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Local Mod - Isle of Mull UK
Md; a meeting, an assembly Ionadach; local, provincial An Drelluinn; an old name for the island of Mull
About the Md

On 16th December 1937, the local branches of An Comunn Gaidhealach, of which there were many, met to discuss the possibility of holding a Provincial Md in Mull. It was decided to organise an event for the following year and every year there after based on a circuit of the villages of Tobermory, Salen and Bunessan. The first Provincial Md was held in Tobermory on the 14th June 1938. Gaelic, at that time, was spoken throughout the island and over 100 entries were received for the Md including choirs from Bunessan, Lochdon, Pennyghael, Salen, Tobermory and the island of Coll.
Cisir Ghidhlig an Eilein Mhuilich
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Md Ionadach na Drelluinn encourages the use and development of the Gaelic language and music through voice, choral, oral and instrumental competitions. Local residents and visitors alike are thrilled to hear the Gaelic language brought to life through ancient and modern songs and bardachd (poetry) and also the use of the language in conversation. The Md is not just a competitive event it is a social gathering for all those interested in the language and music. A large number of those attending do so just as a member of the audience and many local residents have described the local Md as their big day out!

Ten years ago, due to clashes with other Mds in the area, the committee took the then controversial decision to change the date of the local Md from June to September. This decision has proved to be very successful attracting competitors from all over the country. As the Royal National Md takes place annually in October, it gives competitors a final chance to receive constructive criticism for their pieces. The date has been fixed as the second Saturday in September and has established itself as one of the best local Mds on the circuit. Indeed, we now have a waiting list for adjudicators desperate to add the Mull & Iona Provincial Md to their CVs. Over the past few years, the venue for Md Ionadach na Drelluinn, has had to remain in Tobermory. As many travel from the mainland, Tobermory has good transport links and enough accommodation to cope with the numbers attending. A restaurant on the main street told a member of the committee that it was their busiest day of the season!

In 2007, thanks to an "Awards for All" grant, Md Ionadach na Drelluinn held their annual event over 2 days with children competing on Friday 7th and adults on Saturday 8th September. The Mull Md has been growing in popularity since their change of date from June to September 10 years ago, especially in the senior section. The junior section has attracted a steady number of competitors but, as a one day event held on the Saturday, schools find it difficult to participate due to availability of teaching and support staff. The committee decided that in 2007, the year of Highland Culture, it would be the ideal time to trial a two day event to encourage schools and clubs to enter. This proved to be a great success with many of the local schools participating and 2008 will see the continuation of a 2 day event.

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Donna Dugdale, Secretary, 4 Rockfield Road Tobermory PA75 6PN enquiries@mullmod.org.uk
Janet MacDonald , Chairperson, Cnoc na Sgillin Tobermory PA75 6QA 01688 302351 chairperson@mullmod.org.uk
Jennifer Jack, Treasurer, Oakbank Breadalbane Street Tobermory PA75 6PE 01688 302024 treasurer@mullmod.org.uk