U.S. National Mod, Ligonier Highland Games, Ligonier, Pennsylvania, September 21, 2013

The United States Mòd would like to extend a warm greeting to those clans who will be joining us in Ligonier, Pennsylvania on September 21, 2013.

An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach, the Gaelic Society of America, visits the games at Ligonier each year, to participate in the celebration of our shared Scottish heritage, by holding its annual Mòd at the games.

A Mòd, meaning “meeting”, or “court” in the old Scottish Gaelic, has developed in Scotland to be an event in which fluent speakers, as well as learners, sing, dance, recite prose and poetry, and put on plays, all in Scottish Gaelic, and are assessed and adjudicated in order to find the best of the best.  For those who attend, it is a yearly celebration in the language of Scotland preserved and fostered for hundreds of years.

We here in the States who have the Gaelic, and are learning it, have held our own Mòd for 25 years, and this year we are keeping the tradition alive!  For anyone who attends, it’s 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.

In addition, 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 MacLeòid, brought to us courtesy of An Comunn Gaidhealach, Scotland’s Gaelic Society.

We have arranged for rooms at the Antiochian Village (http://antiochianvillage.org/) nearby to Ligonier for anyone who would like to stay with us and experience the Mòd from behind the scenes as well.  We have a language competition on Friday night, as well as a song workshop on Sunday morning. This is wonderful opportunity to see what Gaelic is about, to experience it first hand, in a warm, welcoming environment. If attending the games and you already have arrangements, we would like to invite you all to stop by and see what we are all about!

If you would like to join us, the forms to make 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

There’s no requirement to compete!  Come stay with us and join in the fun!

We also welcome donations to support our efforts to continue holding our Mòd. Donations are tax-deductible in the United States as allowed by law. For $35 or less, you can be a Caraid (friend) of the Mòd; for $36-$50, a Laoch (champion); for $51-100, a Gaisgeach (hero); and for more than $100, a Tighearna or Bantighearna (lord or lady). Those donating $200 or more will be elevated to Righ (king) or Ban-righinn (queen)! At least as far as we’re concerned!  There is a donation page on the form mentioned above.

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

Leis gach deagh dhùrachd, (with every good wish)

Mòd Committee, 2013


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