Mull celebrates 80th Mòd with ‘best one yet’
The Mòd Ionadach na Dreòlluinn (Mull Local Mòd) is always an important one, as it is the last chance for competitors to get feedback before the Royal National Mòd in a few weeks’ time.
However, this year was even more special – it was the event’s 80th anniversary and it was best one yet, according to a local councillor. This year’s highlight took place on Friday, when hundreds of primary school pupils gathered on the beach at lunch time to perform as a massed choir.
On Saturday, relatives of the first committee members, Morag Fraser, Kay Morrison and Janette Morrison, made their way to Aros Hall to hand over trophies to the winning choirs.
It was decided at a committee meeting in December 16, 1937, that a mòd would be held each year.
More than 100 entries were recorded in the first event, which was held on June 14, 1938, including choirs from Bunessan, Lochdon, Pennyghael, Salen, Tobermory and from Coll.
Fast forward 80 years and the Mull mòd has become a two-day event, attracting hundreds of competitors from across the country. The date of the mòd was changed from June to September in 1997. This was done because the Royal National Mòd takes place in October and the change of date would allow competitors to receive constructive criticism before the national.
Councillor for Oban South and the Isles Mary-Jean Devon said: ‘This was without a doubt the best mòd, especially the amount of children. There must have been about 200 kids on that beach. It’s just terrific. There was a great atmosphere.
‘The thing that’s coming through to me is that the competitors are getting younger and the standard of the young people is unbelievable.
‘We know how to do a mòd.’ Chairwoman of Mòd Ionadach na Dreòlluinn (Mull Mòd) committee Janet MacDonald reiterated Councillor Devon’s sentiments.
Mrs MacDonald said: ‘It went very well. We are really chuffed about it.
‘I am really pleased about the massed choirs on the beach.’
The atmosphere of the event ran well into the night, with ceilidhs taking place on both Friday and Saturday, and even on to the CalMac ferry.
Members of Taynuilt and Aberfeldy Gaelic Choirs captivated the lounge aboard the MV Isle of Mull with their singing – they even managed to silence, and engross, a rowdy group of men celebrating a stag do.
Eva Bisp from Rockfield Primary School did well in the solo 7-8 learners’ competition.
Bethan Neil had a very successful Mod, finishing first in her conversation and receiving a second in two singing competitions.
Millie Bonniwell from Rockfield received a first place badge for her Mull Hymn and fluent solo singing.
Ruaraidh MacLean from Mull Mod Club won his fluent recitation.
To celebrate the event’s 80-year anniversary, hundreds of pupils gathered on the beach to sing in harmony. 17_T37_MullMod06