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The Royal National Mod is coming home to Oban in 2023.
The festival of all things Gaelic was last held in the town in 2015.
After the announcement at this year’s event in Glasgow on Friday morning, Oban mod organiser Duncan MacNeil said: ‘I am delighted. We have a lot of work ahead, but we have a four year run now. We have known for a few months that the bid was successful. This will be the 17th time the mod has been back to the town of its birth. Oban is the perfect venue host town for the mod.’
Duncan said this was down to the ease of getting to Oban, combined with an abundance of accommodation, restaurants and compact venues.
He was keen to highlight it is not just about the economic benefit the mod brings, but the celebration of Gaelic language and culture.
He plans on speaking to businesses in the town to try and make Gaelic more visible and audible in the lead up to the festival in 2023.
He’s also keen to ensure Gaelic is not just celebrated for the nine days the mod is on, but in the run-up to 2023 and beyond.
John Morrison, chief executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach, said: ‘We are delighted we are going back to Oban. We have had some tremendous mods in Oban with huge attendances enjoyed by everyone. Oban is a natural home for the mod and we look forward to seeing everyone in 2023.’
Next year’s mod will take place in Inverness. It will be held in Perth in 2021 and it will be Paisley’s turn in 2022.