MSP to open first Barra Mod

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WESTERN Isles MSP Alasdair Allan, will tonight (Friday) officially open the first Mod Ionadail Bharraigh is Bhatarsaigh in Castlebay.

Dr Allan will also be chairing a number of competitions at the Mod tomorrow.

Alasdair Allan commented: “It’s great to see the community in Barra and Vatersay making such a commitment to the Gaelic language and culture. I am delighted to officially open the local Mod in Barra, which I hope will be the first of many.

“As Minister with responsibility for Gaelic I am really encouraged to see a community taking the initiative to provide a forum in which Gaelic can be used and celebrated, building on the strong Gaelic heritage of the islands.

“I am also looking forward to spending Saturday chairing a number of competitions for children and adults, including both choirs and solo competitions.

“All of this bodes extremely well for the future of Gaelic in Barra and Vatersay. Tha mi’n dòchas gun thèid e gu math airson a h-uile duine a tha a’ gabhail pàirt anns a’ Mhod ionadail.”