September Newsletter

Published: 29 Sep 2017

​Please click on the following link to view the latest issue of the An Comunn Gaidhealach newsletter:

Cuairt-litir ACG September 2017

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Saltire Ceremony at Balnain House

Published: 14 Sep 2017

​Today, a Saltire Ceremony took place at our Inverness office, Balnain House, to celebrate the historical & heritage links between An Comunn Gàidhealach and The National Trust for Scotland.

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Norman Maclean

Published: 01 Sep 2017

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Norman Maclean on the 31st of August at the age of 80 years.

Norman was a hugely talented man and was famous across the Gaelic community and beyond, as a brilliant comedian, actor, singer, teacher, poet, author and piper. Tormod was renowned for his exceptional knowledge of Gaelic language and culture and for inspiring so many youngsters and musicians to continue the Gaelic tradition.

Tormod was a Mòd Gold Medallist, winning the coveted award in 1967. In the same year, he was also crowned as the An Comunn Bàrd- the only person ever to receive both awards in the same year.

Our thoughts and sympathies go out to his family and friends at this sad time.

Norman Maclean
Norman Maclean

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Còisir Gàidhlig an Iar Thuath Looking for New Members

Published: 01 Aug 2017

​Còisir Gàidhlig an Iar Thuath are desperately short of sopranos and men for the forthcoming Mòd and are appealing for any budding choristers to join them.

“The competitions we sing in will be held in Fort William on 18th October. Help with words/music will be readily available - proficiency in Gaelic is not essential but a love of singing is!

“Practices are currently held on Thursday evenings - either in Ullapool or Inchnadamph.

“Please contact the choir if you would like to find out more.”


https://www.facebook.com/coisirghaidgliganiarthuath/

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Choir Conducting Workshops

Published: 24 May 2017

​The Association of Gaelic Choirs are pleased to announce the launch of two choir conducting workshops aimed at developing the skills of aspiring conductors of Gaelic choirs. The workshops have received funding support from Creative Scotland’s ‘Tasgadh’ Fund and follow on from two similar workshops that were held by An Comunn Gàidhealach in 2014.

Donald MacLeod, a member of the Association of Gaelic Choirs said, “Following research carried out into what support Junior Gaelic choirs would most welcome, it was apparent that the provision of training from more experienced conductors was of most value.

We know that not all schools and areas have the skills, time and resources to be able to keep their choirs going or start up new ones. However, through these workshops we hope to be able to support any school or community choir that wish to do so.”

The workshops are open and aimed at Gaelic choirs in general but with an emphasis on current or any new, prospective conductors of Junior Gaelic choirs. The first workshop will be held in the Spectrum Centre in Inverness on 24th June from 0930-1530 and will be delivered by well-known musician and accomplished conductor of Oban Gaelic Choir, Sileas Sinclair. A second workshop will be held later in the year and led by the highly experienced and respected conductor of Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association, Kenneth Thomson, details of this will be distributed soon. Each workshop will cost just £25.

Experienced conductor, Kenneth Thomson, who will lead the Glasgow workshop, is looking forward to the prospect of working with his conductors. Kenneth said, “I have been involved in Gaelic choral singing for a very long time now and I am thrilled to be able to get the chance to pass on some of my experience to other conductors. We, effectively, want to support Gaelic choral singing and it would be great to see another few Junior Gaelic choirs forming around the country.”

If you are interested in attending either workshop, please contact Donald MacLeod: donniemaroot@hotmail.co.uk, tel. 07900 512 614.

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Mòd Academy is on the Road

Published: 17 May 2017

An Comunn Gàidhealach, ​The Highland Council and the Lochaber Royal National Mòd Local Organising Committee (LOC) are working in partnership with Fèisean nan Gàidheal to deliver the Mòd Academy Project in the lead up to the Royal National Mòd taking place in Lochaber during mid-October.

Schools in the Lochaber area are currently being offered the opportunity to participate in the Mòd Academy Project where experienced Gaelic tutors and tutors of traditional music will visit schools in the area to give language and musical tuition to pupils.

The Mòd Academy will ensure that appropriate recognition is given to Gaelic, Gaelic songs, bàrdachd and traditional music in schools, and that pupils will have the opportunity to receive tuition in these areas. This will support and prepare the young people to participate in the Mòd.

Currently 14 schools in the area have accepted the opportunity to participate in the Mòd Academy Project.

The Project also includes a series of Mòd Road Shows, which involves An Comunn Officers visiting schools to raise awareness about the Mòd and how the pupils can take part and participate in the competitions and events. It is hoped that this will lead to more young people participating in the Mòd.

Mr Ronald Cameron, Chairperson of the LOC said, “In the last few years Meur Lochabar, the local branch of An Comunn, did arrange for a tutor to prepare pupils in 3 local primary schools for the Lochabar Provincial Mòd.

We are delighted that The Highland Council, in partnership with An Comunn Gàidhealach and have engaged Fèisean nan Gàidheal to deliver the Mòd Academy Project which is extending tuition to 14 schools across the greater district and prepare pupils for both Local Mòds and the Royal National Mod. This is very exciting and will create a momentum for cultural and linguistic enrichment that will continue for years to come. This also provides early evidence of both the cultural and economic benefits that the Royal National Mod offers the area.”

He continued, “The Mòd Academy Project includes highly experienced and well renowned singers and tradition bearers from the surrounding area, including Joy Dunlop, Mary Ann Kennedy, Janet Campbell and Sìleas Sinclair. We would like to take the opportunity to thank the organisers, the tutors and all the Head Teachers who are involved with the project.”

Mrs Eilidh Mackenzie, Fèisgoil Manager, Fèisean nan Gàidheal said,

“Participation in Gaelic music making, especially in a group setting, is a good example of the Curriculum for Excellence at its best. By working in partnership with The Highland Council and An Comunn Gaidhealach, it has enabled us to engage with a fantastic tutor team, and the programme that we have pulled together, is able to support staff and encourage children, at the same time showing them that learning Gaelic songs is entirely achievable whatever your previous knowledge of the culture, not to mention lots of fun!”

Mr John Morrison, Chief Executive of An Comunn said,

“The Mòd Academy is an excellent example of the Highland Council Gaelic Team, An Comunn Gàidhealach, the Mòd 2017 Local Organising Committee and Fèisean nan Gàidheal working in partnership to deliver an innovative project which will benefit all those participating. We are grateful for the funding support from Bòrd na Gàidhlig, The Highland Council, the Patrons Fund and the contributions from the families of the late Charlie MacColl and the late George Smith.”

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AGM of Comunn Gàidhealach an Òbain

Published: 11 May 2017

The AGM of Comunn Gàidhealach an Òbain will take place on Tuesday 23rd May at 7.30pm in Furan Gaelic Centre, Corran Halls, Oban.

All current and new members are welcome to attend.

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An Comunn Gàidhealach welcomes new President

Published: 27 Mar 2017

After 10 years as President of An Comunn Gàidhealach Mr John Macleod has stepped aside from the role and welcomed Mr Allan Campbell as the new President. Allan, who is originally from the Isle of Skye and now lives in Inverness, has been involved with An Comunn Gàidhealach and the Royal National Mòd for many years and has served as a Director of the organisation for the last eight years.

John Macleod welcomed the appointment saying “Allan is a well-known and greatly respected member of the Gaelic community. He will bring his vast experience as a broadcaster, and as a Gaelic language campaigner, to the role. Indeed, to many Gaelic speaking households, Allan is already the face of the Mòd through his active role as the presenter of many of the Royal National Mòds biggest events. From a personal point of view, it has been an absolute privilege to have served An Comunn Gàidhealach as President and I am confident that I am handing the role to someone who will further enhance the work of An Comunn and the Royal National Mòd. The organisation is now in a strong position to support the development of our wonderful language; music and culture in the years to come.”

Allan Campbell, speaking following the AGM of An Comunn Gàidhealach in Lochaber, said “I would like to thank John Macleod for his work over the last decade. The role of President of An Comunn Gàidhealach will be both challenging and, hopefully, fulfilling. I do not underestimate the challenges, but I also recognise the opportunities that we are now presented with, through Gaelic Medium Education and the Arts. The supporting infrastructure is now in place and we can help to move the re-emergence of our language, music and culture forward over the coming years. We will strive to fulfill the aspirations outlined in the National Gaelic Plan. I look forward to shaping An Comunn Gàidhealach in the years to come.”

In addition, at the AGM, Janet Macdonald stepped down as the Mòd Director. The role is the key position liaising between the staff of An Comunn Gàidhealach and the communities that support the Royal National Mòd. Allan Campbell paid tribute to Janet saying that he recognised the power of work that Janet has undertaken for over a decade. “Janet has been the driving force behind the smooth running of the huge event that the Royal National Mòd has now become. She has brought a quiet authority and a meticulous attention to detail to the whole event. Her ability to work with everyone in high pressure competitive situations has defined the external perception of the event and we are grateful for her support. We hope that Janet will remain in our midst over the next years to help assure, and direct us, when assurance and direction is needed.”

Allan Campbell
Allan Campbell

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An Comunn Gàidhealach Celebrates £2,500 Gift from The Patron’s Fund

Published: 14 Feb 2017

​An Comunn Gàidhealach is grateful to have received £2,500 gift from The Patron’s Fund, the charitable fund set up to acknowledge the work of the charitable organisations for which Her Majesty The Queen acts as a Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

Around £750,000 is available to distribute between nearly 300 charities and other organisations in the UK and the Commonwealth. The Fund received generous donations from a range of supporters; including individual donors, businesses, schools, community groups and the proceeds from The Patron’s Lunch, the event on the Mall last June.

This gift will support a “Mod Academy”, a bequest from the family of the late Charlie MacColl,. The Academy aims to give young people in the Lochaber area an opportunity to learn and develop their music and Gaelic language skills through professional tuition in Gaelic music, song, poetry and storytelling.

As well as developing new skills, the Mòd Academy will build confidence to perform and it is hoped that this will lead to continued development in the language as well as an increase in participants entering the Royal National Mòd in years to come.

For further information on The Patron’s Fund (Registered Charity No. 1164171), email info@thepatronsfund.org.uk or visit www.thepatronsfund.org.uk

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An Comunn Gàidhealach Publications Digitised

Published: 06 Dec 2016

​A collection of nearly 300 items published by An Comunn Gàidhealach has been digitised by the National Library of Scotland and is available in the Digital Gallery on the Library’s website at http://digital.nls.uk/an-comunn-gaidhealach


The collection, in Gaelic and English, includes journals and newspapers, annual reports, educational books, Royal National Mòd programmes and published Mòd literature.

All of the Royal National Mòd programmes in our collection have now been digitised, so if you were a competitor you will be able to find yourself here!

The complete run of “An Deò-Greine” and “An Gaidheal”, rich sources of information about the development of the Gaelic language during the twentieth century, are also available here.

The National Library hopes to add Mòd music to this collection, and will be digitising future Royal National Mòd programmes as they are published.

If you would like to know more about this collection, or have An Comunn publications which might fill gaps in the collection, please contact Jennifer Giles, (j.giles@nls.uk or phone 0131-623-3910)

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An Comunn Gàidhealach Tweed

Published: 10 Oct 2016

Harris Tweed Hebrides of Shawbost have created an exclusive design to celebrate the return of the Royal National Mòd to the Western Isles.

Commissioned by An Comunn Gaidhealach, Harris Tweed Hebrides’ design team, led by Ken Kennedy, have incorporated the colours of An Comunn’s crest, blended with the Hebridean summer landscape and seascape, to form a striking tartan pattern which will feature in an extensive range of accessories, as well as adorning Mòd stages.

The Mòd will be held from 15th to 22nd October with several thousand visitors expected to descend on Lewis and Harris.

The new tartan will also mark the 125th anniversary of An Comunn Gaidhealach’s founding.

Margaret Ann Macleod, Brand Development Director of Harris Tweed Hebrides, said: “The link between Gaelic culture and Harris Tweed is exceptionally strong, so it is natural to have the Clo Mor represented at a celebration of the language, particularly when it is being held in our own community. The vibrant colours will reflect the spirit of the Mòd”.

The accessories range – which includes corsage, purses, make-up bags, hand-bags, men’s ties and of course hip flasks – has all been made in Scotland with local firms By Rosie and Rarebird among the suppliers.

John Morrison, Chief Executive of An Comunn Gaidhealach, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Harris Tweed Hebrides to create a special edition tweed celebrating a landmark 125 years of An Comunn Gàidhealach.

“It’s great to be returning to the Western Isles for this year’s Royal National Mòd and what better way to mark such an occasion than to work with such a prestigious organisation as Harris Tweed Hebrides. I’m sure the Gaelic community and beyond will love the tweed and I hope we’ll see many people wearing it at this year’s Royal National Mòd, and at many more Mòds in the future.”

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September 2016 Newsletter

Published: 04 Oct 2016

Here is the next issue of our monthly Newsletter. You will find lots of information about Mòd nan Eilean Siar 2016 and much more!

Please find the newsletter here.

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National Library of Scotland

Published: 26 Sep 2016

Do you have Mòd programmes or Mòd music that you no longer need taking up space in your home? If so, then the National Library of Scotland would love to hear from you.

The Library is currently digitising all of the Mòd programmes we have in our collections, which means that they will be available on our website for all to use without having to come into the Library. This means for example that you will be able to search for names of competitors, or to find out what the competition pieces were in a given year - a great resource for the future!

However, we can only digitise what we have, and we don’t have them all, so are seeking your help to fill our gaps. We don’t have many programmes before 1966 and we have later gaps too.

If you think you can help us, please contact Jennifer Giles on 0131-623-3910, or email j.giles@nls.uk. The Library will also have a stand at the Nicolson Institute during the Mod in Stornoway, from 17 – 21 October, and we would be delighted to meet you there.

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An Comunn Newsletter

Published: 04 Apr 2016

The March issue of our Newsletter is now available. To view this month’s newsletter, please click here.

If you would like to contribute anything to a future issue of the newsletter, please contact alison@ancomunn.co.uk

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Cuairt-litir ACG

Published: 01 Feb 2016

The January issue of our Newsletter is now available. To view this month’s newsletter, please click here.

If you would like to contribute anything to a future issue of the newsletter, please contact marina@ancomunn.co.uk.

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CANCELLED - Inverness Burns Supper

Published: 26 Jan 2016

Burns Supper – Saturday 30th January 2016

Due to the low numbers that have expressed a wish to attend this event it has unfortunately had to be cancelled.

We apologise for this and hope that those that had wished to attend are not too inconvenienced and that you are able to make alternative arrangements for this date.

To the artistes and all that had prepared for the event a special apology.


Marlene Yule

Branch Secretary

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Gaelic Psalm Workshop

Published: 12 Jan 2016

Gaelic Psalm Workshop in Edinburgh…

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Burns Supper

Published: 12 Jan 2016

​Inverness Branch Burns Supper…

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Hogmanay Dance in Inverness

Published: 01 Dec 2015

​Hogmanay Dance in Inverness…

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November Newsletter

Published: 01 Dec 2015

The November issue of the An Comunn Gàidhealach Newsletter is now available.

Please click here to view this issue and any previous issues.

If you would like to receive the Newsletter by email, please contact marina@ancomunn.co.uk

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Silver Pendant Qualifying 2016

Published: 13 Nov 2015

​Competitors in A252 (Ladies) and A253 (Men) must choose a song which follows a theme which is specified annually.

For 2016, the theme for A252 (Ladies) is ‘lament’ and for A253 (Men) ‘love’.

This will appear on the 2016 syllabus soon

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Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir Celebration Dinner

Published: 07 Sep 2015

How time flies! Kirsteen Grant has been conducting the Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir for 25 years and to celebrate this wonderful achievement a Dinner will be held in Hillhead Sports Club, 32, Hughenden Road, Glasgow, G12 9XP on Friday 27th November at 7pm for
7.30pm. Cost £25 including a drink on arrival.

If you wish to attend please respond to Neil Murray, 58, Munro Road, Glasgow, G13 1SG by 31st October enclosing a cheque for £25 (made payable to Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir) together with your personal details and any specific dietary requirements

The Choir look forward to the company of as many as possible joining them on this very special occasion.

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August Newsletter

Published: 07 Sep 2015

The latest issue of the An Comunn Gàidhealach newsletter is now available.

Please click on the following link to view the August issue and past issues.

Cuairt-litir ACG

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Katie Anne Macleod (MacLean)

Published: 15 May 2015

We were saddened yesterday to learn of the death of Katie Anne Macleod (Maclean). She would have celebrated her 102nd birthday on the 18th of June this year.


Katie Anne, from South Bragar in Lewis, was born on the 18th of June 1913. She won the An Comunn Gàidhealach Gold Medal at the Glasgow Mod in 1938.

She was a resident at the Dun Berisay care home in Stornoway in her latter years.

We remember her family and friends at this sad time.

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Stornoway Phones Out of Order

Published: 06 May 2015

The telephone system in our Stornoway office has been out of order over the last few days. We apologise for any incovenience this may cause. We have been assured that the problem will be fixed within the next day or so.

In the meantime please do not hesitate to call our Inverness office on 01463 709 705.

Mòran taing

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ACG Newsletter

Published: 02 Apr 2015

Please follow the link below to view the latest issue of the An Comunn Gàidhealach monthly Newsletter.

If you would like to include anything in the next issue of the newsletter, please contact Marina Mackay on 01851 703 487 or email marina@ancomunn.co.uk.

Cuairt-litir Màrt 2015

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An Comunn AGM Tonight

Published: 13 Mar 2015

The Annual General Meeting of An Comunn Gàidhealach will take place this evening (Friday 13 March) at 6.30pm in Eden Court, Inverness.

All members of An Comunn Gàidhealach are invited to attend.

Mòran taing

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MG ALBA IN COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

Published: 23 Feb 2015


MG ALBA (The Gaelic Media Service) is undertaking a series of public meetings seeking the views of communities throughout Scotland on the future of Gaelic broadcasting. Meetings will be held as follows and all are welcome to attend:

Thursday 5 March - Glasgow - Coffee & Craic - 5pm

Friday 6 March - Glasgow - Glasgow University - 2pm

Thursday 12 March - Skye - Sabhal Mòr Ostaig - 7pm

Friday 13 March - Inverness - Waterside Hotel - 12.30pm

Monday 16 March - Oban - Caledonian Hotel - 12.30pm

Monday 16 March - Fort William - West End Hotel - 5.30pm

Wednesday 18 March - Tiree - An Talla - 7pm

Thursday 19 March - Lewis - Ness Historical Society - 7pm

Friday 20 March - South Uist - Cothrom - 12.30pm

Friday 20 March - Barra - Castlebay Community School - 7.30pm

In addition to the public meetings MG ALBA is also welcoming people’s views via an online questionnaire with details available on www.mgalba.com.

To reserve a place at any of the meetings or for further information contact Murdo Morrison (MG ALBA) on murdo.morrison@mgalba.com or on 01851 705550.

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An Comunn Gàidhealach AGM

Published: 18 Feb 2015

The Annual General Meeting of An Comunn Gàidhealach will be held on Friday 13 March 2015 at 6.30pm in Eden Court, Inverness.

All members of An Comunn Gàidhealach are invited to attend.

Mòran taing

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Head Teacher Post in Fort William

Published: 11 Feb 2015

The Highland Council seeks to appoint a full-time Head Teacher for the new Gaelic Primary School in Fort William; Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Loch Abar.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced Teachers who are fluent Gaelic speakers and who can also read and write Gaelic.

Contact Person: Norma Young Tel: 01478 613697

Please click on the following link for full details:

https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/councils/highland-council/jobs/head-teacher-primarygaelic-essential-bun-sgoil-ghaidhlig-loch-abarcaol-fort-william-7300

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Oban Mod LOC Website Live

Published: 11 Feb 2015

The Mod 2015 Local Organising Committee website is now “live”. Keep an eye on the site to see how preparations are going for October.

The Committee will be developing and updating their website between now and Mod week. They hope you will find it useful if you are planning to come to this year’s Mod.

www.modanobain2015.com

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Mòd nan Eilean Siar 400 Club

Published: 10 Feb 2015

The winners in the January draw were:


1st - £100 - Beatrice Macleod,Stornoway

2nd - £60 - Donald Martin, Stornoway

3rd - £40 - Norman Macdonald, Ness

If you would like to take part in the Mòd nan Eilean Siar 2016 400 Club, you can download a form below.

Mòd 2016 400 Club Form

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ACG Newsletter

Published: 03 Feb 2015

You can view the latest issue of the An Comunn Gàidhealach newsletter here.

Should you wish to contribute any news items to a future edition, please contact Marina Mackay at marina@ancomunn.co.uk or telephone 01851 703 487.

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Inverness Field Club

Published: 15 Jan 2015

The Inverness Field Club is holding a lecture which I think might interest your members, Roddy Maclean will be talking on the subject “Marsh Marigold or Lus Buidhe Bealltainn” Gaelic perspectives on our native plants including uses for food, dyeing and healing.

The lecture will be held in Millburn Academy, Diriebught Road, Inverness on , Wednesday, 21st January 2015 starting at 7.30 p.m.

We would like to invite your members to join us at the concession price of £2.

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Cumbernauld Choir Event

Published: 14 Jan 2015

Cumbernauld Gaelic Choir will be having a concert/ceilidh on Saturday 28th February. This will take place in the Village Hall, Cumbernauld from 7.30pm. Tickets will cost £8.00 and can be reserved by contacting the Choir Secretary, William McEvoy by email at william.mcevoy2@ntlworld.com or by telephone on 07913047703.

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Phone problems

Published: 12 Jan 2015

If you have been trying to contact our Stornoway office, we apologise as we are having difficulties with our phone line.

You can email us instead on peigi@ancomunn.co.uk / marina@ancomunn.co.uk or call our Inverness office on 01463 709 705.

Mòran taing

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Happy New Year

Published: 06 Jan 2015

Both our offices have now re-opened after the Christmas break.

A very Happy New Year to you all!

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Shop for Xmas @ Bùth a’ Chomuinn

Published: 16 Dec 2014

Are you all organised for Christmas? If not, there are lots of goodies on offer in the An Comunn Shop that would make great Christmas presents!

(Remember An Comunn members get a 10% discount in our shop).

We close on Tuesday 23rd December for the Christmas holidays and will re-open on Monday 5th January.

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An Comunn Shop

Published: 03 Dec 2014

There’s lots on offer in the An Comunn Gàidhealach Shop in Stornoway. To place an order, please contact marina@ancomunn.co.uk or telephone 01851 703 487.







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ACG Newsletter

Published: 02 Dec 2014

Tha latest issue of the An Comunn Gàidhealach newsletter is available here.

If you would like to include anything in our next newsletter, please forward the information on to marina@ancomunn.co.uk by 15th December.

Mòran taing

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Mod 2014 Photography

Published: 30 Oct 2014


You can view photographs from this year’s Royal National Mod here.

You can order copies from the official Mod Photographer, Graham Hood, via his website:

Email: info@grahamhoodphotography.com
Web:
www.grahamhoodphotography.com

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For Information

Published: 30 Oct 2014

Both our offices have now re-opened following a week off after the Mod. We hope you all enjoyed this year’s Royal National Mod in Inverness - a huge thank you once again to everyone who was involved.

There are many emails and messages to go through so we are busy catching up with all of these this week.

We also have adjudication sheets, trophies and monetary prizes to distribute - so please be patient as this will take time.

Any adjudication sheets not collected during Mod week will automatically be posted to competitors, to the address stated on entry forms.

Please click here to view Graham Hood’s official photographs from this year’s Mod. A selection of these will be available in our next newsletter which will be distributed as a double issue, at the end of November.

Mòran taing

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Offices Closed for Christmas

Published: 19 Oct 2014

Both our offices in Inverness and Stornoway will be closed from Wednesday 23rd December and will re-open on Tuesday 5th January 2016.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us this year.

We now look forward to seeing you all next year - mòran taing dhuibh uile!

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Gold Medal Winners

Published: 16 Oct 2014

Congratulations to Eilidh Cormack, Portree and Angus Macleod, Inverness, winners of the An Comunn Gàidhealach Gold Medal at this year’s Royal National Mod!

A full list of prize-winners is available at: http://www.ancomunn.co.uk/nationalmod/results-2014/#daysThursday

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Traditional Final

Published: 15 Oct 2014

Thèid farpais crìochnachaidh an t-Seann Nòis a chumail an ath oidhche aig 7.30f ann an Cùirt Eden. The Traditional Final will take place tomorrow evening at 7.30f ann an Cùirt Eden. The running order is as follows:

1. Kirsty Netta NicFhionghuin, Tobar Mhoire
2. Neil MacRisnidh, Càrlabhagh
3. Ceitlin L R Smith, Eilean Leòdhais
4. Ruairidh MacCarmaig, Port Rìgh
5. Karen Elder, Barraigh
6. Tormod MacLeòid, Càrlabhagh
7. Ellen NicDhòmhnaill, Inbhir Nis
8. Torquil MacLeòid, Steòrnabhagh
9. Kerrie Finlay, A’ Mhanachainn

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Gold Medal Final

Published: 15 Oct 2014

Thèid farpais crìochnachaidh am Bonn Òir a chumail madainn a-màireach (Diardaoin) aig 9m ann an Cùirt Eden. The Gold Medal Final will take place tomorrow morning at 9am in Eden Court. The running order for the Gold Final is as follows:

1. Ceitlin L R Smith, Eilean Leòdhais
2. Iain Gordon, Inbhir Narann
3. Isabel NicLeòid, Càrlabhagh
4. Dòmhnall-Iain MacIlleDhuinn, Glaschu
5. Eilidh NicCarmaig, Port Rìgh
6. Aonghas MacLeòid, Inbhir Nis
7. Ainsley V Hamill, Càrdanros
8. John Howieson, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach

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Silver Pendant Final

Published: 15 Oct 2014

Thèid farpais crìochnachaidh an Aigeallan Airgid a chumail a-nochd, ann an Cùirt Eden aig 7.30f. The Silver Pendant Final will take place this evening at 7.30f in Eden Court. The running order is as follows:

1. Kirsten Laurie, Ìle
2. Fergus Muir, Ìle
3. Donna Dugdale, Tobar Mhoire
4. Iain Eachann Ros, Inbhir Nis
5. Ellen L Beard, Dùn Èideann
6. Hector Mackechnie, Samharaidh
7. Rena Gertz, Prestonpans
8. Campbell Mackenzie, Steòrnabhagh

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Sradagan @ the Mod

Published: 15 Oct 2014

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Barra & Vatersay Mod

Published: 23 Sep 2014

​Barra and Vatersay Provincial Mod will take place this weekend!

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Cuairt-litir ACG

Published: 14 Jul 2014

Please click on the following link to view the latest issue of the An Comunn Gàidhealach newsletter.

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ACG Newsletter

Published: 11 Jun 2014

You can view the most recent issue of the An Comunn Gàidhealach newsletter at: ACG Newsletters

Should you wish to include something in a future issue, please contact marina@ancomunn.co.uk

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Mod Entry Closing Date

Published: 15 May 2014

Royal National Mòd’s closing date draws near for applicants


With entries for Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail 2014 coming in thick and fast, Mod organisers An Comunn Gàidhealach are busy preparing for this year’s event, to be held in Inverness for the first time since 1997.

Although many entries have already been received and processed, An Comunn Gàidhealach expects a considerable influx before the closing date of 31st May 2014 and it is stressing the importance of complete entries being received on time.

Janet MacDonald, Royal National Mod Director reiterated this view saying, “It is important that you check the website and syllabuses for confirmation of changes that have been introduced this year. Some competitions which have had very low entries in the past few years have been discontinued, with others having been amalgamated; these changes are explained on the website. We hope that you will enjoy the Inverness Mòd when it comes, it promises to be a great event.”

The continuing success and development of Gaeldom’s premier cultural festival was praised by Convener of the Local Organising Committee, Allan Campbell. “If people didn’t enjoy the Mod they wouldn’t attend, and the level of participation and the substantial numbers who visit the Royal National Mod each year is testament to the enormous enjoyment which users and supporters of the Gaelic language and culture, and anyone with a love of good music, will find at this famous festival.

“In the 2014 Year of Homecoming we are making a particularly special effort to welcome you to Inverness, and to the best Mod ever, with traditional friendship and hospitality appropriate to the Capital City of the Gàidhealtachd and we also look forward to greeting friends from across the globe who will be returning to the land of their forebears!”

People are looking forward to the Mod returning to the Highland capital for the first time in seventeen years. Councillor Hamish Fraser, Chairperson of Highland Council’s Gaelic Implementation Group said “People from across Scotland are very excited that the Mod is returning ‘home’ to the Highland Capital in the Year of Highland Homecoming.

I believe that the numbers of entries to the competitions are increasing daily. It is anticipated that there will be entries from Caithness in the North to Campbelltown in the South.

I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate the Mod Local Organising Committee on their fundraising activities and also on the organising of an exciting and innovative Mod Fringe Programme, which will offer events and activities for all the family and visitors to the world’s premier Gaelic and cultural event.


The Council is very supportive of the Mòd and it is one of the key performance indicators in our Gaelic Language Plan. The Council is also a key funding partner as this linguistic and cultural event develops and promotes Gaelic and its associated culture. During October it will generate an economic input in the City and the surrounding Inner Moray Firth area. I wish all the competitors every success.”

For any further information regarding Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail or Mòd Inbhir Nis, please visit www.acgmod.org or www.modinbhirnis2014.com

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Neil McKechnie

Published: 14 May 2014

The funeral of the late Neil McKechnie, Dingwall, will take place tomorrow (Thursday 15/05/14) at 11am in Dingwall.

Our sympathy goes out to his family at this sad time.

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Stirling Gaelic Choir’s Annual Concert

Published: 22 Apr 2014

​Stirling Gaelic Choir’s Annual Concert will take place this Friday, 25th April, at 7.30pm, in the Victoria Hall in Dunblane.

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Homecoming Scotland

Published: 10 Apr 2014

This year’s Royal National Mod features in the following ‘Homecoming Scotland’ supplement.

(Courtesy of Scottish Provincial Press)

http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/launch.aspx?eid=e4bf034e-04f9-4a4b-95bf-99be22d933cc


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Entry Forms Available Now

Published: 19 Mar 2014

You can now download entry forms for the Royal National Mod 2014 here.

You will also be able to submit entries online in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned to the news section of the website, our Facebook and Twitter to find out when you can enter online.

In the meantime, should you require any further information regarding this year’s competitions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Telephone: 01463 709 705

Email: info@ancomunn.co.uk

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Inverness 400 Club

Published: 19 Mar 2014

The winners in the March draw were:

£250 Margaret MacLennan, Stornoway

£100 E M MacDonald,Inverness

£50 James Matheson, Muir of Ord

Congratulations!

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Govan Gaelic Choir Concert

Published: 17 Mar 2014

Govan Gaelic Choir will host their annual concert on Wednesday 26th March 2014.

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Amendment to C78

Published: 17 Mar 2014

Please note that the two pieces for C78 that appear in the ‘Còisirean òigridh, luchd-ionnsachaidh’ booklet for Mòd 2014 have been amended and redrafted.

These are being reissued to choirs competing in this competition. To get the correct, amended copies please contact An Comunn at info@ancomunn.co.uk.

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Family Ceilidh in Oban

Published: 14 Mar 2014

​Family Ceilidh organised by Oban Mod Committee

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Dingwall Gaelic Choir

Published: 14 Mar 2014

Dingwall Gaelic Choir - 60th Anniversary Concert

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An Comunn AGM

Published: 05 Mar 2014

Remember that the Annual General Meeting of An Comunn Gàidhealach will be held this Friday, 7 March 2014 @ 6.30pm in the Maclean Room, Eden Court, Inverness.

All members of An Comunn Gàidhealach are invited to attend.

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Edinburgh International Harp Festival

Published: 25 Feb 2014

​Edinburgh International Harp Festival will take place between the 4th and 9th April 2014.

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Lochies in Inverness

Published: 20 Feb 2014

The Inverness Branch of An Comunn Gàidhealach are hosting an evening with The Lochies.

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Gaelic Mentoring Programme 2014

Published: 20 Feb 2014

Deadline: Friday 28 March 2014



Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland, in partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland, invites applications for a new Gaelic playwright mentoring programme. This is a hugely exciting opportunity for the National Theatre Scotland and Playwright’s Studio, Scotland to continue to engage with and support Gaelic artists.

Two writers will be chosen for a programme of mentoring by established playwright and National Theatre of Scotland Associate Artist (Gaelic), Iain Finlay Macleod, to support the development of a new play. This is an opportunity to improve playwriting skills and gain valuable insight into the playwriting process and profession.

Each writer will receive three mentoring sessions with Iain Finlay over a six month period. There will be at least one theatre trip organised during this time, as well as supporting workshops and opportunities to meet representatives from the National Theatre of Scotland and other theatre professionals.

The new programme is part Playwrights’ Studio’s ongoing Gaelic development work. It builds on partnerships with Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the Gaelic Books Council and Creative Scotland. It includes support and incubation of the Urlar Gaelic play laboratory (led by Iain Macrae, CCA, 16th January 2014) and the Gaelic New Playwrights Award. Alison Lang is the current recipient of this Award. Under the mentorship of Iain Finlay Macleod, she is currently under commission by Pròiseact Nan Ealan. Applications for 2015’s Award will open in summer 2014.

In 2014 the National Theatre of Scotland embarks on their fourth year of a far-reaching Gaelic action plan. In January the National Theatre of Scotland will be remounting their 2013 Gaelic music/drama production of A Little Bird Blown Off Course, by Fiona J MacKenzie, at the Tron Theatre as part of Celtic Connections. The production was recently shortlisted for a Scottish Gaelic Award. And in February the National Theatre of Scotland, in partnership with Pròiseact nan Ealan (PNE), with support from Creative Scotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig, will be offering up to 10 artists the opportunity to undertake a week’s residential course in playwriting at Moniack Mhor. Iain Finlay Macleod is National Theatre of Scotland’s fourth Gaelic Associate although the first time the role has been in partnership with PNE. Previous Associate Artists (Gaelic) are: Fiona J MacKenzie, Maeve Mackinnon and Catriona Lexy Campbell.

Am I eligible for the Mentoring programme?

• You are a Gaelic speaking writer at any stage in your career, living in Scotland or from Scotland and living elsewhere;

• You have a particular idea you hope to develop through mentoring;

• You do not need to have had work produced, published or broadcast;

• You are not a student in full-time formal education (i.e. 16 hours or more per week) at the start of the Mentoring Programme. Applications may be considered from individuals who are working at a professional level within the arts and film sector, undertaking a part-time course of study, however, this will depend on how it relates to your course.

• You will be available from July 2014 for six months to work on your script, meeting three times with your mentor over the period;

• You have a commitment to delivering a completed script for the stage by the end of the process.

How do I apply?

To apply for mentoring, please provide (in Gaelic OR English):

• A covering letter explaining why you would like to be mentored and your commitment to developing your playwriting experience

• Your current contact details and brief biography detailing your writing experience to date

• A one page treatment for an idea you would like to develop.

• One ten-page extract of your writing and a synopsis of the piece from which the extract has come. (We would appreciate it if you could submit this in Gaelic with an English translation.)

Please email the above as one document in either Word or PDF format to info@playwrightsstudio.co.uk by Friday 28 March 2014 with ‘Gaelic Mentoring application’ in the subject line.

Alternatively, if you would like to post your application, please send it to:

Mentoring Applications

Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland

CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street

Glasgow

G2 3JD

Your application will be considered by a panel including Iain Finlay Macleod, George Aza-Selinger (Literary Manager, National Theatre of Scotland) and Fiona Sturgeon Shea (Creative Director, Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland). The outcome will be known no later than May 2014, with the mentoring commencing July 2014.

Frequently asked questions

I am Scottish but based elsewhere. Will you pay my travel
expenses?

Depending on where you are based, we may be able to make a contribution towards expenses, help you source alternative funding or, alternatively, consider other options such as Skype. Please do not let this put you off applying, if you are eligible.

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Inverness 400 Club

Published: 17 Feb 2014

The winners in our February draw were:

£250 Mrs K.A. Mackellar, Auldearn

£100 Iain Macaulay, Isle of Lewis

£50 E.M. MacDonald, Inverness

Congratulations!

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Junior Choral Rule Amendment

Published: 14 Feb 2014

Please note that the rule for Junior choral and senior choral competitions stating, “Prescribed pieces may be sung, if necessary, a semi-tone higher or lower than the set key” is no longer applicable and all choirs may sing prescribed pieces in their own chosen key.

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Inverness Soup Lunch

Published: 12 Feb 2014

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Junior Choir Training

Published: 12 Feb 2014

An Comunn Gàidhealach are pleased to announce the launch of a new scheme in order to help establish new Junior Gaelic choirs. The scheme has been undertaken in partnership with Comunn nan Còisirean (The Association of Gaelic Choirs) and aims to increase interest in junior Gaelic choral singing.

Conductor training and workshops will be offered to any new, potential choir as part of the scheme aswell as other practical support such as providing and supplying songs and arrangements.

Kenny Thomson, chairman of the Association of Gaelic Choirs said, “The number of Junior Gaelic choirs competing at Mòds has gradually declined in recent years. We know that not all schools and areas have the skills, time and resources to be able to start up a choir and through this initiative we hope to be able to support any school or community that wish to do so.”

The scheme will be open to any new, aspiring Gaelic choirs that have a genuine interest and wish to establish a Junior Gaelic choir. Well known Gaelic singer and choir conductor Joy Dunlop will assist An Comunn Gàidhealach in delivering workshops and training for any new, prospective conductors and is looking forward to the prospect of working with new choirs. Joy said, “I have been involved in Gaelic choral singing from a very early age and continue to be involved as a senior member of a Gaelic choir as well as being a conductor of another Gaelic choir. I have gained so much from being part of choirs and choral singing was an important part of my development as a singer. The social enjoyment completely outweighs the hard work that is put in and it would be great to see another few Gaelic choirs forming around the country.”

If you are interested in receiving support through this scheme, please contact James Graham at An Comunn for more details: james@ancomunn.co.uk. Tel: 01463 709705. www.ancomunn.co.uk

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January 2014 Newsletter

Published: 06 Feb 2014

Please click on the link below to view the latest issue of the An Comunn Gàidhealach newsletter:

Cuairt-litir ACG Faoilleach 2014

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Robin Banks

Published: 04 Feb 2014

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Robin Banks at the weekend, aged 81. Robin was a true friend and ambassador for An Comunn Gàidhealach for many years. Although Robin had been suffering ill-health for some time, his death came very unexpectedly.

The funeral service will be held in Oban Old Parish Church on Friday 7 February at 1pm followed by interment at Pennyfuir Cemetery.

Our thoughts are with Robin’s wife Ishbel at this difficult time.

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Ceilidh House in Inverness

Published: 24 Jan 2014

​An evening of traditional entertainment with some of Gaeldom’s top artists.

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Choral Workshop

Published: 24 Jan 2014

Ceòl nan Còisir
Isle of Mull Hotel, Craignure

Choral Workshop with Mary Ann Kennedy
Open to all but focusing mainly on the rural choirs prescribed SATB and the rural Puirt-a-Beul.

Saturday, February 22nd
Workshop 11am-5pm
Carvery Dinner £15
Ceilidh from 8.30pm

Please bring along your musical instruments for the ceilidh!”

Special B&B Rate is available at £20 per person - Quote Donna Dugdale, Mull Gaelic Choir workshop when booking to get room discount (Hotel phone: 01680 812 544)

Please contact Donna Dugdale DRamsay7S@hotmail.co.uk for details and to book a place at the workshop.


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New Funding Opportunity

Published: 24 Jan 2014


Are you interested in receiving some support to encourage the use of Gaelic in your area?

Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s funding scheme Taic Freumhan Coimhearsnachd is now open to new applications, to assist projects which will encourage and increase the learning and usage of Gaelic.

Further information and application forms are now available via the Bòrd na Gàidhlig website www.gaidhlig.org.uk/bord/en/funding-opportunities/taic-freumhan-coimhearsnachd.php or by calling 01463 225454, or email tabhartas@gaidhlig.org.uk.

The closing date for applications is Friday 14th February 2014.


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Bliadhna Mhath Ùr

Published: 06 Jan 2014

Tha na h-oifisean againn fosgailte a-nise as dèidh saor-laithean na Nollaig. Tha sinn an dòchas gun robh tìde mhath agaibh uile.

Tha sinn a’ nise a’ coimhead air adhart ri bliadhna ùr eile agus ri Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail na bliadhna seo, a thèid a chumail ann an Inbhir Nis eadar an 10mh & 18mh den Dàmhair.

Ma tha sibh airson fiosrachadh sam bith a chur thugainn mu tachartasan, na Mòdan Ionadail, no coinneamhan sam bith agus mar sin air adhart, cuiribh fios thugainn agus sgaoilidh sinn an fhiosrachadh air an làrach-lìn, anns a’ chuairt-litir agus air an duilleag Facebook againn.

Bliadhna mhath ùr dhuibh uile!

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Tom Mitchell

Published: 03 Dec 2013

Le bàs Tòmas Mitchell chaill sinn sàr Ghàidheal agus bidh eòlaich anns gach àite a’ cuimhneachadh air fìor dhuine gasta. Bha e iriosal na ghiùlain ach daingeann na dhìlseachd dha theaghlach agus dha charaidean, agus cuideachd dhan Ghàidhlig is a dualchas.

Born in Govan in 1933 Tom’s early life experience was of Glasgow but when World War 2 was declared on 3rd September 1939 Tom was shipped off to his grandmother in Tarscabhaig, and later to live with an uncle and aunt in Achadh na Cloiche. “Chaidh an cogadh a ghairm Latha na Sàbaid, is bha mise air falbh dhan Eilean Sgitheanach Diluain!” Tom spent the following five and a half years in Skye attending Tocabhaig Primary School and mastering the Gaelic language which he used with such pride for the rest of his life.

Returning to Glasgow after the War Tom completed his schooling and found employment in the print industry, and after a few years he was a lino-type operator working for the Daily Express in Glasgow.

Tom was a keen dancer and it was at Govan Town Hall that he met his future wife and soul-mate Rachel, and they were apparently exceptional dancers. Tom and Rachel married in 1955 and 3 days later Tom departed for national service, training initially with the Camerons in Lanark and then with the Royal Scots Fusiliers at Edinburgh, and from there to Penang Island in Malaya where he became a specialist dog-handler trailing terrorists. Rachel wrote to Tom every day of his national service and he kept and treasured these letters!

Following national service Tom resumed his work with the Daily Express until production of the paper was relocated to Manchester in 1974. Tom was a member of the workers cooperative involved in the unsuccessful venture to launch the Scottish Daily News in 1975.

Having lost his newspaper job Tom joined the ambulance service and trained as a paramedic, and as with everything he did Tom was a caring and dedicated ambulance man who received many commendations over his 27 years service, delivering many babies and supporting hundreds of families in very difficult situations.
Tom and Rachel were a treasured double-act assisting at Local Mods and at 47 consecutive National Mods up to the Dunoon event in 2012, and in March this year An Comunn Gàidhealach rightly recognised this extraordinary voluntary commitment by presenting Tom and Rachel with specially commissioned gold medals in appreciation of their work. “Fhuair mise bonn-òr gun facal a sheinn!!” (I got a Gold Medal without singing a note!) Tom jokingly said in a recent radio programme!

Tom Mitchell was a very special person. The kind of friend everybody needs but that not everyone is fortunate enough to find. He was quietly unassuming, but strong and intensely loyal to his family and friends, and to his language and culture. Tom will be remembered for his consistently smart appearance, his unfailing courtesy and friendly smile, and his firm handshake. His son and daughter acknowledge their good fortune to have had a father who was always there when they needed him, and who supported them in whatever they wanted to do.

Tom’s many friends and acquaintances will be thinking fondly of Rachel, his wife of 57 years, and their family as they face the future without him.
Sàr Ghàidheal da-rìribh, agus bidh sinn ga ionndrainn!

AC

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Inverness 400 Club

Published: 25 Nov 2013

The winners in the November 400 club draw were:

£250 Audrey Barnett, Inverness

£100 Heather Campbell, Inverness

£50 Carol Mackay, Kyle of Lochalsh

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Gaelic events during Oban Winter Festival

Published: 22 Nov 2013

Furan, (the Oban Gaelic Centre) is hosting a series of events, for Gaelic and non-Gaelic speakers, as part of the Oban Winter Festival 2013.

Here’s what’s happening:

Monday 25th November

A Taste of Scottish Gaelic Workshop: an introduction to useful Gaelic words and phrases

Location: Furan, Corran Halls

Time: 7pm – 8.30pm

Cost: £2

Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th November

Gaelic singing workshops with Mary Catherine MacNeil

Location: Furan, Corran Halls

Time: 7pm – 8.30pm

Cost: £2

Thursday 28th November

Gaelic Pub Quiz

Location: Studio Theatre Bar, Corran Halls

Time: 7.30pm

Cost: £2

**There will be a Gaelic speaker in each team**

All the above events are suitable for Gaelic and non-Gaelic speakers.

To book a place, or get more information on events, please call 01631 567 886.


For more information on the Festival please visit:

www.obanwinterfestival.com

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Tom Mitchell

Published: 19 Nov 2013

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Mr Tom Mitchell one of our dear friends and a loyal supporter of An Comunn Gaidhealach for many years. Tom passed away on Sunday evening.

The Funeral Service is to be held at Falkirk Crematorium on Wednesday 27th November at 2.30pm followed by tea/coffee at The Salvation Army Hall, Cumbernauld. All are welcome.

The family have asked An Comunn to convey their grateful thanks for all the messages and kind thoughts that they have received over the past number of weeks.

Our thoughts are with Rachel and all the family at this sad time.

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Inverness Coffee Morning

Published: 15 Nov 2013

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HIE Seek Board Members

Published: 01 Nov 2013

Highlands & Islands Enterprise are currently advertising board appointments for Highlands & Islands Enterprise on their website:

http://applications.appointed-for-scotland.org/pages/job_search_view.aspx?jobId=562&JobIndex=4&categoryList=&minsal=0&maxsal=150000&workingPatternList=&keywords=&PageIndex=1&Number=13

The closing date is 15th November 2013.

If you are interested, please contact:

Craig Wilson

Scottish Government

Public Appointments Centre Of Expertise

E1 Spur, Saughton House

Broomhouse Drive

Edinburgh

EH11 3XD

0131 244 4372

craig.wilson@scotland.gsi.gov.uk


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Stovie Supper Dance

Published: 29 Oct 2013

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Mod 2013 Photographs

Published: 13 Oct 2013

You can view the official photographs for this year’s Royal National Mod by clicking on the link below.

Graham Hood, our official photographer, will be updating the photographs daily.

Should you wish to order any copies, feel free to contact Graham.

http://grahamhoodphotography.com/viewing/

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C89, C91 & C92

Published: 12 Oct 2013

​​​PLEASE NOTE:

Please ensure that you follow the times on INDEX PAGES 88 & 89 for these competitions and not the times detailed on pages 100 & 101.

i.e.

C89 will take place at 14.45

C91 will take place at 14.15

C92 will take place at 13.30

Mòran taing

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Barra & Vatersay Mod

Published: 25 Sep 2013

Please click on the following link to view the programme for the Barra & Vatersay Provincial Mod which takes place this weekend:

Mod Bharraigh Programme Entries 2013 (pdf)

Best wishes to all the competitors taking part in this year’s Mod!

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Inverness 400 Club

Published: 24 Sep 2013

The winners in our September draw were:

£250 - Janet Campbell, Tobermory

£1OO - M.B.F. Carmichael, Port Ellen

£50 - Calum Mackay, Glasgow

Congratulations!

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HRH Princess Royal to visit Mod

Published: 20 Sep 2013

HRH THE PRINCESS ROYAL TO VISIT 110TH ROYAL NATIONAL Mòd

PAISLEY EVENT RECEIVES ROYAL SEAL OF APPROVAL

Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd), Scotland’s premier event celebrating Gaelic linguistic and cultural heritage, will this year play host to a very special visitor, HRH The Princess Royal.

On Tuesday 15th October, HRH The Princess Royal will visit the nine day celebration of Gaelic music, dance, drama, arts and literature. The Royal National Mod runs from 11th – 19th October 2013 and is set to attract thousands of spectators from across the central belt as it visits the Renfrewshire city for the first time in its 121 year history.

John Macleod, president of An Comunn Gàidhealach, will act as host to the Princess Royal as she visits what is traditionally known as children’s day during which numerous junior competitions take place during the day with prizes for choirs, individual singers, duets as well as linguistic skills.

He said: “We’re delighted to welcome a member of the Royal family to visit the Royal National Mòd at a time when we have seen a notable increase in the numbers of children entering competitions. It’s encouraging to see a real added interest in the Gaelic language and culture from the younger generation, and some of the credit must go to the continuing popularity of Gaelic Medium Education in the central belt.”

John Morrison, chief executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach added: “Three years ago, HRH The Duke of Rothesay visited the 2010 Royal National Mòd in Caithness and we’re delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness on this occasion, on a return visit to the Mòd.”

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Renfrewshire Council Leader, said: ““I’d like to extend a very warm Paisley welcome to Her Royal Highness. Hosting the Royal National Mòd for the first time is a tremendous honour for the town and, in addition to this royal visit, we’re looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors over the eight days of the competition.


“Between the Mòd and the accompanying Spree festival, which has plenty of top music and comedy performers, there will be loads to see and do in Paisley this October. Both festivals will be a tremendous boost to the local economy and help establish Paisley as a cultural destination.”

Organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach, which is the oldest and most respected Gaelic organisation, The Royal National Mòd is a competition based festival which attracts competitors from Gaelic communities throughout the UK, Ireland, Australia, Germany, Canada and the USA and is considered the biggest event of the Gaelic calendar.

The Royal National Mòd is supported by Renfrewshire Council, Caledonian MacBrayne, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, EventScotland, the national events agency, the Royal Bank of Scotland, SQA, BBC ALBA, the Scottish Government and Royal Mail.

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Coffee Morning in Paisley

Published: 28 Aug 2013

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July Newsletter

Published: 01 Aug 2013

Please click on the following link to view the July 2013 edition of the An Comunn Gaidhealach newsletter.

Cuairt-litir ACG Iuchar 2013.pdf

Should you wish to include something in the next issue, please contact marina@ancomunn.co.uk

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Inverness 400 Club

Published: 03 Jul 2013

Below are the lucky winners in the June draw.

£250 John MacRury, Inverness

£100 Roy Pedersen, Inverness

£50 Emma MacLeod, Inverness

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June Newsletter

Published: 28 Jun 2013

Please click on the following link to view the June 2013 edition of the An Comunn Gaidhealach newsletter.

Cuairt-litir ACG Ogmhios 2013.pdf

Should you wish to include something in the next issue, please contact marina@ancomunn.co.uk

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Inverness Provincial Mod

Published: 17 Jun 2013



INVERNESS PROVINCIAL MOD - 21st and 22nd JUNE 2013

The An Comunn Gaidhealach Inverness Provincial Mod will be held on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd June 2013 in the Eden Court Theatre Inverness.

This year, the number of competitors have once again surpassed that of previous years (now exceeding 1000 entries with competitors from an even wider area including Bettyhill, Tain, Dingwall, Ullapool, Gairloch, Broadford, Lewis, Newtonmore,Nairn and Inverness. (Program(s) and tickets will be available at the door).

Following the close of the junior competitions on Friday 21st June there will be a junior concert and presentation of prizes within Eden Court Theatre.

Also following the 2 day event there will be a Ceilidh/Dance in the Waterside Hotel, Inverness at 7.30pm with music provided by The Monach Isle Ceilidh Band and no doubt supporting contributions from the Local Mod competitors.

Tell your friends and colleagues and we look forward to seeing you over the two days!

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Caithness & Sutherland Mod

Published: 13 Jun 2013

Sutherland and Caithness Provincial Mod June 1 2013.


The sun shone, the children sang and the pipers played – they came from Easter Ross, East and Central Sutherland and Caithness to Bettyhill. Senior and Primary staff and pupils at Farr High School had transformed the school into a very welcoming venue for performers and visitors alike.

This year’s Provincial Mod saw entries well up on previous years particularly in the instrumental sections. Newly introduced into the syllabus was a Cròileagan section with entries from Bettyhill and Thurso. The positive influence of Gaelic Medium schools and the Feisean movement was, as always, very apparent.

Rona Macleod of Bonar Bridge was the Junior star performer of the day closely followed by her brother Duncan. Melvich Primary school choir won the junior choral event and Lairg Gaelic Choir the main senior choral, taking home the Duke and Duchess of Sutherland Challenge Cup.

Musical entertainment was provided at Strathy Hall in the evening, starring Rona Lightfoot, Kathleen Boyle and James Graham along with the day’s prizewinners

The committee acknowledge the support they receive from Highland Council, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Fèisean nan Gàidheal and An Comunn Gàidhealach.

Further information is available from the Mod Secretary: Janette Mackay:

Email: janette.mackay@tiscali.co.uk Tel.: 01641 541 275


Pictured: Croileagan Inbhir Theorsa

Golspie Folk Group

Rona Macleod

Erin Cook

Pictures courtesy of Jim A. Johnston

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Glasgow Mod Timetable

Published: 11 Jun 2013

This year’s Glasgow Provincial Mod will take place this weekend at Sgoil Ghaidhlig Ghlaschu.

Please click on the following link to view details of this year’s competitions.

An Comunn Gaidhealach Glasgow Mod Friday Competitions.pdf

An Comunn Gaidhealach Saturday Morning.pdf

An Comunn Gaidhealach Saturday afternoon.pdf

For further information please contact Angela Jenkins via: angelajenkins34@hotmail.com

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Barra Mod

Published: 10 Jun 2013

Barra & Vatersay Provincial Mòd

Friday 27th September 2013

Saturday 28th September 2013

Syllabus available for download on

http://acgmod.org/localmods/detail/barra

Closing date for all entries is Friday 30th August 2012

For further details or if you can help in any way

contact modbharraigh@aol.com

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May Newsletter

Published: 31 May 2013

Please click on the following link to view the latest edition of the An Comunn Gaidhealach newsletter.

Cuairt-litir ACG Ceitean 2013.pdf

Should you wish to include something in the next issue, please contact marina@ancomunn.co.uk

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New Online Entry System

Published: 27 May 2013

An Comunn Gàidhealach has a new online Mòd entry system.

This is the first phase of a larger project to make it easier for you to find out about and enter the Mòd, and to manage your entries. The system is in Beta version right now and will continue to be developed over the summer so we welcome your feedback. Some aspects of the site, particularly the English / Gaelic translations are being added to constantly. However it is ready for you to use now to enter the Royal National Mòd 2013. We hope you find it makes entering the Mòd significantly easier.

Don’t forget, you need to get your entries in by 31st May 2013. It is your responsibility to ensure that you fulfill all the requirements set out in the syllabus.

You can now register to start adding and managing your entries for Mòd 2013 here.

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Inverness 400 Club

Published: 22 May 2013

The lucky winners in our May draw were:

£250 Ray D Mackay, Edinburgh

£100 Marlene Yule, Inverness

£50 Audrey Barnett, Inverness

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Dates for your diaries!

Published: 21 May 2013

Dates for your Diaries!

31st May – Competition Entry Deadline

31st May – Literature Submissions

30th June – Own Choice Deadline

31st July – NEW Trophy Return Deadline

Please see Rules regarding entry deadlines at: http://www.acgmod.org/nationalmod/rules

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April Newsletter

Published: 03 May 2013

Please click on the following link to view the latest edition of the An Comunn Gaidhealach newsletter.

Cuairt-litir ACG - Giblean 2013.pdf


Should you wish to include something in the next issue, please contact marina@ancomunn.co.uk

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