VIDEO: Barra Mod 2013

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The third annual Barra Mod swung into Castlebay this weekend and left the island swaying and tapping to the sounds of traditional music.

Over two days, packed with brilliant performances in Gaelic culture from young and old, the Barra Mod was another huge success.

Finlay MacVicar from North Uist won the beginners bagpipes competition. SGD25865.

Finlay MacVicar from North Uist won the beginners bagpipes competition. SGD25865.

MSP for the Western Isles, Dr Alasdair Allan, was on hand throughout in his dual role of Fear an Tigh at both the evening Mod Ceilidhs and as Chair of a range of competition.

Speaking after the Mod Dr Allan said: “This was the third local Mod to be held on Barra and it was a real pleasure to be involved in it,

“The event now attracts singers and musicians from all over the place, including Lochaline, Mull, Cumbernauld and Uist, as well as more locally from Barra itself, and I have no doubt it will continue to grow in the future.”

He added: “I’d like to congratulate everyone who was involved in making this year’s event such a success, both for the Barra community and for the Gaelic language more widely.”

Barra Mod Prizes were presented by Father Ross Crichton. And here are the results:

Junior Competitions

Specsavers Highlands and Islands - Marsaili Nic Nill

Barra and Vatersay Island Produce Show - Claire Frances Nic Nill

Marine Harvest (Scotland Ltd)

COTHROM Cuach Luchd - Ionnsachaidh - Laura MacInnes

MacInnes Bros Ltd - Maggie MacDonald

The Thrift Shop - Rebecca Woolcock

Feis Bharraigh - Claire Frances Nic Nill

Anne and Len McGuire Trophy - Coisir Sgoil an Iochdair

Northbay House - Comunn Gaidhealach Mhuile

Cuach Bhòrd na Gàidhlig

John MacLennan Contractors - Clann a’ Chaisteil

Sarah’s Office - Katie Morag MacDonald

Castlebay Community Council - Claire Frances Nic Nill

Craigard Hotel Round Table Trophy - Sarah Anne MacMillan and Niall Walker

Iain Beag MacNeil Quaich - Katie Morag MacDonald

Murchadh Beag MacNeill Memorial Trophy - Mairi MacInnes

Teresa Jenkins, Guy Adams and Family Isle of Barra Hotel - Finlay,

Fergus MacVicar and Mairi MacInnes

Duais Ùr-sgrìobhadh Am Pàipear - Claire Frances Nic Nill

Heathbank Hotel - Claire Frances Nic Nill

Senior Competitions

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig - Margaret Mary Campbell

Flora MacNeil - Karen Elder

MacNeil Coaches - Donna Dugdale

Camuskellaig - Karen Elder

MacInnes Bros - Burach

Boy Darren Trophy

Colaisde a’ Chaisteil / Lews Castle College - Karen Elder