John Nicolson MP praises ‘celebration of Gaelic’ at first Mòd in Perthshire since 2004

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The Royal National Mòd made its eagerly awaited opening on Friday. Thousands of visitors congregated in Perth to enjoy a broad array of incredible performances and cultural activities on offer over the nine-day event, with more than 2,000 musicians and participants filling 14 venues across the city.

After eighteen years, the return of the historic event will bring fans of Gaelic music and culture together to celebrate the Gaelic language and is expected to generate a £1 million economic boost in the process. Speaking at the opening night of the Mòd, Member of Parliament for Ochil and South Perthshire and the SNP’s spokesperson for culture at Westminster, John Nicolson, said

“I come from a Gaelic-speaking family. I love the language. One of my greatest regrets is not being taught it as a child. I am so excited to see the success of Gaelic all across the country and the role Gaelic childcare and Gaelic-medium education plays in that success. We must do everything to make this ancient language, with its rich cultural heritage of poetry, literature and music, flourish. The Mòd is central to Gaelic’s success and it’s wonderful to see it back in Perthshire after 18 years.”

The Royal National Mòd runs in Perth until Saturday 22nd October. More information is available at www.ancomunn.co.uk. Tickets are available to buy from the Horsecross Arts box office at www.horsecross.co.uk.