Ardnamurchan Mòd gets back to traditional values

Lochaline Primary School pupils performed their Action Song. NO_F25_Ardnamurchan MOD 03

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After three years without a live Ardnamurchan Mòd it was finally back in 2022, held at Ardnamurchan High School/The Sunart Centre, writes Nic Goddard.

Competitors from all five of the peninsula primary schools as well as the high school and pupils from Fort William, Mallaig, Oban and Mull participated in traditional singing, instrumental and poetry recitation competitions.

The adjudicators commented on both the very high standard of entrants and the wonderful setting for the Mòd.

Calum Munro, who had been a Gaelic medium teacher on the peninsula 17 years ago, was delighted to return to the area for the day from his home on the Isle of Skye to adjudicate and told the Lochaber Times: ‘It’s a pleasure to be back and to see – and
hear – the traditions still going strong.’

After a long day of competing with a splendid lunch provided by Acharacle Gaelic Playgroup many of the prize winners stayed on to perform at the evening concert; a very well-attended event hosted by Donald-Iain Brown.

Introducing the performances in both English and Gaelic Mr Brown and fellow adjudicators treated the audience to performances of their own.

Along with prizes for singing, playing and reciting, an art competition was run alongside the Mòd by An Comunn with entries on display at Ardnamurchan Library and the winners announced on the evening.

All of the local schools had prizewinners with Ardnamurchan Mòd secretary Teresa Bolton commenting: ‘The sun may not have shone on us on Friday but the performances certainly brightened everyone’s days.

‘It was lovely to see the children so excited about performing live again.

‘The committee would like to offer our thanks to all who supported the day and
congratulate everyone who attended, competed and performed.

‘Good luck to those competing at the national Mòd in Perth later this year and we are already looking forward to welcoming everyone back to Ardnamurchan next year.’