On Sunday 13th October the Islay school’s choirs and solo competitors travelled to the National Mod in Paisley with high hopes for another successful year at the Mod. Monday 14th was the day for the children’s competition for Gaelic learners, and Islay was extremely well represented in all the medals, with Port Ellen Primary children achieving lots of success. The Gaelic Choir won all their competitions; the Badenoch & Strathspey Area Trophy for the Rural Primary Choral Unison, the Olive Campbell Trophy for the Choral Puirt-a-beul and the Caledonian MacBrayne Trophy for the 2 part harmony.
The Islay High School Choir,Còisir Òg Ghàidhlig Ìle, also won all their competitions, and there were solo medallists from Bowmore as well.
In the solo poetry and singing category 9-10 Abbie Morris from Port Ellen won both trophies, with Elizabeth MacMillan coming third. Lots of thanks must go to Mrs Macdonald for conducting the choir, Mrs Macdonald senior and Mrs Dennis for their help with the choir, soloists and duets, Miss MacRae and Mr Weatherhogg for working with the folk group and all parents and helpers for their support. What a great year and now we look forward to next years Mod.