Remembering Iain Mackay

Published: 20 Nov 2020

We were saddened to learn of the death of a dear friend yesterday, Iain Mackay, who passed away at the age of 78. Iain was one of the greatest and most renowned Gaelic singers of all time. He brought great joy to us all over the years with his wonderful singing voice.

Iain, from Point on the Isle of Lewis, won the An Comunn Gàidhealach Traditional Gold Medal at the Royal National Mod in Inverness in 1972. Shortly after that he also won the Traditional Medal at the Pan Celtic Festival in Killarney, Ireland.

Our thoughts are with Iain’s wife Dollag and family and friends at this sad time. He will be greatly missed.

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The Urge to Write: Sources of Inspiration for Gaelic Poetry and Music

Published: 16 Nov 2020

‘The Urge to Write: Sources of Inspiration for Gaelic Poetry and Music’ with Gillebrìde MacMillan and Sandaidh NicDhòmhnaill Jones. A Book Week Scotland event on 20 Nov at 6pm.

We hope you can join us for an evening of new #Gaelic poetry and songs!

Register for the event here:

https://www.scottishbooktrust.com/book-week-scotland/events/2020/the-urge-to-write-sources-of-inspiration-for-gaelic-poetry-and-music?fbclid=IwAR1L7h9NJjKxCKgjc7KSsOD8whTNt1lPEcyeQ_P7F6zFZy-wwe6_SZOktSM

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Virtual Royal National Mod Feedback

Published: 02 Nov 2020

Despite the cancellation of The Royal National Mòd in Inverness this year, An Comunn Gàidhealach were delighted to hold an online version of the Royal National Mòd which took place during 9-17 October.The event showcased junior and senior particpants who took part in the Virtual Mòd and consisted of over 30 events which were broadcast via our social media channels.

In order to evaluate our event we would like to hear from you. If you watched, attended or took part in any of our Virtual Royal National Mòd events, we would be gratfeul if you could take the time to fill in the short survey below and provide feedback on the experience.

You may choose to remain anonymous or provide your name. This post-event evaluation is important in helping us to understand the impact the event has

had and to allow us to reflect on how we can improve on future events.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/T38MV5H

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ACG to Offer Gaelic Classes to Gaelic Choir Members

Published: 30 Oct 2020

​Are you a member of a Gaelic choir aiming to improve your Gaelic language skills?

An Comunn Gàidhealach are offering online Gaelic language classes to Gaelic senior choristers who wish to develop their ability in the language. Classes will be offered at three different levels of ability; Gold; Silver and Bronze, in accordance with Sgeama Measaidh a’ Chomuinn.

The classes will run in blocks of 6 weeks initially with a nominal charge of £4 per class (£2 per class for An Comunn Gàidhealach members). If you are interested in enrolling in these classes and to receive more information, please fill out the survey, below.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ML2XVY3

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ACG Newsletter - October

Published: 30 Oct 2020

​The October issue of the An Comunn Gaidhealach newsletter is now available to view here.

Should you wish to contribute to a future edition, please contact marina@ancomunn.co.uk.

We hope you enjoy it!

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Clàrsach Results

Published: 16 Oct 2020

C1 Clàrsach. Luchd-ionnsachaidh / An Roghainn Fhèin / Introductory. Own Choice

1. Eilidh, Dùn Èideann

2. Oisín, Dùn Èideann

3. Zorka, Dùn Èideann

C2 Clàrsach. A’ chiad ìre. An Roghainn Fhèin / Elementary. Own Choice

1. Hazel, Dùn Èideann

2. Bernadette, Inbhir Theòrsa

3. Eve, Dùn Èideann

C3 Clàrsach. Eadar-mheadhanach. An Roghainn Fhèin / Intermediate. Own Choice

1. Katie, Dùn Èideann

2. Maria, Glaschu

3. Carly-Skye, Inbhir Nis

C4 Clàrsach. Adhartach. An Roghainn Fhèin / Advanced. Own Choice

1. Isabella, Inbhir Nis

2. Xiaotong, Dùn Èideann

3. Andrew, Glaschu

IC Clàrsach – Inbhich / Senior

1. Barbara Brandt

2. Jane Parkinson, Inbhir Nis

3. Robert Ciastko, Alanais

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Thursday Results

Published: 15 Oct 2020

1. ‘Exceptional’ 2. ‘Highly Commended’ 3. ‘Commended’

D1 Dannsa 7-10 Bliadhna / Dancing 7-10 Years

  1. Hazel, Dùn Èideann
  2. Katie Mairead & Niamh, Inbhir Nis

IS3 Seinn Aon-neach. Seann Nòs. Fosgailte / Solo Singing. Traditional. Open

  1. Fionnlagh Iain Mac an Fhùcadair, Obar Dheathain
  2. Saffron Hanvidge, Inbhir Nis
  3. Linn Phipps, Leòdhas

IS4 Seinn Aon-neach. Puirt-à-beul. / Solo Singing. Puirt-à-beul.

  1. Màiri NicGilleMhaoil, Cary, Na Stàitean Aonaichte
  2. Saffron Hanvidge, Inbhir Nis

IS5 Seinn Aon-neach. Roinn Caledonian Mac a’ Bhruthainn. / Solo Singing. Caledonian MacBrayne Category.

  1. Saffron Hanvidge, Inbhir Nis
  2. Lettie Nijhuis, Leeuwarden, An Olaind
  3. Donald Gillies, Na Stàitean Aonaichte

IBA3 Aithris Bàrdachd. Fosgailte. / Poetry Recitation. Open.

  1. Anne Macdonald Coleman, Dùn Omhain
  2. Don Woodall, Dùn Omhain
  3. Frances Rosemary Lynn, Dùn Omhain

IL3 Sgrìobh Bàrdachd / Poetry.

  1. Marcas Mac an Tuairneir, Dùn Èideann
  2. Robbie Macleòid, Dùn Èideann
  3. Tia Thomson, Inbhir Narann

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Mod Final Ceilidh

Published: 15 Oct 2020

Highland Council and Fèis Rois team up

to showcase regional talent in national online concert

Highland Council Gaelic Team has joined forces with Dingwall-based Fèis Rois, to showcase a wealth of talent from across the region as part of this year’s online Royal National Mòd.

Cèilidh na Comhairle, which will be streamed on An Comunn Gàidhealach social media platforms at 9pm on Friday 16th October, has been curated by Fèis Rois and supported by Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

The concert features performances by internationally acclaimed musicians, including Julie Fowlis and Charlie McKerron of Capercaillie fame, as well as former Mòd Gold Medal winners, emerging artists, and young people who have been through Gaelic Medium Education in the Highlands.

Cllr Calum Munro, Chair of The Highland Council Gaelic Committee said, “We are delighted to be supporting the Virtual Mòd. I have been watching the Virtual Mòd online and the quality of the submissions
which also displays the talent of ‘competitors’ of all ages is fantastic. The submissions are excellent and include children’s artwork, Gaelic singing and the playing of all forms of traditional musical instruments.”

He continued, “I’m really looking forward to watching Cèilidh na Comhairle on Friday evening as it will showcase people from across the Highlands who are hugely talented in their playing of traditional music
and Gaelic singing. The Highland Council is also very pleased to be supporting and are looking forward to the traditional Royal National Mòd taking place in Inverness the Capital of the Highlands in 2021. I hope to see you all there”.

Fiona Dalgetty, Chief Executive of Fèis Rois said: “We are delighted to work with colleagues at Highland Council to showcase talented musicians and singers living across all nine Highland Council Community Planning Partnership areas. It has been a joy to bring this concert together and I am very grateful to Bòrd na Gàidhlig for their investment, which has enabled us to support artists at this incredibly difficult time.”

The concert is hosted by Julie Fowlis, who will also perform alongside her husband Eamon Doorley. Julie is joined throughout the evening by a host of superb singers, including Mòd Gold Medallists Raymond Bremner (1999), Eilidh Cormack (2014) and Rachel Walker (2017).

The concert is intergenerational and sees Angus Mackenzie (Dàimh) and his wife Eilidh (Dòchas), perform alongside their children. Fiddle player, Charlie McKerron is also joined by his partner, talented Gaelic singer Sandra Mackay, and their children, Seòras and Cailean.

Multi-instrumentalist Mike Vass represents Nairn in the concert, whilst recent graduates and former Tain Royal Academy pupils Chloe Bryce and Kaitlin Ross represent Easter Ross. Accordionist Megan MacDonald from Lairg, who performs with up and coming band Eabhal, will also take part, and Mid Ross is represented by outstanding guitarist and former Dingwall Academy pupil, Innes White.

Watch the concert online at 9pm on Friday 16th October at www.facebook.com/RoyalNationalMod or on the An Comunn Gàidhealach Facebook page.

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Literature Results

Published: 14 Oct 2020

Toraidhean Litreachas – Òigridh / Literature Results - Junior

L1 Sgrìobhadh Fo Aois 13 / Writing U13

  1. Eve, Dùn Èideann
  2. Hannah, Baile Dhùbhthaich
  3. Lucy, Inbhir Narann

L2 Sgrìobhadh Fo Aois 19 / Writing U19

  1. Elissa, Inbhir Nis
  2. Maria, Glaschu

COU – Òran Ùr / New Song

  1. Niamh, Baile Dhùbhthaich

M1 Fiolm Goirid / Short Film

  1. Clas 7 Bun-sgoil Chille Mhoire
  2. Fionnlagh, Inbhir Nis
  3. Hannah, Baile Dhùbhthaich

Toraidhean Litreachas – Inbhich / Literature Results – Senior

IL3 Bàrdachd / Poetry

  1. Marcas Mac an Tuairneir, Dùn Èideann
  2. Robbie Macleòid, Dun Èideann
  3. Tia Thomson, Inbhir Narann

IL4 Sgrìobhadh / Writing

  1. Joan NicDhòmhnaill, Uibhist a Tuath
  2. Minna Graeber, Lunnainn

IL5 Co-sheirm / Choral Arrangement

Dr Elizabeth Theobald, Dùn Omhain

IL7 Fiolm Goirid / Short Film

  1. Pierre Fuentes, Dùn Èideann

IOU – Òran Ùr / New Song

  1. Marcas Mac an Tuairneir, Dùn Èideann
  2. Caroline Bennet, Pawling, Na Stàitean Aonaichte
  3. Donald Woodall, Dùn Omhain

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Wednesday Results

Published: 14 Oct 2020

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C1 Clàrsach. Luchd-ionnsachaidh / An Roghainn Fhèin / Introductory. Own Choice

  1. Eilidh, Dùn Èideann
  2. Oisín, Dùn Èideann
  3. Zorka, Dùn Èideann

C2 Clàrsach. A’ chiad ìre. An Roghainn Fhèin / Elementary. Own Choice

  1. Hazel, Dùn Èideann
  2. Bernadette, Inbhir Theòrsa
  3. Eve, Dùn Èideann

C3 Clàrsach. Eadar-mheadhanach. An Roghainn Fhèin / Intermediate. Own Choice

  1. Katie, Dùn Èideann
  2. Maria, Glaschu
  3. Carly-Skye, Inbhir Nis

C4 Clàrsach. Adhartach. An Roghainn Fhèin / Advanced. Own Choice

  1. Isabella, Inbhir Nis
  2. Xiaotong, Dùn Èideann
  3. Andrew, Glaschu

IS1 Seinn Aon-neach. Fileanta. An Roghainn Fhèin / Solo Singing Fluent. Own Choice

  1. Saffron Hanvidge, Inbhir Nis
  2. Marina Nicleòid, Glaschu
  3. Lorna Nic an t-Sagairt, Port Rìgh

IS2 Seinn Aon Neach. Luchd-ionnsachaidh. An Roghainn Fhèin / Solo Singing – Learners. Own Choice

  1. Letty Nijhuis, Leeuwarden, An Olaind
  2. Màiri NicGilleMhaoil, Cary, Na Stàitean Aonaichte
  3. Beathag NicLeòid, Dùn Èideann

IBA1 Aithris Bàrdachd. Fosgailte / Poetry Recitation. Open

  1. Ruth Oliver, Glaschu
  2. Anne MacDonald Coleman, Dùn Omhain
  3. Sarah Douglas, Dùn Omhain

IBA2 Sgeulachd. An Roghainn Fhèin / Tell a Story. Own Choice

  1. Liam Ó Caiside, Alexandria, Na Stàitean Aonaichte
  2. Alasdair MacCumhais, Cardross

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Tuesday Results

Published: 14 Oct 2020

Roinnean Òigridh.

1. ‘Sònraichte’ 2. ‘Air leth math’ 3. ‘Ri moladh’

Junior Categories.

1. ‘Exceptional’ 2.‘Highly Commended’ 3. ‘Commended’

(S1) Seinn Aon-neach - Fileanta – Nigheanan Fo aois 13 / Solo Singing Fluent – Girls U13

1. Sophie, Siorrachd Rois

2. Leah, Uibhist

3. Jaime Eve, An t-Òban

(S2) Seinn Aon-neach- Fileanta – Balaich Fo aois 13 / Solo Singing Fluent – Boys U13

1. Seòras Murdaidh Fionnlagh, Glaschu

2. Oisín, Dùn Èideann

3. Coinneach, Leòdhas

(S3) Seinn Aon-neach Fileanta – Nigheanan Fo aois 19 / Solo Singing Fluent – Girls U19

1. Iona-Mairead, Leòdhas

2. Emily, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach

3. Rebecca, Glaschu

(S4) Seinn Aon-neach Fileanta – Balaich Fo aois 19 / Solo Singing Fluent – Boys – U19

1. Ruaraidh, Druim na Drochaid

(S9) Seinn san t-Seann Nòs fo aois 13 / Traditional Singing U13

1. Innes, An t-Òban

2. Sophie, Siorrachd Rois

3. Lily Jane, An Gearastan

(S11) Seinn Aon-neach. Fosgailte / Solo Singing. Open – Caledonian MacBrayne Category)

1. Iona-Mairead, Leòdhas

2. Eoghan, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach

3. Eliza, Loch Abar

(BA3) Bàrdachd Fo aois 13 / Poetry U13

1. Niamh, Baile Dhùbhthaich

2. Seòras Murdaidh Fionnlagh, Glaschu

3. Hannah, Baile Dhùbhthaich

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Monday Results

Published: 12 Oct 2020

Roinnean òigridh.

1. ‘Sònraichte’ 2. ‘Air leth math’ 3. ‘Ri moladh’

Junior categories

1. ‘Exceptional’ 2. ‘Highly Commended’ 3. ‘Commended’

S5 Seinn Aon-neach. Nigheanan. Luchd-ionnsachaidh fo aois 13 / Solo Singing Girls. Learners U13

1. Aimee, Leòdhas

2. Cara, An t-Òban

3. Megan, Muile

S6 Seinn Aon-neach. Balaich. Luchd-ionnsachaidh fo aois 13 / Solo Singing Boys Learners U13

1. Finlay, An t-Òban

2. Innes, An t-Òban

3. Lyam, An t-Òban

S7 Seinn Aon-neach. Nigheanan. Luchd-ionnsachaidh fo aois 19 / Solo Singing Girls. Learners U19

1. Holly, Muile

2. Kirsty, Leòdhas

3. Rhona, Ceann Loch Gilb

S8 Seinn Aon-neach. Balaich. Luchd-ionnsachaidh fo aois 19 / Solo Singing Boys Learners U19

1. Archie, A’ Mhorbhairne

S10 Seinn san t-Seann Nòs. Fosgailte. Fo aois 19 / Traditional Singing. Open. U19

1. Kirsty, Leòdhas

2. Isla, Na Hearadh

3. Elinor, Seattle, Na Stàitean Aonaichte

BA1 Innse-sgeulachdan. Fosgailte Fo aois 13 / Storytelling. Open U13

1. Finlay, Glaschu

2. Jonathan, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach

3. Shonnie, Uibhist

BA5 Bàrdachd Luchd-ionnsachaidh Fo aois 13 / Poetry Learners U13

1. Megan, Muile

2. Hannah, Muile

3. Jack, An t-Òban

BA6 Bàrdachd Luchd-ionnsachaidh Fo aois 19 / Poetry Learners U19

1. Rachel, A’ Mhorbhairne

M1 Fiolm Goirid / Vloga – Fosgailte - Òigridh

1. Clas 7 Bun-sgoil Chille Mhoire

2. Fionnlagh, Inbhir Nis

3. Hannah, Baile Dhùbhthaich

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Instrumental Results

Published: 12 Oct 2020

Roinnean nan ionnsramaidean fo aois 13.

1. ‘Sònraichte’ 2. ‘Air leth math’ 3. ‘Ri moladh’

Instrumental categories Under 13.

1. ‘Exceptional’ 2. ‘Highly Commended’ 3. ‘Commended’

(B1) Bogsa CSR fo Aois 13 / Accordion MSR U13

1. Jake, Biggar

2. Eilidh, Inbhir Nis

3. Lauren, Leòdhas

(F1) Fidheall fo aois 13 / Fiddle U13

1. Seonaidh, Barraigh

2. Alice, Steòrnabhagh

3. Eliza, An Gearastan

(P1) Pìana fo aois 13 / Piano U13

1. Grace, Inbhir Nis

2. Hazel, Dùn Èideann

(PB1) Feadan – neach-ionnsachaidh. Fosgailte / Chanter – novices. Open

1. Dòmhnall Eachann, Barraigh

2. Iain, Inbhir Nis

3. Ronnie, Inbhir Nis

(PB3) Pìob – CSR fo aois 13 / Bagpipes MSR U13

1. Archie, An t-Òban

2. Magnus, Massachusetts, Na Stàitean Aonaichte

3. Grace, Inbhir Nis

(PB5) Pìob – fo aois 13 / Bagpipes U13

1. Grace, Inbhir Nis

2. Charlie, Inbhir Nis

3. Archie, An t-Òban

(PB8) Pìobaireachd fo aois 13 / Bagpipes U13

1. Magnus, Massachusetts, Na Stàitean Aonaichte

2. Archie, Muile

3. Charlie, Inbhir Nis

Roinnean nan ionnsramaidean fo aois 19 & Fosgailte.

1. ‘Sònraichte’ 2. ‘Air leth math’ 3. ‘Ri moladh’

Instrumental categories Under 19 & Fosgailte.

1. ‘Exceptional’ 2. ‘Highly Commended’ 3. ‘Commended’

(B2) Bogsa CSR fo aois 19 / Accordion MSR U19

1. Archie, Drochaid Ailein

2. Calum, An t-Òban

3. Darroch, Dùn Phris

(B3) Bogsa fo aois 19 / Accordion U19

1. Archie, Drochaid Ailein

2. Kyle, Dùn Phris

3. Darroch, Dùn Phris

(F2) Fidheall fo aois 19 / Fiddle U19

1. Kathleen, Am Ploc

2. Flora, Seattle, Na Stàitean Aonaichte

3. Rachel, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach

(IB2) Bogsa – Bhalsaichean Gàidhlig Fosgailte / Accordion Gaelic Waltz Open

1. Graham MacIllinnein, Steòrnabhagh

2. Barbara Brandt, Dùn Èideann

(P2) Pìana fo aois 19 / Piano U19

1. Rae,Glaschu

(PB4) Pìob CSR fo aois 19 / Bagpipes MSR U19

1. Ruaraidh, Druim na Drochaid

2. Hector, An Caol

3. Calum, Inbhir Nis

(PB6) Pìob fo aois 19 / Bagpipes U19

1. Ruaraidh, Druim na Drochaid

2. Laura, An Gearastan

3. Logie, An t-Òban

(PB9) Pìobaireachd fo aois 19 / Bagpipes U19

1. Hector, An Caol

2. Ruaraidh, Druim na Drochaid

3. Calum, Inbhir Nis

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Monday @ the Virtual Mod

Published: 12 Oct 2020

Good morning, here is what we have in store for you at the Virtual Mod today!

Tune in on the Royal National Mod Facebook page, the An Comunn Gaidhealach YouTube page or here on our website.

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Gaelic Church Service

Published: 11 Oct 2020

​Tune in at 9am and 3pm for the Virtual Mod Gaelic Church Service.

https://www.facebook.com/radionangaidheal/videos/690702411802925/

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What’s on today @ the Virtual Mod

Published: 10 Oct 2020

​​​Prògram a’ Mhòid / Mod Programme:

https://www.ancomunn.co.uk/i…/uploads/Program_Mod_2020_1.pdf

All our events will be broadcast via:

Royal National Mod Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RoyalNationalMod

ACG Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs4-a-mCvJTll8LO8ErbB4A

ACG website: www.ancomunn.co.uk

#VirtualMod

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Gaelic Ambassador to Continue until 2021

Published: 09 Oct 2020

​Alasdair Whyte was named as Gaelic Ambassador of the Year at the Royal National Mod in Glasgow in 2019, where he was presented with his award by Deputy First Minister, and Cabinet Education Secretary, John Swinney.

In 2008 the Scottish Government invited An Comunn Gàidhealach to nominate someone who, in view of their outstanding work for Gaelic, was worthy of recognition as Gaelic Ambassador of the Year. Government officials arranged the sourcing of an appropriate award from a local artisan in the Falkirk area, where the Royal National Mod was taking place that year, and the honour was presented to Gaelic singing star Julie Fowlis. An Comunn is delighted that the Scottish Government decided to continue awarding this annual honour, and that an award has been presented to the Gaelic Ambassador of the Year at each Royal National Mod since then.

As a result of the unique situation facing us this year we had to consider how best to proceed. Although Alasdair has done sterling work in supporting An Comunn since his personal award was presented to him, he has not been able to fulfil everything he had planned and we are extremely pleased to announce that we have now agreed with Alasdair that he will continue his role as Gaelic Ambassador until October 2021.

An Comunn President, Allan Campbell said, “We are delighted that Alasdair is willing to continue in his role and with his responsibilities as Gaelic Ambassador with us for another year, and we very much look forward to seeing all that he plans to achieve over the coming year.”

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Virtual Mod Programme Launched!

Published: 02 Oct 2020

We are pleased to bring you the Virtual Royal National Mod Programme! Have a peek and be sure to join us between the 9-17th October.

Virtual Royal National Mod Programme

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ACG Newsletter - September

Published: 01 Oct 2020

​The September issue of the An Comunn Gaidhealach newsletter is now available to view here.

Should you wish to contribute to a future edition, please contact marina@ancomunn.co.uk.

We hope you enjoy it!

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An Comunn Newsletter - August

Published: 31 Aug 2020

This month’s newsletter is now available to view here.

We hope you enjoy it!

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Gaelic poets Sandy NicDhòmhnaill Jones and Meg Bateman in conversation TOMORROW!

Published: 17 Aug 2020

​​Gaelic poets Sandy NicDhòmhnaill Jones and Meg Bateman in conversation about their work at this online event TOMORROW!

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sandaidh-nicdhomhnaill-jones-agus-meg-bateman-ann-an-comhradh-tickets-115958359575?fbclid=IwAR3ndTKY4CHyvbHTl86CTmZxxCMs2x1gtzrSmposY_OxXT3SdG6LZKGkyDA

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Virtual Mod Deadline THIS FRIDAY!

Published: 17 Aug 2020

​Have you recorded your videos for the Virtual Royal National Mod yet? Go on, it has never been so easy to enter!

You can use your mobile phones, ipads, laptops or whatever to record your performance and then just upload via the An Comunn website. That’s it!

Click on the link below for a full list of categories for the Virtual Mod:

https://www.ancomunn.co.uk/images/uploads/Virtual_Mod_Syllabus_July_31.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1W6kIPkSZTipAEGoe4ONnKN5Wr4OLgXoYVulqhvkzFMvSl1vdvSanjxrM

⭐️Deadline: Friday 21st August ⭐️

#VirtualMod #ancomunngàidhealach #ammòdnàiseantarìoghail #gàidhlig #gaelic #cleachdiaigantaigh

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ACG Newsletter - July 2020

Published: 31 Jul 2020

​Please click here to view the latest edition of the An Comunn Gaidhealach newsletter.

We hope you enjoy it!

To contribute to the newsletter or for further information, please contact marina@ancomunn.co.uk

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Zoom Event for Teens!

Published: 23 Jul 2020

Place-names: Scotland’s Gaelic story

Gaelic was once the main language of Scotland. No other source tells us more about Scotland’s Gaelic story than our country’s place-names. Join Dr Alasdair C. Whyte (University of Glasgow Research Fellow & Gaelic Ambassador of the Year 2019) and learn about the first Gaelic place-names recorded in Scotland, how Gaelic came to be spoken in almost every corner of the country and about the various other things that place-names can tell us, if we look at them closely enough. The event will take place online via Zoom for Gaelic speaking teenagers. To register your place, book here: https://tinyurl.com/y5tbvstb

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ACG Newsletter - June 2020

Published: 02 Jul 2020

​Please click here to view the latest edition of the An Comunn Gaidhealach newsletter.

We hope you enjoy it!

To contribute to the newsletter or for further information, please contact marina@ancomunn.co.uk

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Interview with John Joe Macneil

Published: 02 Jul 2020

Tell us about yourself?

My name is John Joe MacNeil, I’m from Barra originally although I am currently living in Edinburgh. I work at Edinburgh University as a. I also run the MA in Primary Education with Gaelic.

How has lockdown been?

I must say, I have enjoyed it to an extent. Although there are some days where I feel a bit lonely and just want to jump on a plane to Barra! I am keeping busy though. As well as my work, I am also broadcasting a radio programme on Celtic Music Radio again, something I used to do as a student in Glasgow. I have also been learning some new skills in technology, broadcasting live from my flat, using various machines. I have been working on various music projects, busy with choral arrangements as well as singing and playing the piano at home. I moved to Edinburgh in September and one room is full of boxes so I have been working on emptying these and going through old photos, books and CDs. The charity shops will be busy with all they will be getting from me after this!

What have you missed most?

Well, this is an easy question to answer. I have missed my family and friends, returning home to Barra and getting together with friends for a bit of craic.

Have you enjoyed being involved in Taigh Cèilidh a’ Mhòid?

I have thoroughly enjoyed it. What an wealth of singers we have heard from. I love hearing the songs and all about the memories the singers share with us from the time they won their Medals. It is also great to hear performances from those who are no longer with us, this is a precious gift they have given to us.

There is a lot of work involved in the live ceilidhs, you are obviously a bit of a tech guru, is it complicated?

Had you asked me that question when we first started doing the ceilidhs, I would have said it was very complicated, I think it was giving us all grey hair at the beginning! However, now that we are more used to it and have a better idea of
what it involves, it is much easier. Not only is the structure of the ceilidhs easier but I feel more familiar with all the technology involved as well and what difficulties may arise. The An Comunn staff contact the singers initially, to invite them to come and sing on the Cèilidh, to find out a little bit about themselves and about the songs they have chosen to sing. That information is then passed on to me so that I can prepare a script for the evening and make some notes so that I know a little about the singers, if I am not familiar with them already or the songs they have chosen. That is all just to make sure everything runs smoothly. It’s always the same questions we ask them, so we can find out a bit about them now and about their memories from when they won their medals. We also want to make sure that there is a good bit of craic about the evening! I’d like to say a very big thank you to Alex and Anna, who run all the technology behind the scenes and pull everything together. We’d be in trouble if all of that was left to me! We want people to get the feeling that they are at an actual traditional ceilidh. We have a fantastic team working on this and we are looking forward to the next one.

Do you still perform as a solo artist?

I occasionally sing now and again. I love singing and have been trying to learn new songs during lockdown. I have a very long list of songs which I have been planning to learn for years and have been trying to learn some of these.

Do you prefer being in front of or behind the camara lens?

I enjoy both. I enjoy learning all the different skills in working on the technology behind the scenes but on the other hand, I do enjoy being in front of the camera delivering a programme. I think I will go for in front of the camera.

What do you prefer, singing solo or in a Choir?

I do enjoy singing solo. Although I get nervous, I enjoy singing and telling the story of the poetry but I also love singing in a Choir. I love all the choral arrangements and how the choral arrangements help to tell the story of the
song. For that reason, I will go with singing in a Choir.

If you had the choice to sing with anyone on stage, who would it be?

If I had the choice, I would have loved to have sung with my Grandfather. His voice and his style of singing was just wonderful and I would love to, not only sing on a stage with him, but to also spend time with him, remembering all these different styles and the things he taught me when I was young and have now, to an extent, forgotten.

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A’ Chailleach - talk by Dr Alasdair Whyte

Published: 17 Jun 2020

Place-names, lore & song from Muile/Mull (online event) The Cailleach is a legendary figure in Gaelic culture. Localised versions of her are known across the Gàidhealtachd: to some in Earra-Ghàidheal/Argyll she is A’ Chailleach Bheur but to others she is Cailleach Beinn a’ Bhric or Cailleach
Mhòr Chlìbhric, to name but a few.

Join Dr Alasdair C. Whyte (University of Glasgow & Gaelic Ambassador of the Year 2019) as he shares place-names, lore and song associated with The Cailleach from his own area and beyond.

This talk is free and is suitable for Gaelic speakers and learners of the language, although a basic understanding of the language would be advantageous.

The event will take place online via Zoom. To register your place, book here: https://tinyurl.com/y8w8ar74

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Taigh Cèilidh a’ Mhòid #2!

Published: 05 Jun 2020

​We have some fantastic news for you! Following the success of our Taigh Cèilidh event last month, we are delighted to announce that we will be bringing the second live concert of the series next week!

The second Taigh Cèilidh a’ Mhòid event will take place on Thursday 11 June at 8.30pm and will feature Traditional Mod Gold Medallists from the 90s.

We are delighted that we will have John Joe MacNeill back as MC for the evening.

So be sure to tune in live to the Royal National Mod Facebook page on the 11th – chì sinn ann sibh!

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ACG Newsletter - May 2020

Published: 29 May 2020

​The May issue of the An Comunn Gàidhealach newsletter is now available to view here.

We hope you enjoy it!

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April Newsletter

Published: 30 Apr 2020

​You can view this month’s issue of the An Comunn Gàidhealach newsletter here.

We hope you enjoy!

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Thanks to our Key Workers!

Published: 21 Apr 2020

We hope you are all safe and well and staying at home!

While many of us are at home under the lockdown, we are so fortunate that there are still so many key workers who are working harder than ever to protect us all. That includes all NHS workers, care home workers, retail workers, Royal Mail and other delivery workers, lorry drivers who are busy transporting food and NHS supplies and all the other key workers who are working hard to ensure we are safe and comfortable at home and we would like to say a very big thank you to each and every one of them.

There are already numerous messages and videos circulating social media thanking the key workers and rightly so. We would like to do the same using our page, but completely in Gaelic. So we would love it if you could post a short video onto this page with a message of thanks, using #gaisgichcorona. You can do it individually, as a family, using music or whatever!

You can thank someone in particular such as a family member or friend who may work in the NHS, in a supermarket etc. or just a message of thanks to all key workers in general – all messages are appreciated. Let’s show our appreciation to all our fantastic key workers.

Tapadh leibh!

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Support for Musicians during COVID-19

Published: 02 Apr 2020

Click on the following link for some useful information for traditional musicians, compiled by the Traditional Music Forum.

https://tracscotland.org/news-post/newsid/22289-coronavirus-covid-19-useful-resources-for-traditional-musicians/?fbclid=IwAR3lhskGucuCc3SNLsAOhgjPAYX0PZYV6NZqtTGQ1-BHivVn7ZxctCP_iRA

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New Chief Exec Starts at ACG

Published: 01 Apr 2020

​James Graham has today taken up post of Chief Executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach.

We as a team would like to warmly welcome James to the post and wish him many years of success and happiness at the helm of the organisation.

We would also like to thank John Morrison once again for all his hard work and dedication to the organisation and to the Gaelic language over the years. We wish him all the best in his retirement.

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March Newsletter

Published: 31 Mar 2020

​Please click here to view this month’s newsletter.

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Offices Closed

Published: 23 Mar 2020

Both our offices are now closed and all members of staff are working from home.

Should you wish to contact us, please email us using the contact details here.

Keep an eye on our social media pages for any updates and information.

We hope you are all well, please take care and stay safe. ​

From all An Comunn Gàidhealach.

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Coronavirus

Published: 16 Mar 2020

Important information regarding the Coronavirus.

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An Comunn Gàidhealach AGM

Published: 13 Mar 2020

The An Comunn Gàidhealach AGM will take place this Friday in the Town Hall, Inverness at 6.3pm. All members welcome.

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Lochaber Branch Ceilidh

Published: 09 Mar 2020

**CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK**

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Edinburgh Harp Festival CANCELLED

Published: 05 Mar 2020

​Unfortunately this year’s Edinburgh International Harp Festival has been cancelled.

“It is with deep regret (due to circumstances beyond our control) that we announce that the 2020 Edinburgh International Harp Festival has been cancelled, by Merchiston Castle School, following their concerns about the COVID-19 virus.

Our administration team will begin contacting ticket holders, for all our events, tomorrow. We ask you kindly for your patience in this.

If you have booked accommodation at Merchiston, please email the school’s events team on events@merchiston.co.uk

We are deeply saddened that we won’t see you this year, but rest assured, we will be back!

Keep harping,
The Edinburgh International Harp Festival”

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Ceòlas Gaelic Song Competition

Published: 05 Mar 2020

​Here is some information regarding a Gaelic song competition that Ceòlas is running to commemmorate our 25th summer school this year.

The cash prize is £250 and submissions close on 1 May, 2020. We’re looking for a happy song which could then be taught at the summer school in July.

We’re looking to circulate this to anyone who might be interested in submitting a song to the competition. More informations is available on the website: https://www.ceolas.co.uk/2020/01/21/gaelic-song-competition/

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An Comunn AGM 2020

Published: 04 Mar 2020

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on 13/03/20 in Inverness.

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February Newsletter

Published: 28 Feb 2020

​You can now view this month’s newsletter via the link below. We hope you enjoy reading it!

Cuairt-litir_a_Chomuinn_Gearran_2020.pdf

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Edinburgh International Harp Festival 2020

Published: 19 Feb 2020

​This year’s Edinburgh International Harp Festival takes place between the 3rd and 8th April.

Further details are available here.

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An Comunn AGM 2020

Published: 15 Feb 2020

​The An Comunn Gàidhealach Annual General Meeting will take place on Friday 13th March at 6.30pm, in the Town House, Inverness.

All members of An Comunn Gàidhealach are invited to attend.

For further information please contact 01463 709 705.

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Provincial Mods 2020

Published: 13 Feb 2020

​A list of all the dates for this year’s Provincial Mods can be found via the following link:

https://www.ancomunn.co.uk/localmods/dates

Each provincial Mod has its own dedicated page on the website to enable Committees to promote their Mod and to advertise any events taking place and so on. Please click here to access these pages.

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​An Comunn Gaidhealach names new Chief Executive

Published: 05 Feb 2020

An Comunn Gaidhealach has announced that James Graham, originally from Lochinver, will be the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer when John Morrison retires at the end of March following over twelve years in that post.

The considerable wide experience James has acquired in the decade since 2010 employed as An Comunn’s Mod Manager, tackling the varied management and delivery challenges of National Mods as well as Provincial events, will be of considerable benefit to him in his new post.

James said. “It is a very great honour to be taking over in this post and I am very much looking forward to maintaining the outstanding work which John Morrison established, but I recognise this will be challenging. My ambition will be to strive to develop and strengthen the organisation further in the future. As a participant in Provincial and National Mods since boyhood and through my management work over the past decade, I have become increasingly aware that the Mod is a foundation for Gaelic culture and its arts. This job will bring challenges, but I look forward to the unqualified support of my colleagues, and our Board Members, in taking the organisation forward.”

An Comunn President, Allan Campbell, said. “We congratulate James, and welcome him to this important job, and we wish him every success in the post! At the same time, we extend our warmest good wishes for a long and happy retirement to John Morrison, when he will stand down from the post at the end of March.”

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ACG Newsletter - January 2020

Published: 30 Jan 2020

The January issue of the newsletter is now available to read here.

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Changes to Prescribed Pieces for Mod 2020

Published: 30 Jan 2020

Please be aware of amendments to the following prescribed pieces for this year’s Royal National Mod. Any further amendments will be posted here.

  • A308 ‘Tha bainne aig na caoraich uile’: ‘chruinn’ should be “chruim”, throughout.
  • A308 ‘Bodachan a’ Ghàrraidh’: bars 42/44/46- should be ‘aige’ not ‘aice’.
  • A308 ‘Bodachan a’ Ghàrraidh’: bar 43-bass second note should be a D rather than an E (doh rather than a ray)
  • A306 ‘Beinn Eadarra’-bar 24/26-in the soprano line, bar 26 should be the same as bar 24.
  • C44(i) Chì mi’ n toman-Verse 3, line 2, should read: “gu bean-taighe an fhuilt-bhàin”
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    EventScotland’s Year of Coastal Waters 2020

    Published: 29 Jan 2020

    We are delighted to be a part of the exciting line-up of events celebrating Scotland’s Year of Coastal Waters. Keep an eye out for updates on what we have planned for #YCW2020 this year.

    Check out www.visitscotland.com/ycw2020 for more information on the different events taking place throughout the year.

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    FeisTV @ the Mod

    Published: 29 Jan 2020

    ​Still suffering from Mòd Ghlaschu blues? Well here’s a reminder of what was going on during that fantastic week!

    https://www.youtube.com/user/feiseannangaidheal/videos

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    Watch John Macleod Memorial Lecture live on Facebook!

    Published: 29 Jan 2020

    ​Good news! The John MacLeod Memorial Lecture, delivered by Dr Alasdair Whyte, will be available to watch live on An Comunn’s Gàidhealach’s Facebook page. Tune in from 7pm tomorrow night!

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    John Macleod Memorial Lecture this Thursday

    Published: 27 Jan 2020

    ​Come along to hear the John MacLeod Memorial Lecture, delivered by Dr Alasdair Whyte, on Thursday 30th January in Edinburgh.

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    Cèilidh in Oban!

    Published: 24 Jan 2020

    Comunn Gàidhealach an Òbain are holding a Cèilidh on the 1st of February - be sure to go along!

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    Soup & Pudding in Inverness

    Published: 15 Jan 2020

    The next soup and pudding event will be on SATURDAY 25 JANUARY 2020 at the Old High Church Halls, Academy Street, Inverness.

    We hope that you will be there!

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    The John MacLeod Memorial Lecture

    Published: 10 Jan 2020

    The second annual John Macleod Memorial Lecture, organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach and supported by the Department of Celtic and Scottish Studies of the University of Edinburgh, will take place on Thursday 30 January 2020, in The Project Room, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh, EH8 9LH, 19.00-21.30pm.

    In recognition of John’s enthusiasm and encouragement of young people in the Gaelic community it is appropriate that the second address will be delivered by Dr Alasdair Whyte (Tosgaire na Gàidhlig 2019 – Gaelic Ambassador of the Year 2019).

    We shall gather at the University where Professor William J Watson resided for over 20 years. It is fitting that the Memorial Address in 2020 will focus upon “fèin-aithne agus fèin-misneachd nan Gaidheal”. This subject allows Alasdair to weave his academic background into the subject of identity and self-esteem. Placenames help us to understand our identity, and Alasdair is a leading authority on the Gaelic placenames of Scotland.

    Ninety four years have passed since The Celtic Place-names of Scotland was first published. Almost one century later we gather, at the University of Edinburgh, to listen to an address by a new authority on Celtic Placenames, which seeks to
    help us understand our identity. Professor Watson would have approved.

    Dr Alasdair Whyte said: It is a real honour to be invited to present this year’s John MacLeod Memorial Lecture. It was through local and national Mòds that I first came to know John, and his dedication to Gaelic and promotion of Gaelic identity was an example to me. The age of globalisation has devalued the local across the world but with it comes opportunity. Through innovation and new technology, we can lead from the front in celebrating and advancing our own rich language and culture, as John did.

    Allan Campbell, President of An Comunn Gàidhealach, said, “We very much look forward to welcoming Dr Alasdair Whyte to deliver the second John Macleod Memorial Lecture. Alasdair is a young man whose commitment to Gaelic has already brought him much success including winning the An Comunn Gàidhealach Gold Medal at the 2006 Royal National Mod in Dunoon; a First-class Honours Degree in Gaelic, followed by a PhD; and named the Scottish Government’s Gaelic Ambassador of the Year at the 2019 Royal National Mod in Glasgow. Alasdair inherited his love of singing and his musical talent from his family of noted musicians from Morvern”

    Prof. Rob Dunbar, Departnment of Celtic and Scottish Studies of the University of Edinburgh, said: “We are delighted and indeed, deeply honoured to host the second John Macleod Memorial Lecture. John was a tireless and principled campaigner for the language and contributed greatly to the Gaelic community both nationally and here in Edinburgh. It will be a pleasure to welcome Dr Alasdair Whyte to the University. Alasdair was this year’s recipient of the Scottish Government’s Gaelic Ambassador of the Year award at Glasgow’s Royal National Mod in October. His continued commitment to progressing Gaelic language and heritage make him an excellent role model and a most appropriate lecturer.”

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    Old New Year Cèilidh, Oban

    Published: 09 Jan 2020

    The Comunn Gàidhealach an Òbain Old New Year Ceilidh takes place on Saturday 11th January 2020 from 7.30pm in the Masonic Hall, Albany Street, Oban.


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    John Macleod Memorial Lecture

    Published: 19 Dec 2019

    ​This year’s lecture will take place on Thursday 30 January at the University of Edinburgh.

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    Old New Year Ceilidh, Inverness

    Published: 19 Dec 2019

    Old New Year Ceilidh Dance, Saturday 11th January, Inverness.

    For tickets please click here.

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    Remembering Ian McCrorie MBE

    Published: 19 Dec 2019

    Ian McCrorie MBE

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    Soup & Pudding in Inverness

    Published: 11 Dec 2019

    Soup & Pudding Lunch, this Saturday, Inverness!

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    VACANCY: Chief Executive Officer

    Published: 22 Nov 2019

    We are currently looking to recruit a Chief Executive Officer.

    To apply:

    Applications in the form of a CV, and accompanying letter highlighting your skills and knowledge relevant to the post, should be submitted by midnight on Monday 16 December. (Address Below)

    Page Executive acts as an employment agency for permanent recruitment and an employment business for the supply of temporary workers. Page Executive is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

    Address:

    Bill Guthrie

    Associate Partner

    Page Executive Scotland

    180 West George Street

    Glasgow, G2 2NR

    T: +44 141 331 7964

    M: +44 790 021 4954

    E: billguthrie@pageexecutive.com

    W: www.pageexecutive.com

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    An Comunn Gàidhealach thanks departing CEO

    Published: 22 Nov 2019

    ​An Comunn Gàidhealach wishes to announce that John Morrison, who has been the Chief Executive Officer for the last twelve years, is due to retire at the end of March 2020.

    John Morrison said, “It has been a privilege to contribute to the promotion, and the development, of Gaelic through the Royal National Mod and the network of Provincial Mods over the years. I took up this role in 2008 and I have been extremely fortunate to work with such supportive people, including staff, Directors and Members of An Comunn Gàidhealach. I am certain that we have repositioned An Comunn Gàidhealach over the last decade, and we have also strengthened the structures that underpin the organisation. However, we have not yet managed to establish secure public funding support for the Royal National Mod, the main annual event in the Gaelic calendar, and that will be a challenge for my successor. I will offer every support to that person. ”

    The President of An Comunn Gàidhealach Allan Campbell said, “ I, and the other Directors of An Comunn Gàidhealach, are indebted to John for his professional service over the past twelve years, at the helm of An Comunn Gàidhealach, and for all the commendable improvements he brought to the organisation over that period. Without a doubt, John is leaving the organisation in robust condition for the new Chief Executive. Working with John over the years has been a real pleasure for me, both as a Director and since 2017 as President. We wish John a long and happy retirement, when he eventually manages to leave!”

    The post of Chief Executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach will now be advertised. For further information please contact: An Comunn Gàidhealach, 01463 709705.

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    2019 Trophies

    Published: 15 Jul 2019

    Congratulations to everyone who won trophies at this year’s Mod. Please remember to have those trophies returned to either our Inverness or Stornoway offices, before 31st July 2020. Failure to do so will result in a £30 administration fee..

    trophies
    trophies

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    Geallan-dùbhlain rin tilleadh

    Published: 15 Jul 2019

    Please remember to return all your National Mòd trophies before the end of this month. You can return your trophies to either our Inverness or Stornoway offices, or in Glasgow with Comhairle nan Leabhraichean.

    trophies
    trophies

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    Mòd Development Graduate

    Published: 08 Jul 2019

    We currently have an excellent opportunity for a 12-month graduate placement to upgrade existing systems to increase efficiency, and to develop an online marketing strategy to attract a wider audience and increase membership.

    The placement will be located either in the Stornoway or Inverness office, depending on the graduate’s personal circumstances.

    Salary: £24,799 per annum

    For more information please visit: https://tinyurl.com/y2k6co3m

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    New Deadline for Submitting Entries For This Year’s Royal National Mòd

    Published: 02 Jul 2019

    Competitors now have the opportunity to make their entries for this year’s National Mòd up until the 5th of July 2019.

    https://enter.ancomunn.co.uk/

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    Changes to prescribed pieces for Mod Ghlaschu 2019

    Published: 13 May 2019

    You can view changes and amendments to this year’s prescribed pieces below.
    If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Màiri Macleod at mairi@ancomunn.co.uk

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    Welcome to New Board Director

    Published: 20 Feb 2019

    Following our AGM, which was held in the beautifully refurbished Town Hall in Inverness, An Comunn Gàidhealach are pleased to welcome Eilidh NicIain to our Board of Directors.

    Eilidh belongs to North Uist and has worked on the mainland,mostly with Bòrd na Gàidhlig, until she recently returned to North Uist where she is now employed by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

    We at An Comunn Gàidhealach look forward to having Eilidh bring her ideas and skills to the work of our Board in the future.

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    Soup & Pudding in Inverness

    Published: 07 Nov 2018

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    October Newsletter

    Published: 02 Nov 2018

    ​Take a look at this month’s newsletter for Mòd information & pics and news about different events happening in the Gaelic world…

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    Area Choirs Prize-winners

    Published: 24 Oct 2018

    The winner of this years Margrat Duncan Memorial Trophy is Stirling Gaelic Choir and the Lovat and Tullibardine Sheild is Lothian Gaelic Choir. Congratulations to both choirs!

    You can view photos from this year’s Royal National Mod on Graham Hood’s website.

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    Rural Choirs Prize-winners

    Published: 24 Oct 2018

    This year’s Lorne Shield was won by Melvich Gaelic Choir. The Sheriff MaMaster Campbell Memorial Trophy was won by Bùrach - congratulations to both choirs!

    Photographs can be viewed here: http://www.grahamhoodphotography.com/proofing/royal-national-mod-thursday-18th-october-2018/gallery​

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    Traditional Gold Medal Winners 2018

    Published: 19 Oct 2018

    Steaphanaidh Campbell and Kieran Joseph Macinnes are this year’s winners of this year’s Traditional Gold Medal. Congratulations!

    You can view the official Mod photographs from Thursday’s and Friday’s competitions here:

    Diardaoin 18 Dàmhair - Thursday 18 October

    Dihaoine 19 Dàmhair - Friday 19 October

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    Gaelic Learner of the Year 2018

    Published: 18 Oct 2018

    Gaelic Learner of the Year 2018: Izzy Flower

    Originally from Dunbar, Izzy is a student at the University of Glasgow who has recently spent a year studying Gaelic at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. She always had a keen interest in languages, but it was only in her final year in James Gillespies High School that she got the opportunity to learn Gaelic. Since then Izzy has done incredibly well, achieving fluency in Gaelic and is full of enthusiasm for the language and all that it entails. Congratulations, Izzy!

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    Gold Medallists 2018

    Published: 18 Oct 2018

    Ruairidh Cormack, Portree and Ceitidh Campbell, Inverness - winners of this year’s An Comunn Gàidhealach Gold Medal - Congratulations!

    Please click on the following link to view photographs from Wednesday’s competitions:

    http://www.grahamhoodphotography.com/proofing/royal-national-mod-2018-wednesday-17th-october?fbclid=IwAR0luncedcKU-d4rYSFL54dF_GLSfezyTREEDfr9iiIgp1eS3gIXaDARX-Q

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    Silver Pendant Winners 2018

    Published: 18 Oct 2018

    Eileen Duncan, Tongue and Mikie Henderson, Keiss, winners of this year’s Silver Pendant. Many congratulations!

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    Official Mod Photographs

    Published: 17 Oct 2018

    Click on the link below to view this year’s official Mod photographs:

    www.grahamhoodphotography.com

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    Competition Results

    Published: 17 Oct 2018

    Keep up with the results through our website.

    http://enter.ancomunn.co.uk/competitions/winners/event_id:7

    #Mòd2018 #YOYP2018

    Comharran

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    Data Protection & Privacy Policy

    Published: 25 May 2018

    ​We have updated our Data Protection & Privacy Policy. Please click here to view the updated copy.

    Questions, comments and requests regarding this privacy policy are welcomed and should be addressed to:

    John Morrison
    Chief Executive- An Comunn Gàidhealach
    Balnain House
    40 Huntly Street
    Inverness
    IV3 5HR

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    ​Mourning a true Gael!

    Published: 05 Jan 2018

    We lost a true Gael very suddenly on Thursday 4th January, and the death of John MacLeod, at just 66 years of age, is an enormous blow and his diligence and commitment to the Gaelic language and culture will be greatly missed.

    However our first thoughts and condolences are with the close family which is left behind and where his widow Christine, son Calum, daughter Mairi and her husband Kevin, and John’s sisters and all their families, must attempt to adjust to this tragic loss in their midst. We wish them strength and solace.

    John was an active supporter of Gaelic over many years, but when he retired from his post with Lothian and Borders Police in 2000 his involvement with Gaelic development increased dramatically. Among the many initiatives in which he engaged John was also Chairman of the National Gaelic Parents Association, a board member of Comunn na Gàidhlig, a member of Bòrd na Gàidhlig, and a board member of An Comunn Gàidhealach where he also served as President for ten years. When John stood down from that position at the Comunn Gaidhealach Annual General Meeting in early 2017 he described his term of office as an honour, and he said he was proud that the organisation was “in a strong position to support the development of our wonderful language; music and culture in the years to come.”

    On behalf of An Comunn Gaidhealach I wish to re-state our appreciation and thanks for all that John did for this organisation and for Gaelic in general, and we were immensely proud that his enormous commitment was publicly acknowledged when he was awarded the honour of Sàr Ghàidheal (True Gael) at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s annual graduation ceremony in autumn 2017.

    For me personally it was a privilege to have known John over nearly the past twenty five years, I wish eternal peace to a champion!

    We understand that many will be looking for information regarding funeral service arrangements and we will publish this information as soon as we receive details from the family.

    Allan Campbell

    President – An Comunn Gaidhealach

    I am very grateful to Professor Dòmhnall Meek for giving me the permission to share the poignant words he wrote when he heard of John’s death:

    IAIN MACLEÒID
    Nach maireann

    Thàinig naidheachd sa mhadainn
    A thug bròn orm is smalan
    Gun do leagadh an gaisgeach MacLeòid.

    Mar chraobh chinnteach na daraich,
    Sheas e làidir is daingeann
    A’ toirt dùbhlan don ghaillinn ‘s e beò.

    Fo gheugan bha fasgadh
    Do gach neach a bha labhairt
    Ann an cànan nan Gàidheal mar an còir;

    Gu socrach ‘s gu gasda,
    Anns an sgoil is an dachaigh,
    Bheireadh Iain dhaibh taic agus treòir.

    Ann an sràid a’ phrìomh bhaile
    Bha a’ Ghàidhlig fo aire,
    ‘S e cur loinn agus mais’ air a seòl.

    Mar cheannard bha snas air,
    Gun àrdan, gun charachd,
    Ach gu h-iriosal, tapaidh na dhòigh.

    Gun fhiosda leagadh an darag
    Le buille tuaighe bha aithghearr,
    ‘S chaidh ar grian is ar latha fo sgòth.

    A Leòdaich uasail, a charaid,
    Tha do bhàs-sa gar crathadh,
    ‘S tha naidheachd na maidne gar leòn.


    Domhnall E Meek - 5.01.18



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    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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