Royal National Mòd Dazzles in Silver and Gold
Written by Fiona Garnham on 31/10/2018
Yesterday (Wednesday evening) saw two of the most hotly anticipated competitions at the Royal National Mòd take place, with the coveted Gold Medal and Silver Pendant awards being handed out.
The Silver Pendant Final was won by Eileen Duncan of Tongue in Sutherland, whilst Mikie MacEanrig from Keiss, Caithness waked away with the men’s Silver Pendant. On Wednesday evening, Ruairidh Cormack of Portree won the men’s Gold Medal and Ceitidh Campbell of Inverness won the ladies medal.
Thursday sees the Rural Choirs take to the stage in a bid to take home the Lorn Shield and the Sheriff MacMaster Campbell Memorial Quaich. The competitions will be broadcast live again on BBC Alba this year, after the cameras captured the performances for the first time in Lochaber 2017. Traditional Gold Medal solo competitions will also run today, with the qualifiers in the morning and the winner being awarded in the evening.
Elsewhere, in the Fringe, young Gaels from primary three to primary seven can join in with games, crafts and drama at Sradagan aig a’ Mhòd, in association with Comunn na Gàidhlig. Trad band Beinn Lee will round off the day’s competitions with a performance at a Ceilidh in Dunoon’s Burgh Hall, open to all.
John Morrison, Chief Executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach, said:
“We’ve had a great week so far in Dunoon, and last night’s competitions highlighted why we continue to celebrate each and every year. We can’t believe this year’s Mòd is already nearing the end, and its success is testament to the hard work of the local committee and dedication of our Gaelic competitors from all over – we very much look forward to the events of the final few days.”