Lochaber unveiled as Royal National Mod 2017 host

The Royal National Mod will be held at Lochaber in 2017. Picture: PA
The Royal National Mod will be held at Lochaber in 2017. Picture: PA
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THE Royal National Mod is to be staged in Lochaber in 2017, it was announced today.

It will mean that, with Inverness due to host the Mod next year, the Highlands will play host to the annual celebration of Gaelic culture twice within four years.

Councillor Thomas MacLennan, the leader of the Lochaber Area Committee of Highland Council, said: “This is great news for Lochaber, a stronghold of the Gaelic language and culture.

“Those attending the Mod can be assured of a warm and friendly welcome in 2017and I am sureit will be a great success.”

Councillor Alex Graham, the Provost of Inverness, said: “The council is delighted that the Mod will be staged twice in the Highlands in the coming years and that is returning to the Highland Capital after 17 years. The Gaelic language is thriving in Inverness, home to a rapidly expanding Gaelic school and a place with a great Gaelic heritage. Having the Mod here will give Gaelic another boost.

“Inverness is a great venue with excellent connections, facilities, and accommodation and there will be a warm welcome for the thousands of participants and spectators who will come here. As well as enjoying the Mod they will find much to do in our city which has everything from fine riverside scenery to first-class shopping. The 2014 Mod is one of many events taking place in the Highlands in 2014 as part of the Year of Homecoming Scotland and the Highland Homecoming, and it will provide a real showcase for the vast wealth of talent that exists in the Gaelic-speaking community and especially among our young people.”

Councillor Hamish Fraser, Chair of The Highland Council’s Gaelic Implementation Group, also welcomed the announcement. He said: “The council is hugely supportive of the Royal National Mod. Our Gaelic Language Plan states that we will work with An Comunn Gàidhealach to deliver a Royal National Mod in Inverness in 2014 befitting the world’s premier Gaelic cultural event, particularly given the other international events Scotland is hosting in 2014.

“We also aim to increase the number of participants and visitors to the Mod when it is based in the Highlands, and we will work to achieve this through an active Council Mod Liaison Group which will support the Local Mod Committee. I wish both the 2014 and the 2017 National Mods every success.”



A301 Lovat and Tullibardine Shield

1. Govan Gaelic Choir.

2. Còisir Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis.

3. Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association.

“Weekly Scotsman” Quaich for Gaelic - Govan Gaelic Choir.

Donald J MacAskill Trophy for Gaelic - Govan Gaelic Choir.

“Oban Times” Silver Salver for music - Còisir Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis.

Malcolm G. MacCallum Silver Baton for conductor of winning choir - Donald Feist.

Donald Thomson Memorial Quaich for Gaelic tutor of choir with highest marks in Gaelic - Marion Craig.

A304 Women’s Choirs (Esme Smyth Trophy)

1. Atomaig Piseag.

2. Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association.

3. Dingwall Gaelic Choir.

Donald U. Johnston Trophy for Gaelic - Atomaig Piseag.

Angus Johnston Trophy for Music - Atomaig Piseag.

A307 Men’s Choirs (Mull and Iona Shield)

1. Dingwall Gaelic Choir.

2. Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association.

3. Còisir Ceann an Tuirc.

Glen Ballachulish Trophy for Gaelic - Dingwall Gaelic Choir.

Cor Meibion Bro Glyndwr Trophy for music - Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir.

Hector Russell Dirk for conductor of winning choir - Kirsteen Menzies.

A308 Puirt-a-Beul (Greenock Gaelic Choir Cup)

1. Còisir Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis.

2. Dingwall Gaelic Choir.

3. Govan Gaelic Choir.

4. Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association.

5. Còisir Ghàidhlig Shruighlea.

Colin Grant Sangster Silver Baton for conductor of winning choir - Mary Ann Kennedy.

J. Norman McConochie Trophy for music (A301, A304, A307 and A 308) - Dingwall Gaelic Choir.

Rev William MacDonald Memorial Quaich for Gaelic (A301, A304, A307 and A308) - Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association.

Hugh MacCowan Trophy (best Argyll choir) - Còisir Ghàidhlig Ile.

A302 Margrat Duncan Memorial Trophy

1. Largs Gaelic Choir.

2. Còisir Sgìre Phortrìgh.

3. Dundee Gaelic Musical Association.

An Comunn Silver Baton for conductor of the winning choir - Elspeth Howie.

John McNicol Trophy for Gaelic - Largs Gaelic Choir.

Stafffinders Quaich for Music - Largs Gaelic Choir.

A278 Waulking Songs (Harris Tweed Authority Trophy)

1. Còmhlan Luadh Bhaideanach.

2. Mnathan Lacasdail.


A300 Lorn Shield

1. Còisir Sgìr a’ Bhac.

2. Còisir Ghàidhlig nan Loch.

3. Còisir Ghàidhlig an t-Sratha.

Dalriada Cup for Gaelic - Còisir Sgìr a’ Bhac.

Captain Angus Stewart Trophy for Music - (equal) Còisir Sgìr a’ Bhac and Còisir Ghàidhlig nan Loch.

Mrs Catherine C. MacDonald Silver Baton - Avril Duncan.

A303 Sheriff MacMaster Campbell Memorial Quaich

1. Còisir Ghàidhlig Ile.

2. Còisir Ghàidhlig an Eilein Mhuilich.

3. Còisir Ghàidhlig Thaigh an Uillt.

Selma Shield for Gaelic - Còisir Ghàidhlig Ile.

Grace Robertson Memorial Baton for Music - John Brozovsky, Lairg Gaelic Choir.

A305 Grampian TV Trophy (Women)

1. Còisir Ghàidhlig Thunga.

2. Còisir Ghàidhlig Thaigh an Uillt.

3. Còisir Ghàidhlig an Eilean Mhuilich.

Angus MacTavish Memorial Trophy for Gaelic - Còisir Ghàidhlig Thunga.

Blairgowrie Rotary Club Trophy for Music - Còisir Ghàidhlig Thaigh an Uillt.

A306 Puirt-a-beul (Aline MacKenzie Memorial Trophy)

1. Còisir Ghàidhlig Ìle.

2. Còisir Ghàidhlig nan Loch.

3. Còisir Ghàidhlig an Eilein Mhuilich.

John Young Memorial Baton - Iseabail Mactaggart, Còisir Ghàidhlig Ìle.

Calum Robertson Memorial Trophy for Gaelic - Còisir Ghàidhlig nan Loch.

Evelyn Huckbody Memorial Trophy for Music - (equal) Còisir Ghàidhlig Ìle and Còisir Ghàidhlig an Eilein Mhuilich.

A276 Quartets (Stornoway Gaelic Choir Cup)

1. Na Boireannaich Eile.

2. Fuaimeach.

3. Strath Gaelic Choir Quartet.

Marshall Stormonth Memorial Trophy for Music - Na Boireannaich Eile.

Ian Crighton Memorial Trophy for Gaelic - Na Boireannaich Eile.

A277 Folk Groups (Marshall Stormonth Memorial Trophy)

1. Mo Chreach.

2. Turralaich.

3. An t-Eilean.


GS224 Gold Medal Finals (Women)

1. Eilidh Munro, East Dunbartonshire.

2. Ceitidh Smith, Kyle of Lochalsh.

3. Alison NicAnnain, Glaschu.

4. F Ann MacLean, Isle of Lismore.

GS224 Gold Medal Finals (Men)

1. Robert Robertson, Fort William.

2. Domhnall Iain MacIlleDhuinn, Glaschu.

3. Ross SJ Crichton, Benbecula.

4. Ruaraidh Mac an t-Saoir, Uibhist a Deas agus Glaschu.

A279 Solo, with instrumental accompaniment (Largs Trophy)

1. Anna E Mackenzie, Isle of Lewis.

2. Iain Blair, Isle of Skye.

3. Pòl Younger, Glasgow.

SS254 Silver Pendant Final (Learners)


1. Donna Dugdale, Tobermory.

2. Ainsley Hamill, Glasgow.

3. Jackie Cotter, Edinburgh.

4. Ellen Beard, Edinburgh.


1. Lawrence Butler Perks, Aberdeen.

Morag Robb Memorial Salver for Gaelic - Donna Dugdale, Tobermory.

John A MacRae Quaich for Music - Donna Dugdale, Tobermory.

TS232 Traditional Final (Mary Lamont Gold Medal)


1. Joan Morrison, Newton Mearns.

2. Michelle MacNeil, Glasgow.

3. Iseabail Nic an t-Sagairt, Isle of Islay.


1. Calum Angus MacDonald, Lanakshire.

2. Ruairidh MacCarmaig, Isle of Skye.

3. Neil Macritchie, Càrlabhagh.

4. Tormod MacLeòid, Càrlabhagh.

Scotia Trophy - Joan Morrison, Newton Mearns.


A204 Recitation of Prescribed Poem

1. F Ann MacLean, Isle of Lismore.

2. Rachel Urquhart, Inbhir Nis.

A205 Recitation of Prescribed Prose

1. F Ann Maclean, Isle of Lismore.


“West Highland Free Press” Quaich (premier award) - Sgioba Dràma Uibhist.

Susan B. MacDonald Trophy (best producer) - Morag Fheargasdan, Sgioba Dràma Uibhist.

Strathspey Highland Malt Whisky Trophy (best stage presentation) - Sgioba Dràma Uibhist.

Dr Lynn Hagman Memorial Trophy (best actress) - Alis NicAmhlaigh, Sgioba Dràma Uibhist.

Dr Lynn Hagman Memorial Trophy (best actor) - Calum E Mac a’ Phì, Sgioba Dràma Uibhist.

Badenoch Shield (best original Gaelic play of the year) - Iain Dòmhnallach, Buidheann Dràma Chille Mhoire.

Art MacLeod Memorial Trophy (best acted play) - Sgioba Dràma Uibhist.


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