Posted by: liamcassidy | November 21, 2009

A Brilliant Beginning for Mòd Canada

The first Canadian National Mòd was launched today in Ottawa, the nation’s capital, with 25 Scottish Gaelic singers and speakers competing in a broad range of events and even more Gaelic speakers in the audience.

It was a full day of story, song and music at the Canadian Legion Hall in downtown Ottawa — an excellent location — with Gaelic language competitions followed by Highland dancers and Scottish music.

Congratulations to Comunn Gàidhlig Ottawa, which organized this mòd in its first year. To all the competitors, mealaibh ur naidheachd! We would love to see you at the U.S. National Mòd, too.

A salute in particular to Fiona McDonald of Ottawa and Michael MacKay of Catlett, Virginia, who won the top women’s and men’s awards.

The mòd proved that Ottawa, as one participant put it, is a “powder keg” of Gaelic culture just waiting for the right spark. We think that sradag was struck at today’s mòd. Guma fada beò i!

Check back for photos and more information on Mòd Canada shortly. I’ll be posting them as soon as I’m back in Northern Virginia! There will be a special program on Mòd Canada on Gaelcast as well.

Liam Ó Caiside


  1. A special thank you to our Virginia Gaelic family for making it up to our inaugural event!
    It was very special to have you here to celebrate with us!
    Suas leis a’Ghaidhlig!
    Beannachd leibh,
    Randaidh Waugh

  2. Thank you for coming up to Ottawa to be a part of the day; it was terrific to meet you, and it was a wonderful day indeed. Looking forward to next time,
    Bethany Bisaillion
    Pipe Major, The Sons of Scotland PB
    Director, The Ottawa City Piping College
    Ottawa, Canada

  3. Tapadh leibh, Bethany & Randaidh!

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