Posted by: liamcassidy | August 3, 2014

The 2014 U.S. National Mòd is Coming!

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The 27th annual U.S. National Mòd is just around the corner —  September 19-21, at the Ligonier Highland Games, about an hour’s drive east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Mòd Naiseanta Aimeireagaidh is a great opportunity to meet and hear native Scottish Gaelic speakers, fluent learners, and adventurous newcomers tackling Gaelic songs, stories and poems in competition and at cèilidhs. It’s great time to soak up as much Gaelic as you can in a friendly, relaxed non-classroom environment (we do offer workshops during the Mòd weekend). What’s more, you can be part of a Gaelic community – without the cost of a round-trip airfare to Scotland!

Both Gold Medalists from Scotland’s Royal National Mòd will be attending our event. This year, we will have the honor to welcome the female and male medalists, Eilidh Munro and Robert Robertson, brought to us courtesy of An Comunn Gaidhealach of Scotland.

This year we are very excited to welcome Lewis Mackinnon, the Executive Director of Gaelic Affairs for the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, as our  adjudicator this year. This will be a first here for Lewis as our adjudicator, and it will be a unique opportunity to meet and speak with someone at the heart of the Gaelic revival in Nova Scotia. Lewis is an accomplished educator, singer and poet — in 2011, Lewis was named bàrd or poet laureate of the Royal National Mòd in Scotland, the first Gael from outside Scotland to achieve the honor.

If you have ever wanted to see the Mòd or meet with native speakers, to compete and try out your Gaelic, or just to attend the games and take in the Mòd experience, sign up!  Go to https://usmod.wordpress.com/mod-bulletin-an-cuairtear-ceolmhor/ and you’ll see what you need to do.  You can direct any questions to Michael MacKay at macaoidh88@gmail.com.

We do ask that you send in your forms by September 14 so that we can get a good head count.

We welcome donations to support our efforts to continue holding Mòd Naiseanta Aimeiragaidh. Donations are tax-deductible in the United States as allowed by law. There is a donation page on the form mentioned above, and you can also donate on the AGCA website.

The Mòd Committee hope you will be able to join us in Ligonier, or if not, that you will consider making a donation. We raise funds throughout the year at events like our Spring Mòd Concert in Alexandria, Virginia. Write to  macaoidh88@gmail.com for more information on how to contribute.

 

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