Fund­ing awarded to sup­port An Co­munn Gàid­healach

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

THE or­gan­is­ers of the Royal Na­tional Mòd have been awarded a Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment grant to help de­velop their pro­gramme of work.

Dr Alas­dair Allan, Min­is­ter for Gaelic, an­nounced the award of £26,280 ahead of the Mòd re­turn­ing to Oban from 9-17 Oc­to­ber. An Co­munn Gàid­healach will use the grant to sup­port the Mòd and com­peti­tors who will be trav­el­ling to Oban to com­pete. Part of the grant will also be used to carry out re­pairs to the Neil Munro mon­u­ment in In­ver­aray. Neil Munro au­thored sev­eral works, most fa­mously the Para Handy se­ries, which cel­e­brated the ex­ploits of the crew of the Vi­tal Spark, as well as a num­ber of his­tor­i­cal nov­els.

The an­nounce­ment came af­ter the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment held a cab­i­net meet­ing in the town.

Dr Allan said: ‘We are very pleased to con­tinue to sup­port the work of the An Co­munn Gàid­healach, ahead of the Mòd re­turn­ing to Oban.

‘The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment is proud to be as­so­ci­ated with the pro­gramme.

‘The Neil Munro mon­u­ment is a wor­thy trib­ute to a great Scot­tish literary tal­ent and were he around to­day, I am sure he would be thrilled to see the Royal Na­tional Mòd at the heart of cel­e­brat­ing ev­ery­thing that is great about Gaelic mu­sic and cul­ture.”

John Mor­ri­son, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of An Co­munn Gàid­healach said: ‘An Co­munn Gàid­healach is de­lighted to see the Royal Na­tional Mòd re­turn to Oban in 2015.

‘Oban is the birthplace, and the spir­i­tual home, of the main Gaelic event held an­nu­ally.

‘The Oban and the wider Ar­gyll com­mu­nity al­ways give a warm welcome to the Gaelic com­mu­nity when they de­scend upon the town.

‘We are con­fi­dent that this year will be no dif­fer­ent and look for­ward to re­turn­ing to Oban in mid- Oc­to­ber.

‘We are also proud to re­new our as­so­ci­a­tion with Ar­gyll’s best known au­thor, the late Neil Munro.

‘The re­pairs to the mon­u­ment that com­mem­o­rates Neil Munro’s life is an af­fir­ma­tion that we re­mem­ber all those who made such a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to the cul­ture, lan­guage and mu­sic of the Gaels of Scot­land.’

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