Royal National Mod News

Trophy Returns

Published: 28 Jul 2016

​Please note that the deadline for returning trophies won at Mòd an Òbain 2015 is MONDAY 1 AUGUST 2016. All trophies should be returned polished and engraved to An Comunn Gàidhealach by this date.

Many thanks to all who have returned their trophies so far, engraved and in good condition.

If you have any problems, please phone the Inverness Office on 01463 709 705.


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C42A

Published: 25 Jul 2016

Please be aware that in the Junior Section of the Prescribed Pieces booklet, competition C42 should appear as C42A, this is an admin error. The piece is called ‘A ghaoth’, and is for competitors aged 11-12.

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​Uploading Own Choice Submissions on the Online System

Published: 30 Jun 2016

- All entries must be paid for before you can submit own choice pieces

- When you have paid for the competition, click on the ‘Manage Submissions’ button (on left hand side of screen)

- You will see the competitions which require own choice music

- Click Add and you will be directed to a page which will allow you to search your computer for your files

- Once selected, upload and finalise the files for your entry to be complete.

- The status of these entries will change to ‘submissions require approval’. An Comunn Gàidhealach staff will be checking andapproving entries in the coming months

Please note: own choice submissions for junior storytelling competitions C21, C25, C41, C41A & C89 are not necessary. However, the system will require for you to upload a document for your submission for your entry to be shown as complete. We ask that you please upload a blank document for this submission.

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Royal National Mòd’s closing date draws near for online applicants

Published: 23 Jun 2016

Entries for Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail 2016 are coming in thick and fast, but competitors entering online are reminded that the closing date for entries is 30th June. The 2016 Mòd will be held in the Western Isles, for the sixth time in its history.

Janet MacDonald, Royal National Mòd Director reiterated this view by stating that “We hope that competitors will take full advantage of the extended closing date for competitions and get their entries in to us on time. The new, recently developed online entry system has proved popular and has been used by many competitors already with many more expected before the 30th June deadline. If competitors experience any problems with entering we’d ask them to contact An Comunn Gàidhealach for guidance.”

“The Gold Medal Final will again be broadcast live on BBC Alba and Radio nan Gàidheal on the Wednesday evening of Mòd week, following the success of a similar move for the Seann Nòs Final a few years ago. This change has been very much welcomed by competitors and audiences alike and we’re delighted that a larger audience has the opportunity to watch these competitions now.”

The return of Gaeldom’s premier cultural festival was welcomed by Convener of the Local Organising Committee, Norman MacDonald. “It is highly appropriate that the Mòd should return to the Western Isles as the whole ethos and thrust of the Mòd is to showcase and celebrate our rich language and culture. Gaelic is still the community language of the Islands and Mòd attendees are assured of a genuine Hebridean welcome in the Western Isles this year.”

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are also looking forward to the Mòd returning to the Western Isles, which is always a popular location with Mòd participants and audiences. Policy Officer for Gaelic at the Comhairle, Doileag MacLeod, said, “Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is delighted to support the event this year and we are looking forward to welcoming competitors and visitors to the events. The Comhairle has been, and continues to be, very supportive of the Gaelic language in all of its operations. We have taken the lead on the promotion and use of Gaelic and it is therefore appropriate that the premier Gaelic festival is being held in the Western Isles in October.”

Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail will be held in the Western Isles between 14-22 October 2016. For any further information regarding Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail, please visit www.ancomunn.co.uk or www.modnaneileansiar2016.com

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​Mod Catering

Published: 20 Jun 2016

A catering service will provided at Mòd nan Eilean Siar in the dining hall of the Nicolson Institute, Stornoway, throughout Mòd week. Meals, hot food, snacks, teas/coffees and home baking will be offered on each day of the Mòd from 10am-4pm. Pre-orders for lunches can also be taken from the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar offices.

If your choir wish to pre-book any catering or meals for large groups for specific times during Mod week, you may do this by contacting Louise Laing, e-mail: louise.laing@cne-siar.gov.uk or phone: 01851 822 733.

A menu will be circulated to any interested parties.

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Draft Programme 2016

Published: 20 Jun 2016

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 will be subject to changes).

Draft Mod Program 2016

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Royal National Mòd 2016, Western Isles- Piping Competitions

Published: 10 May 2016

​With preparations for Mòd 2016, Western Isles well underway, An Comunn Gàidhealach would like to remind any potential senior and junior piping competitors that the entry deadline for Mòd 2016 piping competitions is Friday 8th July 2016. Any late or incomplete entries submitted after this date will not be accepted.

This is the sixth time that the Mòd will have been held in the Western Isles and junior and senior piping competitions will take place at Sgoil Lionacleit in Benbecula on Saturday 15th October 2016.


Pauline Craib, secretary for Comunn Phìobaireachd Uibhist agus Bharraigh said, “We very much look forward to hosting the Mòd piping competitions at this year’s National Mòd. Uist has a proud piping history and there is a wealth of talented young pipers throughout the islands, so it is fitting that the Mòd 2016 piping competitions return here.”

Both senior and juniors entries for any piping competitions must be submitted to An Comunn Gàidhealach by Friday 8th July 2016 and entries can be submitted online at: http://www.ancomunn.co.uk/nationalmod/entryform. An entry form can also be downloaded from the website and entered by post. Details about the competitions themselves can be found by downloading the syllabus at: http://www.ancomunn.co.uk/nationalmod/rules.

Junior competitors are also reminded of the open junior Pìobaireachd own choice competition for under-19’s. This is now the fourth year that this competition has been held.

The Royal National Mòd takes place in the Western Isles between 14th and 22nd October 2016.

For any further information, please contact An Comunn Gàidhealach on 01463 709705 or by e-mail: info@ancomunn.co.uk.

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New Mod Entry Deadline

Published: 22 Mar 2016

Please note that we have new deadlines for entry to this year’s Royal National Mod and for Own Choice Submissions.

All those wishing to submit PAPER entries will have to do so by 31 May 2016. Paper entries WILL NOT be accepted after this date.

Similarly, anyone wishing to submit their own choice pieces by POST must do so by 31 May 2016.

A new deadline has been created for those wishing to enter by our online system. All those intending on entering online will have until 30 June 2016 to do so. This deadline also applies for own choice pieces being submitted online.

Entries and own choice submissions via email WILL NOT be accepted under any circumstances.

We would encourage competitors not to leave their entries until the last minute in case of any problems or queries that may arise.

As you will be aware, we have been developing our online system over the last couple of years and we are encouraging all competitors to use this facility as much as possible. By extending the online entry date by a month, we hope this will encourage more competitors to use the system. Should you require any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

DEADLINES

Entry by post – 31 May 2016

Own Choice submissions by post – 31 May 2016

Online Entry – 30 June 2016

Online own choice submissions – 30 June 2016

Please note, as some schools will be closing for their Summer break before the online deadline, please ensure that you provide a contact number where we can reach you out with term time. Failure to do so may affect your entry.

Please pass this important information on to any competitors, Secretaries, Music Instructors who this may concern and who may be dealing with your entries.

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Mòd Roadshows

Published: 02 Feb 2016

With the Royal National Mòd returning to the Western Isles in October this year, February will see An Comunn Gàidhealach hit the road with their Mòd Roadshows visiting schools throughout the Isle of Lewis. A week of Mòd roadshows will take place in schools throughout the Isle of Lewis to raise awareness about the upcoming Royal National Mòd in October 2016. The roadshow team will be led by An Comunn Gàidhealach manager, James Graham, Mòd Administrator Seonag Anderson andinclude local musicians Andy Yearly, Louisa Barron and Stephen Drummond who will entertain the pupils with their lively music. There will be a strong emphasis on story-telling during this year’s Roadshows also with An Comunn Gàidhealach having recently received funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig to promote the traditional art-form.

The Roadshows were launched last year in Oban and Lorn visiting 12 schools in the area. The visits proved extremely successful and helped to reinvigorate interest and boost competitor numbers in the festival among young competitors.

The Mòd returns to the Western Isles for the 6th time in its history this year and organisers at local and national level are attempting to make sure the Western Isles are well represented.

Mòd administrator Seonag Anderson said, “The Mòd Roadshows is an initiative that we hope to run annually throughout different parts of the country in order to promote provincial Mòds as well as the Royal National Mòd in a fun and engaging way. We want children to be aware of how the Mòd can act as a spring board for potential future musical careers and we’re very much looking forward to the visits. It would be really good to have a strong representation from the Western Isles at this year’s event because there is so much talent on the islands.”

An Comunn Gàidhealach also hope to visit the other Western Isles later in the year. Seonag said, “Unfortunately, we won’t manage to get round every school in the Western Isles in one week in February, however, we do hope to visit schools in Harris, Uist and Barra in the coming months.”

Upward of 10,000 people attended last year’s Royal National Mòd, which saw competitors from across Scotland, Gaelic choirs from Germany and Canada and Australia take part. The Mòd fringe festival will see concerts, story-telling sessions and talks in various venues throughout the nine-day festival.

The Royal National Mòd 2016 will be held in the Western Isles from 14-22 October. For any further information please visit www.ancomunn.co.uk.

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Mod nan Eilean Siar 400 Club Draw

Published: 29 Jan 2016

Congratulations to John Y Murray, of Lochgilphead on winning the £250 prize in the January draw. The second prize of £100 was won by Joan Bower, of Dundee and the third prize of £50 was won by Elizabeth Maclean, of Stornoway.

The next (February 2016) 400 Club draw should take place on 26 February 2016.

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Mod nan Eilean Siar 400 Club Draw

Published: 15 Dec 2015

Congratulations to John Y Murray, of Lochgilphead on winning the £250 prize in the November draw. The second prize of £100 was won by Elizabeth Maclean, of Stornoway and the third prize of £50 was won by Donald Macleod of Stornoway.

The next (December) 400 Club draw should take place on 18 December 2015, in good time for Christmas.

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Mòd 2015 Book Awards

Published: 02 Dec 2015



A large number of books were submitted for this year’s Mod
competitions.

Below is a list of the prize-winners. Congratulations to you all!

Best Book for Children

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‘Cairistìona Camaillean’

Author: Catriona Black

Publisher: Acair

About the book:

Cairistiona is shy. When the wind blows her to a little island in the Highlands, she has to figure out a way to get back to the desert. Will she go into hiding, or will she have the courage to ask for help?

Best Book for Teenagers

‘Saighdearan nan Sràidean’

Author: Fiona Nic an Aba

Publisher: Acair

About the book: When Caitlin MacRae was excited about her impending holiday to Glasgow, she never thought she would be desperate to get home. However, what happened in Glasgow troubled Caitlin greatly.


Best Book for Adults

‘Dol Fodha na Grèine / The Going Down of the Sun’

Author: Comunn Eachdraidh Nis

Publisher: Acair


Dol Fodha na Grèine / The Going Down of the Sun was shortlisted for a Saltire Literary Award 2015 in the History Book of the Year category - many congratulations on this achievement.

About the book:

This book is a collection of photographs and pieces of writing from the Ness to Ballantraushal area on the Isle of Lewis, published by Acair in conjunction with Comunn Eachdraidh Nis to mark one hundred years since the beginning of the First World War.

This is a bilingual book.

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Soup and Pudding

Published: 16 Nov 2015

​Join us for some yummy soup and pudding on Friday 20th November. All proceeds go to Mod nan Eilean Siar 2016

Hope to see you there!

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Adjudication Sheets

Published: 16 Nov 2015

We are hoping to have all remaining adjudication sheets from the Royal National Mod in Oban sent out by the end of this week. If you have not received your sheet(s) by Friday, please contact our Inverness office.

01463 709 705

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Prescribed Pieces 2016

Published: 13 Nov 2015

Prescribed Pieces for Western Isles Mod 2016 can now be purchased!

You can download and purchase copies from our website here.

Alternatively, you can pop into one of our offices:

An Comunn Gaidhealach
Balnain House,
40 Huntly Street
Inverness.
IV3 5HR

Tel: 01463 709705

Email: info@ancomunn.co.uk



Clarsach Competitions

For further information please contact:

Michelle Kelly,
Administrator Comunn na Clarsaich Studio G43,
Out of the Blue Drill Hall,
36 Dalmeny Street,
Edinburgh.
EH6 8RG

Tel: 0131 554 0212

Email: office@clarsachsociety.co.uk

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Future Royal National Mod Dates

Published: 16 Oct 2015

Mòd nan Eilean Siar - 14-22 Dàmhair 2016

Mòd Loch Abar - 13-21 Dàmhair 2017

Mòd Dhùn Omhain - 12-20 Dàmhair 2018

Mòd Ghlaschu - 11-19 Dàmhair 2019

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Children’s Ceilidh

Published: 10 Oct 2015

A fun night for children and their families. Time to let off steam after competitions on Monday and Tuesday!

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Pub Music Circuit

Published: 10 Oct 2015

​There’s lots going on in Oban this week! Come along to the pubs for good music and plenty craic.

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Fighe

Published: 10 Oct 2015

​A new work from award winning Rachel Walker, based on the songs and rhythms of the Scottish textile industry. Arthur Cormack and Fiona Hunter also perform in a top-class show. In association with Dunollie Organisation.

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Old Oban

Published: 10 Oct 2015

​Marvel at the characters and the scenes that have shaped Oban over the years with Bob MacCulloch and original music from Erik Spence and Dave Mason.

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In Praise of Ben Dorian

Published: 10 Oct 2015

​Donnchadh Bàn’s Boys led by Iain MacFarlane ready to provide a night of superb entertainment featuring the work of Argyll bard Donnchadh Bàn MacIntyre. The event is sponsored by Scottish Natural Heritage.

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Mod App 2015

Published: 09 Oct 2015

​Make sure and download the Mòd App straight away to find out more about Mòd 2015

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Mòd Recording sessions, BBC Studio

Published: 07 Oct 2015

​Mòd Recording sessions, BBC Studio, St. Columba Church Hall, Corran Brae, Oban

Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th October. Doors open between 6pm and 6.20pm.
Friday 16th October. Doors open between 8.45pm and 9.15pm.

For tickets please phone 07624 910 525

More info

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Mod 2015 Ticket Order Form

Published: 10 Sep 2015

Please click on the following link to download a ticket order form for this year’s Royal National Mod.

Mòd 2015 Ticket Order Form (English)

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Choir Practice Space

Published: 09 Sep 2015

The Rockfield Centre would like to invite choirs, singers and other musicians to use our huts for practising during Mòd week. If you are interested in using the practice space, please book your space as soon as possible.

Email info@obancommunitiestrust.org.uk

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Mod 2015 Programme

Published: 08 Jun 2015

The estimated delivery date for this year’s Royal National Mod official programme is Friday 2nd October 2015.

Order forms will be made available nearer the time.

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Mod Piping Competitions

Published: 08 Jun 2015

The Royal National Mòd will take place in Oban this year with the piping competitions taking place on Saturday 10th October 2015.

Both senior and juniors entries for any piping competitions must be submitted to An Comunn Gàidhealach by Friday 10th July 2015. Please find attached an entry form; entries can also be made online at: http://www.ancomunn.co.uk/nationalmod/entryform. Details about the competitions themselves can be found by downloading the syllabus at: http://www.ancomunn.co.uk/nationalmod/rules

Junior competitors are also reminded of the open junior Pìobaireachd competition for under-19 years of age. It is now in its third year and the competition 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.ancomunn.co.uk and our Facebook page.

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Change in Scheduling for Mod 2015

Published: 20 May 2015

With entries for Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail 2015 coming in thick and fast, Mod organisers An Comunn Gàidhealach are busy preparing for this year’s event, to be held in Oban for the sixteenth time in its history. Although many entries have already been received and
processed, An Comunn Gàidhealach expects a considerable influx before the closing date of 1st June 2015 and it is stressing the importance of complete entries being received on time.

Janet MacDonald, Royal National Mod Director reiterated this view as well by announcing a change to the scheduling of the prestigious Gold Medal Final competition. “This Gold Medal Final will now be broadcast live on BBC Alba and Radio nan Gàidheal on the Wednesday evening of Mòd week, following the success of a similar move for the Seann Nòs Final a few years ago. Qualifiers for the Gold Medal will be held, as usual, during Wednesday, while the Seann Nòs Qualifiers will now take place during the day on
Thursday. Silver Pendant qualifying competitions will be on Wednesday morning, with the Final taking place in the afternoon. An Comunn Gàidhealach hopes these moves will be welcomed by competitors and audiences alike.

We would welcome entries being submitted on time and it is important that you check the website and syllabuses for confirmation of any changes that have been introduced this year. Competitors are reminded that entries can be submitted online.”

The return of Gaeldom’s premier cultural festival was welcomed by Convener of the Local Organising Committee, Duncan MacDonald. “The Local Organising Committee are seeing the efforts of the last two years coming to fruition and, as does all of Oban, look forward to welcoming young and old to a key event in the cultural calendar of Scotland. Being the “birth place” of the Mod an Oban Mod is always special .With excellent facilities for the competitive and social sides of
the occasion the town knows what a Mòd is about and you will sense this when you arrive. We will endeavour to do all that we can to make this a truly memorable experience for you.”

Argyll & Bute Council are also looking forward to the Mòd returning to Oban, which is always a popular location with Mòd participants and audiences. Policy Lead for Strategic Housing, Gaelic, Community and Culture at Argyll & Bute, Robin
Currie, said, “Argyll & Bute Council are delighted to support the event this year and are looking forward to welcoming the influx of competitors and visitors to the event.”

Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail will be held in Oban between 9-17 October 2015. For any further information regarding Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail or Mòd an Òbain, please visit www.ancomunn.co.uk or www.modanobain2015.com.

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Mod Roadshows

Published: 08 Apr 2015

Roadshow to drive pupil numbers

As the Royal National Mòd returns to its home of Oban thisyear,
efforts are being made to reinvigorate interest in the festival
amongyoung competitors.

Although the Gaelic festival boosted record numbers of competitors
last year in Inverness, just three youngsters from the Oban area made
the journey to the Highland capital to compete.

Now, as the Mòd comes to Oban for the 16th time-the town
hosted the inaugural event in 1892-organisers at local and national
level are attempting to make sure the Lorn area is well represented on
home turf.

Mòd manager James Graham is fronting a Mòd Roadshow, which has
toured 12 schools across Oban and Lorn to encourage participation in the
Royal National Mòd from October 9-17.

James brought some of the West Highlands’ most talented musicians
to schools in Taynuilt, Appin, Connel, Barcaldine, Ardfern, Kilninver,
Dunbeg, Easdale, and Oban’s Rockfied, St Columba and Park schools, as
well as Oban high school.

During the visit to St Columba’s primary last Friday, James said:
“There’s been an amazing response from the pupils and teachers at every
school. The roadshow is something we had planned to use to drum up
support in other parts of the country but Oban is the ideal place to
start because of the recent drop in the number of junior competitors.
The teachers we speak to are aware of the Mòd but they are not all aware
of the support we can offer schools. We want to have really good
representation from the Oban area at this

year’s event because it has great talent and great music teachers.”

Among the musicians on the Mòd Roadshow were Sileas Sinclair
(Connel), Murray Willis (Lismore) and Finlay Wells (Oban) who
entertained the pupils with their lively music.

Argyll Gaelic development officer Duncan MacNeil and Fèisean nan
Gàidheal drama development officer Dougie Beck coached and performed
drama skills with the pupils and 2014 Gaelic ambassador and broadcaster
Kirsteen MacDonald shared her Mòd experiences with the pupils.

Locally, the organising committee behind this year’s national Mòd
in Oban has agreed to establish a Mòd Academy, which will put tutors
into schools in an effort to increase participation. The project will be
similar to the well-established Mull Mòd Club, which is responsible for
a strong showing of competitors from the island at recent Mòds.

Duncan MacDonald, Royal National Mòd 2015 local organising
committee chairman, said: “The Mòd Academy is a pilot project that we
would hope to continue after the Royal National Mòd this year; we want
schoolchildren from Oban and Lorn competing at the Mòd. The numbers have
been falling but teachers are very busy and many parents want to take
their children on holiday during the October break, when the Mòd is
held.”

Upward of 10,000 people are expected to attend this year’s Royal
National Mòd, which will welcome competitors from across Scotland,
Gaelic choirs from Germany and Canada and adult competitors from
Australia.

The Mòd fringe festival will see concerts, sessions, talks and
street theatre in various venues throughout the nine-day festival.

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Stovies, Ceilidh & Dance in Oban

Published: 24 Mar 2015

​Stovies, ceilidh and dance to raise funds for the Royal National Mod 2015 in Oban.

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Oban Provincial Mod Deadline

Published: 24 Mar 2015

CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES FOR THIS YEAR’S OBAN AND DISTRICT PROVINCIAL MOD 2015 - SATURDAY 4TH APRIL

Just a reminder that entries for this year’s Oban Provincial Mod should be with us by Saturday 4th April, along with own choice music and entry fees.
Entries should be sent to: Furan Gaelic Centre, Corran Halls, Oban, PA34 4AB

You can get further information from Moira Dunlop at moiradunlop@btinternet.com

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Mod 2014 Fringe on Youtube

Published: 19 Feb 2015

Just a taste of some of the best bits of the Inverness Mòd Fringe, 2014. One of the biggest and most diverse Mòd Fringes ever witnessed with fine hospitality, Gaelic music and song…a great time had by all!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3Wsx8H43_E

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Mod 2014 Generates £3.5 Million

Published: 02 Feb 2015

A study has shown that the 2014 Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd) generated £3,547,661 to the business community in Inverness – over a £1million more than the event target.

The report, delivered by ‘The Market Specialists’ shows the nine day festival, which took place from 10-18 October2014 in Inverness, entertained over 9000 unique visitors, 78% of which came from outside the host city. 67% were in Inverness with the sole purpose of attending The Mòd, while 25% lived in the Highland Capital.

Organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach, the event is the most significant of the Gaelic language in Scotland. The figures are testament to The Mòd’s importance, not only to Scotland’s cultural calendar but to its economy too, as 74% of attendees revealed they would not have taken a trip during that week, had it not been for the festival.

The Mòd is hosted in a different town or city every year and this is to not only engage more people in Gaelic culture, but also to boost the local economy. Findings from the 2014 festival show there was huge return on Highland Council’s investment in the event, with £19 spent for every £1 invested in their governing area and this rose to £25 for every £1 invested at a local level.

The 2014 festivities were a signature event of the Highland Homecoming celebrations and saw the return of Inverness as a host area after 17 years; and its impact was unprecedented. The city’s hotels, restaurants and shops benefited with 60% of attendees staying in a hotel, guest house, rented accommodation or hostel with the average length of stay for overnight guests being 4.2 days. 62% of festival goers reported going shopping at least once (25% on “most days”) while 59% visited pubs at least once (24% “most days”) and 86% ate out at least once (55% on “most days”).

200 competitions took place during The Mòd, whilst almost 100 Fringe events added to the electric atmosphere in Inverness. Workshops, book readings, come and try sessions, concerts and gigs took place morning, noon and night across the Highland Capital. Visitors came from across Scotland, the UK, Canada and even the United Arab Emirates

The atmosphere saw 61% say the “buzz” of the festival was “well above” or “above” expectations and 59% said Inverness as a host city was also as impressive, with the same percentage indicating that they would definitely come to the city for a future holiday/short break, another 16% said they would possibly do so.

Says John Morrison, chief executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach: We are absolutely delighted with this report, especially as it unveiled 37% of attendees are learning or want to learn Gaelic and we want to see that figure grow.

“It confirms the value of the event and the return it can have for host cities, other funders and commercial sponsors - their support is hugely valued and we need it to continue. This return may have been even greater had we received additional funding and we look forward to over-coming the obstacles that make it difficult for, in particular, Creative Scotland to financially back The Mòd, as we have never managed to secure their support.

“I must take this opportunity to thank Highland Council, together with our loyal sponsors, our local organising committee in Inverness and all our volunteers who worked so hard to make 2014 so special, but thanks especially to everyone that came to compete and attend our events - here’s to Oban in 2015, I look forward to seeing you all there”.

Martin Dorchester, Managing Director of CalMac, the Mod’s principal commercial supporter, said: “We have always recognised that the Mod has a significant economic impact on the areas in which it is held as well as providing a valuable showcase for Gaelic language and culture. Everyone involved in the Inverness Mod is to be congratulated for their efforts and will be, I am sure, delighted to know that their hard work has contributed so much to the local economy.”

The Mòd 2015 will take place from 9th – 17th October in Oban and is now in its 123rd year.

The Provost of Inverness, Councillor Alex Graham said: “We were delighted to host the 2014 Royal National Mod in Inverness. The outstanding success of this world class event clearly demonstrates the economic benefits of Gaelic as well as highlighting the hugely important cultural and heritage impact for the Highlands. Inverness is an ideal location for national events and festivals due to its welcoming nature, its connectivity, its excellent accommodation and hospitality and the flexible range of venues we can offer. This report reinforces the Highland Capital’s capacity to host national and international events and we will work to attract many more to the Highlands.

“We are very pleased that the public and the Council’s support generated significant income for the City. This has benefitted accommodation providers, restaurants and shops and also increased the footfall in various venues during what is traditionally an off-peak time in the season. It is also important to highlight that the Mod generated extensive and positive national media coverage for the City and surrounding area.

He added “Having hosted the Mod in October and the Scottish Trad Awards in December, we now looking forward to hosting the Celtic Media Festival in April!”

Bòrd na Gàidhlig Ceannard (CEO), John Angus MacKay added: “We are pleased that our investment in An Comunn Gàidhealach not only benefits the Gaelic Language, but also creates major economic benefits wherever the Mòd goes. This further highlights the proven social and economic benefits of Gaelic as illustrated by research which we jointly funded with HIE, demonstrating that the language has a calculated potential value
of between £81.6m to £148.5m a year to the Scottish economy.”

Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, contributes: “The Royal National Mòd is one of the highlights of our annual portfolio of cultural events, and this study underlines its importance to the visitor economy. The event attracts huge numbers of visitors every year, which injects money into local businesses and communities across the country. We have a longstanding relationship with the Mòd through our events directorate EventScotland, and in 2014 the event was also part of the spectacular Highland Homecoming programme, with a high percentage of visitors from outwith the city and a subsequent increased interest in learning Gaelic particularly encouraging.”

In 2014 The Royal National Mòd was supported by Highland Council, HIE, Caledonian MacBrayne, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, EventScotland, the Royal Bank of Scotland, SQA, BBC ALBA, the Scottish Government and Royal Mail.

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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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