Flag to fly for Mòd week
This morning (Friday 10 October) the Convener of The Highland Council and the Provost of Inverness, along with the Convener of the local Mòd committee, were presented with the official Mòd flag by the President of An Comunn Gàidhealach, John MacLeod.
Pupils from Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis were roped in to come and help with the unveiling of the flag which will be flown over the city during Mòd week.
The Provost of Inverness said: “The City of Inverness is delighted that The Royal National Mòd is returning here once again. This is the year of Highland Homecoming and it is marvellous that competitors from places as far apart as Campbeltown and Canada will be taking part in the world premier Gaelic and Cultural event here in the Highland Capital.
“Staging the Mòd is a major team effort requiring a partnership approach. An Comunn Gàidhealach have once again organised an excellent event and The Highland Council has been happy to give strong support, together with High Life Highland, the BID team, the business sector and of course the large amount of local voluntary support put in under the auspices of the Local Organising Committee chaired by Allan Campbell.”
The Mòd is set to bring £2.5 million to the local economy as visitors and competitors flock to Inverness for the annual festival which is now in its 122nd year.
Says John Morrison, Chief Executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach: “With over 3000 competitors taking part in over 200 competitions and 70 Fringe events taking place, there is something for everyone this week. We are delighted to return to Inverness for the first time in 17 years and as well as generating income and entertainment, we hope the Mòd leaves a legacy as Gaels and non-Gaels alike enjoy performances.”
The Mòd Fringe Programme includes Cèilidh Beag a’ Mhòid which will take place at the Aquadome, recitals in the Inverness Museum, and a Genealogy talk in the Highland Archive Centre which is a fantastic facility in the Highland Capital.”
Highland Council Convener, Councillor Jimmy Gray said: “Inverness is well placed to host the Mòd as it has excellent venues, great connections, facilities, and accommodation. The Mòd provides a showcase for the vast wealth of talent that exists in the Gaelic-speaking communities especially among the young people across the Highlands. We all wish the Mòd every success and are sure visitors to the area will receive a great Highland Homecoming welcome to the city.”