Similarly to the way Scotland and Gleneagles are gearing up to host the next Ryder Cup, after being passed the baton by this years American hosts, Paisley will soon be passed the baton for the Royal National Mod. The Mod is a festival which celebrates everything Gaelic and this years festival is taking place from 12th-19th this month in Dunoon. On the 20th, the countdown begins until Paisley hosts the festival next year, the first time the festival will have visited our historic town.
Commenting, George Adam, Paisley’s MSP said:
‘The people of Dunoon have the great privilege of hosting this year’s Royal National Mod. Next year its Paisley’s turn and I really can’t wait. Having visited the Mod festival in the past myself, I know just how fun it is, you get immersed in Gaelic culture.
‘Scotland’s premier Gaelic festival provides opportunities for people of all ages to perform across a range of competitive disciplines including Gaelic music and song, highland dancing, instrumental, drama, sport and literature.
‘The festival will be a great boost to the local economy with people coming from all over Scotland, indeed all over the world to take in and compete at the festival. Over 2,800 competed at the 2011 festival in Nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles) with many more attending so I am expecting that we will be treated to a very exciting and busy festival. So let’s get it in our diaries, The Royal National MOD is coming to Paisley.”