Posted by: liamcassidy | September 13, 2010

Expanding Gaelic’s Reach at the 2010 U.S. Mòd

Competitors and guests at the 2010 U.S. National Mòd in Ligonier, Pa.

Cool September breezes and a warm Gaelic welcome greeted competitors and special guests at the 23rd annual U.S. National Mòd sponsored by An Comunn Gaidhealach Ameireaganach, held in Ligonier, Pa., Sept. 10-12.

For the first time, a large contingent from Canada came to Pennsylvania to support our Mòd — the Ar n-Òran Gaelic choir of Ottawa. We also welcomed newcomers from Ohio and Virginia as well as special guests from Scotland and adjudicator Paul McCallum.

Our gold medalists this year were Fiona MacDonald of Ottawa and Micheal Mac Aoidh (Mackay) of Catlett, Va. Meal an naidheachd!

The Mòd took place over three days, starting with poetry and storytelling competitions on Friday, followed by song competitions on Saturday and a song workshop on Sunday.

McCallum and Scotland’s Mòd Gold Medalists, Sìneag Macintyre and Steven MacIver, also performed at a special concert at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Monday. Macintyre and MacIver also performed at the Ligonier Highland Games.

More pictures and videos from the Mòd will be posted here and in our gallery section, so thig air ais – come back again often. We’ll also have more information about Scotland’s Royal National Mòd, coming in October, and Mòd Canada, to be held in November.

Mòran taing agus meal ur naidheachd dhan a h-uile duine a thàinig dha’n Mhòd. Bha sinn toilichte gun d’thàinig sibh agus tha sinn an dòchas gun do chòrd a h-uile sian gu mòr ribh.

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