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RULE CHANGES 2010 - PRESS RELEASE

Published: 09 Apr 2010

Rule changes for Mòd 2010

Preparations for Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail 2010 are now well under way as Caithness gets set to host the annual event for the very first time in its history. It is anticipated that Scotland’s premier Gaelic festival will attract up to 8,000 people to the area during the nine day event in October, providing a welcome boost to the region, economically and culturally.

National organisers An Comunn Gàidhealach have announced a number of new changes to the Mòd rules which are now effective for the 2010 event. These include the submission of all own choice music pieces by 30th June. Failure to do so will result in the Mòd office deducting 3 marks from the competitor’s total mark in each relevant competition. This year also sees a proportionate increase in the number of fluency card holders required for certain choral competitions in line with the long-term aim of improving the fluency levels of choir members. For full detailed information of these changes, please visit www.acgmod.org

Mòd Administrator, Rena MacAskill said, “It’s important that all competitors are fully aware of the rule changes before entering competitions. A full list of the updated rules is available from An Comunn Gàidhealach’s website or further information can be obtained by contacting the Mòd office on 01463 709705.”

Mòd 2010 in Caithness will also see An Comunn Gàidhealach make a concerted effort to recruit as many adjudicators as possible who have skills in both Gaelic and music. An Comunn Gàidhealach President, John Macleod said, “In keeping with our aims to encourage the use of Gaelic and boost its value in modern times, we want to reach a stage where, in relevant competitions, we have a combination of Gaelic adjudicators who have recognised musical knowledge, and music adjudicators with a knowledge and understanding of Gaelic. We have identified a number of individuals who we feel would be suitable for this role and who would, undoubtedly, enhance the judging process, have the ability to deliver adjudications in Gaelic as appropriate, and enhance the credibility of the event. This process may take some time to fully implement, but it will begin this year with some Provincial Mòds and later at the Royal National Mòd.” For any further information regarding Mòd 2010 in Caithness, please visit www.acgmod.org or www.caithnessmod2010.co.uk

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NEW COMPETITION FOR MOD 2010

Published: 06 Apr 2010

Lochaber Area Committee Quaich

Mod 2010 sees the addition of a new competition to the Literary syllabus, which is open to all secondary school pupils in the local area. The lucky young winner will be presented with the Lochaber Area Committee Quaich, which was presented to An Comunn Gaidhealach to encourage creative writing by young people.

The Quaich will be awarded to the most promising young creative writer from the area in which the National Mod is based each year. The competition is open to all Secondary school pupils in the Caithness and Sutherland area. Entrants will be required to create a piece of writing (minimum 200 words) discussing the history of the Mod host area.

Any schools or individuals wishing to submit entries for this new competition should complete a Mod Entry Form and submit online or by post to An Comunn Gàidhealach, 109 Church Street, Inerness, IV1 1EY by 31st May 2010.

Further information is available from Marina Macleod at marina@ancomunn.co.uk or telephone 01851 703 487.

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MOD ENTRY FORMS NOW AVAILABLE

Published: 05 Apr 2010

Entry forms for this year’s Mod are now available for submission online. Alternatively Competitors can download a form and post it to: Rena Macaskill, Mod Administrator, An Comunn Gàidhealach, 109 Church Street, Inverness, IV1 1EY. Please contact Rena on 01463 231 226 with any queries. All competition entries must be on the correct official entry forms and must be accompanied by the correct fee. All entries must be received by 31st May 2010. NEW DEADLINE

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IMPORTANT AMENDMENTS TO RULES

Published: 05 Apr 2010

The official rules for the Royal National Mod have been updated, all competitors should read through them carefully and note any relevant changes which may affect their competitions. It is imperative that all competitors adhere to these rules.

Rules of An Comunn Gaidhealach (amended Mar 2010).doc

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