As the final day of competition at this year’s Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd) proved a great day for all, it was revealed that Glasgow will host The Mòd in 2019 – 29 years since the festival was last held in the city.
The news comes as this year’s Gold Medal winners Catriona NicNèill and Dòmhnall Iain MacIlleDhuinn both hail from Glasgow.
Along with this exciting announcement, Friday saw the best Gaelic choirs compete to win the coveted Lovat & Tullibardine and Margrat Duncan trophies as this year’s Mòd competitions came to a close.
Preparations are already underway for 2016’s Royal National Mòd, which will take place in the Western Isles.
John Morrison, Chief Executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach said: “We’re thrilled to announce that Glasgow will host The Royal National Mòd in 2019 and look forward to bringing our celebrations to Scotland’s biggest city. Oban has been an incredibly welcoming town and the calibre of talent competing this year has been incredible. We are excited to start our planning for The Mòd Western Isles 2016 and look forward to seeing many familiar faces there next year.”
Although competitions at The Mod have now wound down, the Mod “Final Fling” closed the evening with spectacular performances by Skipinnish, Trail West and Heron Valley continuing into the wee hours.
The culmination of the Mòd will take place today (Saturday 17th October) with a procession of massed choirs making their way through Oban.
DI Brown, Chair of the Glasgow 2019 Local Organising Committee, said: “The Local Organising Committee (LOC) are delighted that An Comunn thought our bid was strong enough to secure the Mod in Glasgow”, said D-I Brown, chair of the LOC. He went on to say that “the LOC believe Glasgow is an excellent location to host the Mod and are sure they will deliver an excellent Mod for both Mod-goes and Glaswegians alike in 2019.”
Councillor Archie Graham, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life said: “The links between Glasgow and the Gaelic language stretch back to the first settlements of people from the Highlands and Islands on the banks of the River Clyde. The city’s commitment to developing Gaelic culture remains as strong as ever. We look forward to welcoming the Royal National Mod back to Glasgow in 2019 where everyone who comes along to compete, to volunteer or to simply enjoy this most Scottish of occasions will receive the warmest of welcomes. Glasgow’s international reputation as a welcoming host city continues to grow following the best ever Commonwealth Games, held in the City last year. The return of the Mod in 2019 will add still further to that global recognition.”
All results can be found in real time from The Mòd app available on iOS and android or from the website http://www.ancomunn.co.uk/nationalmod/results-2015