About last year's Mod
CAITHNESS will achieve a famous first this year when it plays host to Scotland’s premier festival of Gaelic language, arts and culture.
The Royal National Mod (Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail) is held annually in October in a different host location. In 2010 the Mod will take place in Caithness for the first time in its history and the organising body, An Comunn Gàidhealach (The Highland Association), is delighted to be staging the event in the far north.
The Caithness Mod 2010 (Mòd Ghallaibh) will run from October 8-16 and is being shared between Thurso and Wick.
The Mod is a competition-based festival, for children and adults, that celebrates the Gaelic language through music, dance, drama, arts and literature. It attracts competitors and visitors from throughout the UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada and the USA.
The Mod was first held in Oban in 1892 and since then has grown into Scotland’s second-biggest festival.
A sizeable influx of visitors to Caithness in October will mean hotels, guest houses and B&Bs being packed to capacity and local businesses are anticipating a marked increase in their takings. It is hoped that the 2010 Mod will leave a lasting legacy in terms of tourism and culture in the area.
Mod development manager James Graham said: “This is a great boost for Caithness economically, but it is also important culturally. The Caithness Mod will be crucial in promoting the Gaelic language in the area and this dovetails with An Comunn Gàidhealach’s policy of furthering the promotion and development of the Gaelic language.”
Preparations for the 2010 Mod are well under way with the local organising committee already having raised adequate funding to lay on an exciting and ambitious programme. This will offer Gaels and non-Gaels alike an opportunity to take part in the social side of the festival too.
With entertainment, events and live music taking place throughout the nine-day Mod, there promises to be a friendly and welcoming atmosphere awaiting all visitors to the area.
The local convener of the Caithness Mod, Raymond Bremner, said: “The people of Caithness are delighted to welcome visitors to the area in October and are determined to make the Caithness Mod one of the most memorable Mods to date.”
With one of the most successful Mods ever held in Oban in 2009, the Royal National Mod is going from strength to strength and this year’s festival in Caithness promises to be another unforgettable occasion.
Mod merchandise is being sold through Caithness Horizons in Thurso, which will also double as a ticket office for local events.
For more information on Caithness Mod 2010, visit www.acgmod.org or www.caithnessmod2010.co.uk