The 2014 U.S. National Mòd Is Coming!

The Mòd is coming!

The 27th annual Mòd is just around the corner – September 19, at the Ligonier Highland Games, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A great time to listen to native Gaelic speakers, fluent learners, and adventurous newcomers tackling Gaelic songs, stories and poems in competition and at cèilidhs. A great time to soak up as much Gaelic as you can in a friendly, relaxed environment. A great time to be part of a Gaelic community – without the cost of a roundtrip airfare to Scotland!

Both Gold Medalists from Scotland’s Royal National Mòd will be attending our event. This year, we will have the honor to welcome the female and male medalists, Eilidh Munro and Robert Robertson, brought to us courtesy of The Gaelic Society An Comunn Gaidhealach, in Scotland.

We will be having Lewis Mackinnon from Cape Breton as our adjudicator this year. This will be a first here for Lewis as our adjudicator, and it will be a unique opportunity to meet and speak with the Office of Gaelic Affairs’ Executive Director, let alone to receive an adjudication from an accomplished Gael such as he! We welcome the opportunity to have him with us this year.

If you have ever wanted to see the Mòd or meet with native speakers, to compete and try out your Gaelic, or just to attend the games and take in the Mòd experience, sign up! Go to http://usmod.wordpress.com/mod-bulletin-an-cuairtear-ceolmhor/ and you’ll see what you need to do! You can direct any questions to macaoidh88@gmail.com.

We do ask that you send in your forms by September 14 so that we can get a good head count.

We welcome donations to support our efforts to continue holding Mòd Naiseanta Aimeiragaidh. Donations are tax-deductible in the United States as allowed by law. There is a donation page on the form mentioned above, and you can also donate on the AGCA website.

The Mòd Committee hope you will be able to join us in Ligonier, or if not, that you will consider making a donation.

Leis gach deagh dhùrachd,

Comataidh a’ Mhòid
Mòd Naiseanta Aimearagaidh 2014

U.S. National Mòd Is Coming!

The Mòd is coming!

The 26th annual Mòd is just around the corner – September 21, at the Ligonier Highland Games, near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. A great time to listen to native Gaelic speakers, fluent learners, and adventurous newcomers tackling Gaelic songs, stories and poems in competition and at cèilidhs. A great time to soak up as much Gaelic as you can in a friendly, relaxed environment. A great time to be part of a Gaelic community – without the cost of a roundtrip airfare to Scotland!

Both Gold Medalists from Scotland’s Royal National Mòd will be attending our event. This year, we will have the honor to welcome the female and male medalists, Eilidh Davies and Calum MacLeoid, brought to us courtesy of The Gaelic Society An Comunn Gaidhealach, in Scotland.

We will be having Catrìona Parsons from Cape Breton back as our adjudicator this year. Catrìona has been our adjudicator and a true friend of our Mòd competition since its inception, having been instrumental in creating the Mòd 26 years ago.  We welcome the opportunity to have her with us again this year.

If you have ever wanted to see the Mòd or meet with native speakers, to compete and try out your Gaelic, or just to attend the games and take in the Mòd experience, sign up!  The forms to make your reservations are here: http://usmod.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/reserve-your-place-at-the-2013-u-s-national-mod/

The form itself is: http://usmod.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/us-mod-2013-packet-2.pdf

We do ask that you send in your forms by September 14 so that we can get a good head count. We hope to also get a guest to come from Scotland or Cape Breton to do a special program – stay tuned!

We welcome donations to support our efforts to contiue holding Mòd Naiseanta Aimeiragaidh. Donations are tax-deductible in the United States as allowed by law. There is a donation page on the form mentioned above, and you can also donate on the AGCA website.

The Mòd Committee hope you will be able to join us in Ligonier, or if not, that you will consider making a donation.

Leis gach deagh dhùrachd,

Comataidh a’ Mhòid
Mòd Naiseanta Aimearagaidh 2013

Materials Available for 26th ACGA Mòd

Register to receive materials for the 26th ACGA Mòd by PayPal.

The Mòd materials are ready! Register now for ACGA’s 26th annual U.S. Mòd, to be held in Ligonier, PA on September 20th, 21st, and 22nd 2013. Your registration will get you all the songs required for you to compete in the Mòd in September. The materials are also provided for the mail-in Mòd, for those who want to try their skills at the written word! Please go to http://usmod.wordpress.com for further information and updates on the Mòd. We are very pleased that our adjudicator this year will be Catrìona Parsons from Lewis and Cape Breton!

You may register for these mod materials using PayPal or a credit card by going to http://payments.acgamerica.org.

Once we receive your registration we’ll email you with the link to the Mòd materials and the password to get in and download the sound files and documents.

We’ll also keep you on a mailing list to send you updates about the Mòd, including the forms needed to book rooms at the Antiochian Village, where we stay for the Mòd weekend each year, and for the Mòd banquet choices, as well as the most important thing – what competitions you’ll be doing! Please come register for the Mòd, take part, and help keep the wonderful tradition of Gaelic song and prose alive!

2012 U.S. National Mòd Information Available

The 25th Annual U.S. National Mòd is fast approaching – Sept. 21-23 in Ligonier, PA. Registration forms for lodging, the banquet/cèilidh, etc. are available here. The U.S. National Mòd will welcome two Hebridean Gold Medal-winning Gaelic singers this year, Catrìona Watt of Lewis and Glasgow and Niall Campbell of Benbecula.  Our adjudicator this year is Beathag Mhoireasdan from the Isle of Lewis.

Please come and help us celebrate our 25th Mòd in beautiful Ligonier, Pennsylvania!  Fill out the forms and mail them to:

Mike Mackay, Registrar
3860 Dumfries Road
Catlett, VA 20119

Any questions can be forwarded to Mike at mackay@progeny.net  We’ll see you at the Mòd!

Mail-In Mòd is a Special Opportunity

a Chàirdean ionmhainn,

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the US Mòd, and we have many special additions to the Mòd for this event, including a choir and even an art competition! This very important Mòd will mark an expanded presence of Gaelic song and story in the US, and we will be highlighting the strength of our efforts as supporters of the language and culture of our forbearers.

Because of this, the Mòd committee would like to invite all of you spending time and resources to learn Gaelic, to take part in our Mòd in any way you can! We’d also like to be able to show and promote just how many people here in the States are working diligently to acquire or recapture their Gaelic heritage, and one way is to represent yourselves at the Mòd, which is reported back to Scotland by the guests we invite, as well as the media, who we hope to have represented this year at the event in Ligonier.

Therefore, we’d like to extend an invitation to all of you to use this opportunity to enter the mail-in competition, try your hand at some translations and readings, and even composition of poetry if you would like. This will give you, as a learner, a goal to strive for, some challenging work, and adjudication and feedback on your progress in the language.

To sign up, please go to the web page http://payments.acgamerica.org to submit a paypal registration. You will be shown where and how to get the Mòd materials after your registration. Additional information can be found at http://usmod.wordpress.com/mod-bulletin-an-cuairtear-ceolmhor/.

Thanks for your time, and a big thank-you for all your hard work in supporting Gàidhlig in all the ways you do. Even if you cannot attend the Mòd in person or through the mail, the work you all do is noticed and appreciated here and in Scotland, where the native speakers and leaders of organizations like An Comunn Gàidhealach continue to be impressed by the dedication shown by our efforts.

Leis gach deagh dhùrachd,

Mike M, comataidh a’ Mhòid