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Michael Noonan ( -
Posted on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 10:34 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Dia Dhuit
I found an article on Am Mod Naiseanta Rioghail (The Royal National Mod) in the March 2003 issue of St. Patrick's Missions. Here is part of it:
"An Mod Naiseanta Rioghail first took place in Oban, Scotland in 1892 and except for an interuption of five years during Wolrd War I and seven years during World War II, it has taken place annually in different towns and cities throughout Scotland.
"The Mod has now grown to become the second largest fesitval in Scotland, with 180 competitions... Mod is simply a Gaelic word for "the gathering". Gaelic speakers, fluent and learners, young and old, with a talent for music song, drama and literature gather together each October from far and wide to take part in the festival.
"The one hundredth Mod will take place this year in the town of Oban where it all started in 1892."

It sounds like what we call in the States a "feis."
Sometimes I get a little discouraged that there is not much Gaelic spoken in Ireland and the US but stories like this give me hope.

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