North Skye children celebrate early Mod success

Folk group Clann Thròndairnis from Staffin Primary on the Isle of Skye won top prize in the folk group competition for under-13s at the Royal National Mod in Inverness.

Performing today (Monday) were Megan MacIver, Jonathan Beaton, Isla MacLeod and Erin Gillies. A group from the school won the same competition at the 2012 Mod held in Dunoon.

Councillor Hamish Fraser, chair of the Highland Council’s Gaelic Implementation Group, said: “I had the honour of presenting the winning trophy in this excellent competition and it was a particular delight to hand it over to Clann Thròndairnis from Skye. This is the second time the school has won this trophy so staff, pupils and parents should be really congratulated for their hard work.

“The standard gets better each year and all the young people taking part should feel very proud of their performances. I’ve every confidence that they will all progress and become successful ambassadors for Gaelic in the future.”

Clann Thròndairnis group Megan MacIver, Jonathan Beaton, Isla MacLeod and Erin Gillies receive the trophy from Skye councillor Hamish Fraser

For the sixth year running the Highland Council has sponsored this competition in partnership with Fujitsu who have provided a £500 prize voucher for the winning group.

Also on Monday Clann Thròndairnis won the action song prize for under-13s. That competition produced a 1-2-3 for the Isle of Skye, with Broadford Primary taking second place, and Portree Primary third.

The Mod, returning to the Highland Capital for the first time in 17 years, opened with a spectacular torchlight procession through the streets of Inverness last Friday night. Other weekend highlights included the fiddlers’ rally concert on Saturday night, which saw over 100 fiddle players led by Bruce MacGregor, while in the Mod Cup shinty match Boleskine beat Inverness 4-2. Children’s competitions in fiddle, chanter and bagpipes, piano, accordion, hornpipe and melodeon were held throughout Saturday.

Extended Mod coverage will feature in this week’s West Highland Free Press – available now!