Mòd to return to Glasgow after 29 years

Silver Pendant winners Alasdair Currie and Kirsty Watt.
This year’s Silver Pendant winners, Alasdair Currie and Kirsty Watt

The National Mòd will return to Glasgow for the first time in 29 years, it was announced today (Friday).

On the final day of competition in Oban Glasgow was confirmed as the venue for 2019. The last time the Mòd was in the city was in 1990, when Govan played host.

Preparations are already underway for the 2016 Mòd, which will take place in the Western Isles. Lochaber will be the venue in 2017, and Dunoon in 2018.

The chair of the 2019 Glasgow 2019 local organising committee is Donald Iain Brown, Gold Medallist this year in Oban. He said: “The local organising committee are delighted that An Comunn thought our bid was strong enough to secure the Mòd in Glasgow. Glasgow is an excellent location to host the Mòd and we are sure they will deliver an excellent Mòd for Mòd-goers and Glaswegians alike.”

Councillor Archie Graham, deputy leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The links between Glasgow and the Gaelic language stretch back to the first settlements of people from the Highlands and Islands on the banks of the River Clyde. The city’s commitment to developing Gaelic culture remains as strong as ever. We look forward to welcoming the Royal National Mòd back to Glasgow in 2019 where everyone who comes along to compete, to volunteer or to simply enjoy this most Scottish of occasions will receive the warmest of welcomes.

“Glasgow’s international reputation as a welcoming host city continues to grow following the best ever Commonwealth Games, held in the City last year. The return of the Mòd in 2019 will add still further to that global recognition.”

Reflecting on this year’s Mòd An Comunn praised the local organising committee, and in particular their work to establish a “Mòd Academy”, which ensured a legacy for future years. After the last Oban Mòd in 2009 the academy scheme was established to provide tuition in local schools in a bid to attract more competitors from the area.