Dunoon na­tional Mòd comes to a close

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The Royal Na­tional Mòd in Dunoon came to a close on Satur­day af­ter eight days of com­pe­ti­tions and per­for­mances. Thou­sands of peo­ple made their way to Dunoon to en­joy all that the Mòd has to of­fer, with some­where in the re­gion of £2 mil­lion ex­pected to have been gen­er­ated for the lo­cal econ­omy. This year’s most sought-af­ter prizes were awarded to Ruairidh Cor­mack of Portree and Ceitidh Camp­bell of In­ver­ness, pic­tured, in the Gold Medal com­pe­ti­tion. Speak­ing on Thurs­day morn­ing, Ceitidh, 31, who is six and a half months preg­nant, said: ‘I think I am still in shock. It’s not re­ally sunk in. I just love singing. ‘It’s some­thing I have al­ways done. I have en­tered ev­ery Royal Na­tional Mòd since I was 11 years old.’ Ruairidh said: ‘To have achieved it is quite in­cred­i­ble. I never thought on my sec­ond oc­ca­sion I would be able to win.’ The 24-year-old CBeebies pre­sen­ter, who sings with Còisir Ghàidhlig Loch Abar (Lochaber), added: ‘My dad is my big­gest helper.’ Ruar­idh’s dad, Arthur Cor­mack is a for­mer Gold Medal win­ner him­self. Ciaran Iòs­aph MacAong­hais from Lochaber and Steaphanaidh Chaim­beul from Kyle of Lochalsh won the Tra­di­tional Gold Medals. Eileen Duncan of Tongue and Mikie MacEan­rig of Keiss took home the Sil­ver Pen­dants. When asked what it felt like to have his name called out as the win­ner of the Tra­di­tional Gold Medal, Ciaran, who teaches at Rock­field Pri­mary Gaelic Unit in Oban and sings with Còisir Ghàidhlig an Òbain (Oban) said: ‘It felt great. I was just re­ally happy. I have put in quite a lot of hard work over the last cou­ple of months, so it’s nice that I didn’t muck it all up.’ The 27-year-old added: ‘I re­ally like work­ing [at Rock­field]. The kids are lovely. Oban Gaelic Choir have helped me a lot. They are re­ally sup­port­ive. ‘It can feel quite iso­lat­ing with the solo com­pe­ti­tions. If I had any ad­vice, if some­one does sing and they want a bit of con­fi­dence or ex­pe­ri­ence, join a choir. It’s great. I didn’t re­alise how much I would en­joy it. By week two I was ob­sessed.’ John Mor­ri­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of An Co­munn Gàid­healach, said: ‘The Dunoon Royal Na­tional Mòd has been as spec­tac­u­lar as ever. ‘We’re de­lighted to have de­liv­ered a Mòd that, while hold­ing true to tra­di­tion, used new ways to en­gage with young peo­ple and we couldn’t be prouder of the young Gaels on our Youth Com­mit­tee. ‘The level of com­pe­ti­tion has been su­perb and it’s been a treat to wel­come Mòd reg­u­lars and new­com­ers alike. ‘We are grate­ful as ever to ev­ery­one in­volved in run­ning this year’s Mòd, es­pe­cially the lo­cal or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee and all of our vol­un­teers and spon­sors.’

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The men’s Gold Medal was won by Ruairidh Cor­mack, while the ladies’ prize went to Ceitidh Camp­bell.

Pho­to­graph: Gra­ham Hood

Tra­di­tional Gold Medal win­ners Ciaran MacAong­hais, from Fort Wil­liam, and Steaphanaidh Chaim­beul, who is a na­tive Gaelic speaker from Kyle of Lochalsh.

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