Suc­cess is hailed as Ard­na­mur­chan sees big­gest ever competition

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

THIS year's Mod Aird nam Mur­chan en­joyed its largest ever turnout last week, with around 160 com­peti­tors tak­ing part in the day’s event.

Con­vener of Mod Aird nam Mur­chan Fiona Maclean said: ‘We are de­lighted that this year we have had our big­gest ever en­try, with most peo­ple tak­ing part in more than one competition.

‘We have had a lot of en­tries from Ard­na­mur­chan high school, which is great be­cause we want to en­cour­age more high school pupils to get in­volved as well.

‘We also have an adult competition which we have had a great re­sponse to.

he newly formed Ard­na­mur­chan high school choir com­peted in Fri­day’s (June 17) events. It was their first time per­form­ing at a Mòd, and they are look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing in many more.

This year's competition also saw the in­tro­duc­tion of a new tro­phy for pip­ing, do­nated by the daugh­ters of life­long Mòd sup­porter and piper Allen MacPher­son.

The tro­phy was pre­sented by Allen’s daugh­ters at the Mòd, and was won by Fort Wil­liam pip­ing novice Laura Robert­son.

Mod Aird nam Mur­chan’s sec­re­tary, Val Baker, told The Oban Times: ‘Allen was a great piper and a long-time sup­porter of this event.

'He was well liked in the com­mu­nity and we are pleased to have the tro­phy this year.’

Com­peti­tors trav­elled from far and wide to take part in the Mòd com­pe­ti­tions.

One adult com­peti­tor trav­elled from Pre­ston­pans, while Han­nah Rus­sell, who com­peted in the girls' solo singing came from Cum­ber­nauld.

It was in­stru­men­tal ad­ju­di­ca­tor Lucy Doogan’s first year judg­ing at the Mòd and she said: ‘This is my first time do­ing this, and it was great to see so many peo­ple tak­ing part in the competition.’

A fid­dle player her­self, Lucy added: ‘I was pleased with how many peo­ple played the fid­dle, and it is clear there is a lot a fu­ture po­ten­tial here to­day.’

Mu­sic tu­tor and Mòd en­thu­si­ast Riona Whyte said: ‘It is a re­ally good busy Mòd this year, and I am re­ally pleased with the turnout.’

You can find all the Mòd re­sults on page 21.

21_ F26 Ard­na­mur­chan MOD 11_ Stron­tian Ac­tion Song Stron­tian pri­mary classes 1- 4 get­ting ready to take part in their ac­tion song, which is all about their new school get­ting built.

Locha­line pri­mary school’s classes 1- 4, who also took part in the ac­tion song. 21_ F26 Ard­na­mur­chan MOD 13_ Locha­line Ac­tion Song

21_ F26 Ard­na­mur­chan MOD 14_ Ard­gour Ac­tion Song Win­ners of the ac­tion song competition, Ard­gour pri­mary school, classes 1-5.

Brother and sis­ter due Mitchell and Me­gan MacPher­son, tak­ing part in the fid­dle competition, in which Me­gan took home first prize. 21_ F26 Ard­na­mur­chan MOD 4_ Me­gan& Mitchell MacPher­son

Locha­line pri­mary school win­ners Flo­ri­ana Lawrance and Archie Kennedy, who both won first prize in their solo singing competition. 21_ F26 Ard­na­mur­chan MOD 9_ Archie Kennedy&Flo­ri­ana Lawrance

Rona and Seu­mas McIn­tyre, who both took home top prizes in their competition. Rona won first place for fid­dle, and brother Seu­mas re­ceived third for his po­etry recita­tion. 21_ F26 Ard­na­mur­chan MOD 8_ Rona& Seu­mas McIn­tyre

Frances Mac­Don­ald, 12, of Ard­na­mur­chan high school was placed first in the un­der­13s fid­dle competition 21_ F26 Ard­na­mur­chan MOD 1_ Frances Mac­Don­ald

Rona McIn­tyre, Oi­gridh Shuain­eart learner, won first place with her Gaelic air in the fid­dle competition. 21_ F26 Ard­na­mur­chan MOD 6_ Rona McIn­tyre

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