involved in Mod 2012, whether competing, adjudicating, chairing or working behind the scenes. Thank you also to all who came to spectate during the course of the week – we hope you enjoyed yourselves. Congratulations to all who took part in this year’s competitions!

A special thank you must go to the Local Organising Committee in Dunoon and all who volunteered in any way before and during the Mod. We are very aware of all the hard work that is undertaken by the Local Committee in the 3 years prior to the Mod and for that we are very grateful.

We are now looking ahead to Mod 2013 in Paisley. Best wishes to the Local Organising Committee there for their preparations over the next year – we hope to see you all there!

Mòran taing dhuibh uile!

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Adult competitions Commence!

Published: 17 Oct 2012

Well done to all the children who took part in this year’s Royal National Mod! Check out our results section of the website to view who took home the prizes for this year’s competitions:

http://www.acgmod.org/nationalmod/results-2012/

The adult competitions have now commenced with the Silver Pendant, Drama, Traditional and Gold Medal Finals taking place this evening (Wednesday) and tomorrow.

We would like to wish all individual competitors, groups and choirs all the very best for competitions taking place on Thursday and Friday. Good luck and enjoy yourselves!

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Fiddler’s Rally

Published: 13 Oct 2012

This year’s Fiddler’s Rally concert will take place this evening (Saturday 14th) in the Queen’s Hall, Dunoon at 7.30pm.

Tickets can be purchased at the Mod Information Desk in the Queens Hall up until 5pm. Alternatively, you can pay at the door.

Tickets are priced £9 for An Comunn members and £10 for non-members.

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Results

Published: 13 Oct 2012

Keep up to date with the results from this year’s Royal National Mod competitions.

You can view these via the following link:

http://www.acgmod.org/nationalmod/results

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Traditional Final

Published: 10 Oct 2012

Please note that the Traditional Final competition on Thursday 18th October will commence at 19.30 and not 19.00 as stated on the Events list on page 15 in the programme.

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Celtic Praise Time Amendment

Published: 05 Oct 2012

Please note that the Celtic Praise service at this year’s Royal National Mod will take place at 8pm on Sunday 14th October, in the Queen’s Hall, and not at 8.30pm.

We hope to see you there!

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Outstanding Trophies!

Published: 04 Oct 2012

There are still a number of trophies that have not been returned to the Mod office. This will inevitably cause huge disappointment for new competitors, if there is no prize to be awarded to them on the day.

If you are still in possession of any trophies, please call us on 01851 703 487 to advise us of their return.

As stated in the rules, those who have not returned their trophies by August 31st will incur a fine.

If your intention is to bring them to the Mod in Dunoon this year, you MUST notify us of this.

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Inverness Fashion Show

Published: 25 Sep 2012

An Comunn Gaidhealach


Royal National Mod 2014 & Inverness Local Mod

“Autumn Fashion Show”

M & Co, Academy Street, Inverness

Thursday 4th October 2012

Contact details:

Kathleen Macleod 01463 241340 or Mobile 07833950275

Murdina Mackay 01463 791361 or Mobile 07833666353

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September 400 Club Draw

Published: 21 Sep 2012

Here are the winners of the September Inverness 400 Club - Congratulations!

£250 - Aberfeldy and District Gaelic Choir

£100 - Floranne Reid, Rosemarkie

£50 - P.W.Harkness, Inverness

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New Clarsach Society Email

Published: 20 Sep 2012

Please note the new email address for the Clarsach Society:

office@clarsachsociety.co.uk

Michelle Kelly, Administrator

The Clarsach Society - Comunn na Clàrsaich

Studio G43, Out of the Blue Drill Hall

36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh

EH6 8RG

Tel - 0131 554 0212

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Mod 2012 Schedule Announced

Published: 17 Sep 2012

DUNOON TO HOST 109th ROYAL NATIONAL Mòd

PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED FOR DUNOON EVENT

Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd), Scotland’s premier festival celebrating Gaelic linguistic and cultural heritage, will this year travel to Dunoon for the seventh time in its 120 year history, last visiting the town in 2006.

The eight day celebration of Gaelic music, dance, drama, arts and literature, which takes place from Friday 12th until Saturday 20th October, is set to attract thousands of participants and visitors.

Organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach, the world’s oldest and most respected Gaelic organisation, The Royal National Mòd is a competition based event which attracts Highland dancers, pipers, musicians, singers and many more competitors from communities throughout the world.

Now in its 120th year, the Royal National Mòd has a long and impressive history and has evolved to become the most important festival of the Gaelic language in Scotland, regularly playing host to Gaelic speakers and competitors from as far afield as Australia, USA and Canada.

John Morrison, chief executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach, said: “This is the seventh time Dunoon has hosted the Royal National Mòd and we’re delighted to come back to Dunoon as we always receive such a fantastic welcome from the locals here.

“Having recently played host to the Cowal Highland Games, the people in Dunoon are well versed in accommodating a plethora of dancers, musicians and pipers so we’ll be sure to take full advantage of the hospitality throughout our week-long visit.”

First held in 1892, the Royal National Mòd has evolved to be the second most important festival in Scotland, with ever increasing popularity and visitors coming from as far as Australia, USA and Canada. Since 1912 the Mòd has been associated with the royal family, the Queen herself is a patron of the Mòd’s parent body An Comunn Gàidhealach, and members of the Royal Family regularly attend the event including HRH Duke of Rothesay who visited the Mòd in 2010 when Caithness played host for the first time.


While the Mòd is mainly a competition based event, it also has a huge social influence and responsibility. By promoting and celebrating the Gaelic culture publicly on an international stage, it helps to bring people and communities – Gaelic and non-Gaelic – together. It provides an incentive for talented individuals and groups to develop and refine their talents in the public arena.

The Royal National
Mòd offers a huge range of opportunities for people to compete, from fluent Gaelic speakers to those in the fledgling stages of learning the language.

The festival kicks off on Friday 12th October with a grand opening ceremony taking place in the Queen’s Hall early evening.

Saturday traditionally plays host to the annual shinty match which this year sees Kyles Athletic play Bute as well as the fiercely fought out football competition this year Dunoon will play against the 2013 Mòd host venue: Paisley. The fiddlers rally is also hosted over the weekend in the Queen’s Hall with hundreds of musicians demonstrating their skills in a musical maelstrom.

Children’s competitions take place at the start of the week and with nearly 1,650 children from across the country taking part, entries look similar to the last time the Mòd visited Dunoon. The adult Traditional and Gold Medal qualifying rounds and Clarsach competions will take place on Wednesday 17 October with the finals on Thursday 18 October. Entries from male competitors are very healthy with more men entering both the Traditional and Gold medal competitions this year.

The coveted Lovat & Tullibardine and Margrat Duncan titles will be awarded on Friday 19 October before the final concert takes place. The grand finale of the 2012 Royal National Mòd will take place on Saturday 20 October when the Massed Choirs will gather and parade through Dunoon town centre led by local Pipe bands.

The fringe activities also offer an annual opportunity for Gaels and non-Gaels to gather and renew old friendships as well as forging new ones. Activity for this year includes ceilidhs in the Glenmorag Hotel, Park Hotel, the Braes, Ingrams bar, Sinbads and 51st State as well as a concert to commemorate the 120 year link between the Clarsach Society and the Royal National Mòd, which will be held on Wednesday 17th October and features music from Mòd Gold Medallists Wilma Kennedy and James Graham, with musicians Màiri and Calum Macleod.

Argyll and Bute council leader, Cllr. Roddy McCuish, said: “Whenever the Mòd is hosted in Argyll and Bute we feel it is coming home, as our history is closely entwined with the Mòd.

“The first ever festival was held in Oban in 1892 and now it is an internationally recognised event and attracts enthusiasts from all over the world.

“Another major benefit of the Mòd is that it provides a major economic and cultural boost to the host area and attracts considerable national and international publicity, helping to raise the profile of the town in which the event is being held.

“The local Mòd committee, Argyll and Bute Council and the local community will be very pleased to welcome visitors to the Mòd in Dunoon 2012.”

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “In 2012, the Year of Creative Scotland, we are delighted to once again be supporting the Royal National Mòd, which will celebrate the Gaelic language and Scotland’s rich cultural heritage. Scotland is the perfect stage for events, and Dunoon will undoubtedly provide the ideal backdrop to what is one of the country’s most iconic events.”

The Royal National Mòd is supported by Argyll & Bute Council, Caledonian MacBrayne, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, EventScotland, the national events agency, the Royal Bank of Scotland, SQA, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, BBC ALBA, the Scottish Government and Royal Mail.

For full festival programme and details, visit www.acgmod.org or www.dunoonmod2012.org.uk

Royal National Mòd – Schedule of events 2012

Date

Event

Venue*

Friday 12 Oct

Opening ceremony

Queen’s Hall

Saturday 13 Oct

Mòd Shinty Cup Final

Dunoon stadium

Fiddlers’ Rally

Queen’s Hall

Piping

Kirn Primary School

Sunday 14 Oct

Mòd Church Service

St John’s Church

Celtic Praise

Queen’s Hall

Monday 15 Oct

Children Prizewinners’ Concert

Queen’s Hall

Tuesday 16 Oct

Children Prizewinners’ Concert

Queen’s Hall

Wednesday 17 Oct

Literature Awards

The Park Hotel

Gold medal Qualifying

High Kirk

Silver Pendant Final


Queen’s Hall

Drama Finals

Dunoon Grammar School

Traditional Gold Medal Qualifying

High Kirk

Thursday 18 Oct

Highland Dancing

Hunter’s Quay Holiday Village

Gold Medal Finals

Queen’s Hall

Traditional Gold Medal Final

Queen’s Hall

Friday 19 Oct

Lovat & Tullibardine

Queens Hall

Margrat Duncan

St John’s Church

Final concert

Queen’s Hall

Saturday 20 Oct

Mass choir/pipe band parade

Argyll Gardens

* may be subject to change

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Dunoon Ceilidh Dance!

Published: 17 Sep 2012

The Mod 2012 local organising committee are hosting a fund raising ceilidh on Friday 28th September at Strachur with Trail West!


A bus will leave from Dunoon at 8.00pm and return afterwards Ticket and Bus - £10.00, ticket only £7.00.

Further information is available at: www.dunoonmod2012.org

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Gaelic Testing

Published: 10 Sep 2012

Anyone wishing to take a Gaelic test can do so during Mod week in the Queen’s Hall. In order to book an appointment for a test, you must contact An Comunn beforehand: info@ancomunn.co.uk or tel: 01463 709 705.

You can also arrange an appointment during Mod week itself by visiting the Mod information desk in the Queen’s Hall and speaking to An Comunn staff.

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Changes to C175

Published: 04 Sep 2012

The Music Committee have issued changes to the following Mòd 2012 competition pieces.

The changes are explained below and should be adhered to for these pieces. If you have any queries regarding these changes, please don’t hesitate to contact James Graham at james@ancomunn.co.uk or telephone 01463 709 705.

Details on changes to any other competitions can be viewed by clicking here.

C175 - Gheibh sinn ribinnean mora, mora

There should be a repeat mark at the end of the last bar in verse 4.

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Important Competitor Information

Published: 04 Sep 2012

Delayed Competitors

Competitors delayed with regard to their appearance at another venue must inform the Chief Steward or one of his / her staff in order that all information can be relayed to the competition chairperson at the appropriate venue.

Competitor Guidelines

Competitors are not allowed to consult books, manuscripts or copies of music during competitions with the only exception being instrumental competitions.

Adjudication Sheets

Adjudication sheets for competitions will be available for collection in the Queen’s Hall on Saturday 13th October and between Monday 15th and Friday 19th October

Important Note: Competitor’s should allow a minimum of 2 hours after end of competition before collection of Adjudication Sheets.

Mod 2012 Information Desk

Mod 2012 Information Desk will be situated in the Queen’s Hall and will be open on Saturday 13th and between Monday 15th and Friday 19th October.

Mod 2013 Prescribed Pieces

Mod 2013 Music will be on sale at the Mod Information Desk in the Queen’s Hall.

Prize winner’s Concerts

First prizewinners may be required to appear at evening concerts. Those required to appear must report by 19.15 to the organisers. Announcements regarding the Prize winners’ concerts will be made during competition sessions.

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Choir Practice Rooms

Published: 31 Aug 2012

Any choir wishing to book practice rooms in Dunoon please get in touch with Jim Anderson regarding your requirements and preferred times, e-mail: j_anderson@btinternet.com or tel. 07799 658 076.

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Mod 2012 Concert

Published: 31 Aug 2012

A Prizewinners’ concert will take place in the Glen Morag hotel in Dunoon on Thursday 18th October, commencing at 7.30pm.

This concert will feature music from west coast ceilidh band ‘Trail West’ and a range of prizewinners and other artists.

Tickets will be on sale for this event at the Queen’s Hall during Mod week.

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Trophy deadline passed.

Published: 31 Aug 2012

Return of Trophies

The deadline for all Mod trophies to be returned to us has PASSED.

Trophies were to be returned engraved and polished by the 31st of August.

There are several hundred trophies in total which we have to check and record. Therefore if they are returned late, this can create a lot of extra work for staff at a time when the office is already busy!

To avoid disappointment for new prize-winners on the day of competitions, last year’s winning competitors were asked that trophies were returned to us on time. The Rules clearly state that individuals who do not return trophies on time will be fined. If you have not returned your trophy, we will be contacting you soon with information on fines.

If you have any questions about returning the trophies, please call us on 01463 709 705.

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Kenny ‘Nostie’ Macleod Memorial Cup

Published: 30 Aug 2012

Caithness and Sutherland shinty teams are currently preparing to play each other for the first time since the Mod Cup of 2010 when the Caithness side beat their closest neighbours.

The match is being played in memory of local shinty stalwart the Reverend Kenny ‘Nostie’ Macleod of Thurso Free Church who died in April of this year. Kenny played a leading role in the development of shinty in the county. In 2006, assisted by his wife Marianna, he established Thurso Junior Shinty Club to promote the game amongst the youngsters of the area. In 2008 he co-founded Naver Athletic, the first senior shinty team in the far north since the Dounreay team of the 1960s. His greatest success in far north shinty came at the fore-mentioned Mod Cup when he captained the Caithness team to victory at Bignold Park in Wick.

The forthcoming match will take place at Viewfirth Park in Thurso on Saturday 29th September 2012 at 3.00pm. The Caithness side will consist of former players from Thurso Junior Shinty Club. Along with them will be players from an earlier era in Caithness shinty, when PE teacher Rachel Mennie developed the sport in schools across the county during the 1990s.

There will be a family connection too - Kenny’s daughter Isobel and his niece Katie Booth who plays for Aberdour senior shinty team will be joining the ranks of their male counterparts. The pool will be completed by other enthusiasts from around Caithness.

The Sutherland team will consist of past and present players from the two shinty teams in the county - Kinlochbervie Camanachd and Farr High School (Bettyhill).

Entrance at the match is free, but donations will be gratefully received for The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre.

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Gaelic Showcase

Published: 30 Aug 2012

The Showcase at the Royal National Mòd represents an excellent opportunity for all the visitors, competitors and others attending the Mòd to find out more about people involved in providing Gaelic language and Gaelic-related products or services, and to see what is on offer from the local area.

Products exhibited regularly at each National Mòd include books, CD’s, artworks, photography and crafts. Exhibitors who regularly participate at the Royal National Mòd include Comhairle nan Leabhraichean (Gaelic Books Council), MG Alba, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, SNH, Stòrlann, Comunn na Gàidhlig and the Gaelic Arts Agency (Pròiseact nan Ealan).

This year, the Showcase will have pride of place in a marquee outside the Queens Hall, right in the centre of Dunoon - in the heart of the activity during the week. We will have lots happening to entice you in - tastings of local food and drink, music and much much more!

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Inverness 400 Club Results

Published: 03 Aug 2012

Here are the July winners for the Mod 2014 400 Club. 1st - £250 Mrs J.F. Jones, Nairn2nd - £100 Pam Barnett, Inverness3rd - £50 Calum I MacLeod, Callanish, Isle of Lewis

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Clarsach Event @ Dunoon Mod

Published: 20 Jul 2012

A Gaelic Partnership: The Clàrsach at the National Mòd

A special concert will take place during this year’s Royal National Mod, featuring two accomplished Gaelic singers, National Mòd Gold Medallists, Wilma Kennedy and James Graham along with multi-talented harpists Màiri and Calum Macleod.

This concert will celebrate 120 years of unbroken links between the National Mòd and the clàrsach. Old and new songs from the bilingual foursome will chart a fascinating illustrated account of this journey from the first Mòd in 1892 through to today’s links with local and National Mòds.

A previous performance took place during the Edinburgh International Harp Festival in April and the second event will take place on Wednesday 17th October.

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Inverness 400 Club Results

Published: 25 Jun 2012

Here are the numbers and the names of the winners for this month’s 400 Club:

1st (£250) - Jane Riddick, Beauly

2nd (£100) - Mrs M Conner, Scone

3rd (£50) - Mr P.W. Harkness, Inverness

Congratulations!

Mealaibh ur naidheachd!

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Amendment to C174

Published: 29 May 2012

Competition C174 - Fàgail bràigh bhalla

Verse 3 should read: “O bha mi glè òg nuair dh’fhag mi’ n cala…” and NOT “O bha mi glè òg nuair dh’fhag mi Colla…”

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Closing Date for Mod Entries

Published: 24 May 2012

With entries for Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail 2012 coming in thick and fast, Mod organisers An Comunn Gàidhealach are busy preparing for this year’s event, to be held in Dunoon again for the seventh time.

Although many entries have already been received and processed, An Comunn Gàidhealach expect a considerable influx of entries before the closing date of 31st May and are again stressing the importance of (complete) entries being received on time. http://www.acgmod.org/nationalmod/entryform

Janet MacDonald, Royal National Mod Director reiterated this view saying, “It is very important that entries are received in time, accompanied by the correct fees, so that the work of allocating competitors to competitions and competitions to venues can be completed as soon as possible; any delay will result in a corresponding delay in the publication of the Mòd Programme, a major source of annoyance. Please refer to our website for updated information on times and venues for all competitions.”

Although the Mod has been held in Dunoon many times before, it is apparent that the area is looking forward to the event returning.

For any further information regarding Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail or Mòd Dhun Omhain, please visit www.ancomunn.co.uk or www.dunoonmod2012.org

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