Published: 07 May 2020
Following its decision to postpone the planned 2020 Royal National Mod in Inverness until October 2021, event organiser An Comunn Gaidhealach has now confirmed that a reorganisation of the schedule of National Mod host venues up to 2024 has been agreed.
With the Royal National Mod in Inverness now to take place between 8 and 16 October 2021, the dates for the other host areas are to be as follows.
Perth - 14-22 October 2022
Paisley - 13-21 October 2023.
Oban - October 2024 (dates to be confirmed when 2024 school term dates become available)
An Comunn President, Allan Campbell, said “This postponement of a National Mod for the first time, excluding the First and Second World War years, was surely as difficult a decision as An Comunn directors have ever had to make. We made it with great sadness, but with a clear recognition that it was unavoidably the right thing to do.
I wish to thank the leaders and officers of all the hosting Councils for their understanding and support to us in agreeing the amended programme for these National Mods, and we look forward to events which will benefit their respective communities and our Gaelic language and culture.”
Highland Councillor Alistair Mackinnon said “Highland Council is fully aware of the importance of the flagship status of the Royal National Mod for Gaelic and the communities within which it is held each year. The Council looks forward to
welcoming it back to Inverness when Government restrictions are lifted and we can all safely meet again and celebrate the Gaelic language and culture.”
Perth and Kinross Council Chief Executive, Karen Reid, said “On behalf of the Council, I am also delighted to formally confirm that Perth is able to host the Mod in 2022. We will continue to work with colleagues and local partners to bring about a successful event which will showcase our Gaelic culture and heritage to the rest of Scotland, and beyond.”
An Comunn Gaidhealach Chief Executive, James Graham, acknowledged that circumstances would be a disappointment for Mod competitors of all ages who will have put a great deal of time and energy into preparing for this year’s event. There is, however, some good news!
“Recognising the work that will already have been done by competitors to prepare for the 2020 Royal National Mod we have decided to carry an unaltered syllabus of prescribed music forward to the 2021 event in Inverness. We believe this will be welcomed by all participants and we look forward to another enjoyable Mod in 2021, and equally successful events in the following years.
We are also planning the production of an online celebration of Gaelic song and music in the near future to engage with our Mòd and Gaelic community, but I must stress this will not be intended as a substitute Mòd. We are excited to be exploring options, not just in response to a difficult situation, but in a way that will have a positive impact on the language and culture going forward. We will announce more details when our planning is complete.”
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