Royal Mod ‘bores pants off everyone’ claim

  • 23 August 2007

A councillor in the Highlands is calling for the Royal National Mod to be abolished, claiming it is an event which has “outlived its usefulness”. Ken MacLeod believes an international Celtic festival in Inverness would better serve the promotion of the Gaelic language, adding: “I don’t mean something like the National Mod, where 30 or 40 people sing the same song and bore the pants off everyone. The real Mod happens in the evenings when the competitions are over. We need something that celebrates the language of the Highlands and Islands and we should have a go at setting up an autumn international Celtic festival.” He said the festival would be a celebration of Gaeldom – to unite people from Wales, Ireland, Cornwall, the Isle of Man and Brittany.

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