With entries for Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail 2011 coming in thick and fast, Mod organisers An Comunn Gàidhealach are busy preparing for this year’s event, to be held in the Western Isles.
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.
Janet MacDonald, Royal National Mod Director reiterated this view saying: “I must remind potential competitors that any late or incomplete entries received after that date will not be accepted. I would also like to remind competitors that all own choice music pieces have to be submitted by June 30th.”
This is the fifth time that the Mod will have been held in the Western Isles, previously taking place in 1979, 1989, 2001 and 2005. It’s clear that the island community are looking forward to hosting it again.
Convener of the Local Organising Committee, Alex MacDonald said: “We wish that the 2011 Mod will be every bit as successful as previous Mods held in the Western Isles. We are hopeful that it will be a fantastic Mod in 2011 and that visitors will enjoy their trip to theWestern Isles. Indeed, there will be a warm highland welcome waiting for all visitors and competitiors.”
Competitions and events will be held throughout the islands at this year’s Mod with the junior and senior piping competitions taking place in Benbecula and the Highland Dancing competitions taking place in Barra.
An Comunn Gàidhealach’s President, John MacLeod stated: “It’s extremely appropriate that the Mod returns to the Western Isles as they are at the very heart of our language and culture. The Gaelic language is still the language of the community in the Islands and there isn’t a better place to showcase Scotland’s main Gaelic festival.”
The Royal National Mod takes place in the Western Isles between 14th and 22nd October 2011.
For any further information regarding Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail or Mòd nan Eilean Siar, please visit www.acgmod.org or www.modnaneileansiar.com