Local News for Wednesday 19th October 2016

International and Royal links for Mòd
Events at yesterday’s Royal Nationla Mòd highlighted the international family of Gaelic-speakers, and a proud tradition of support from royalty. His Royal Highness, The Lord of The Isles, Prince Charles arrived at the Nicolson Institute yesterday morning to enjoy performances from some of this year’s competitors. He also presented an award to the 2016 Gaelic Learner of the Year, 30 year old Carmine Calajezzi, who was born and raised in Abruzzo, Italy, before moving to Scotland five years ago. International interest in Gaelic has brought children from Spanish and Zimbabwean backgrounds to the Mòd,  as well as one competitor travelling from Abu Dhabi.

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Local News for Tuesday 18th October 2016

Royal seal of approval on Mòd
His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay will be at the Nicolson Institute this morning, visiting the Royal National Mòd in his capacity as Lord of the Isles. His Royal Highness is due to present the Gaelic Learner of the Year award, as well as watching competitions and highland dancing. Later in the day he visits the Isle of Harris Distillery in Tarbert, where he’ll tour the distillery and learn about the business as it celebrates its first anniversary.

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Local News for Monday 17th October 2016

Joyous start to Western Isles Mòd
Over a thousand people celebrated a joyous start to the Western Isles Mòd over the weekend, with a torchlight procession, concerts and praise services. Lewis Sports Centre was packed to capacity on Saturday night as 200 musicians, singers and dancers displayed a Hebridean showcase of talent, premiering new work by the specially convened Western Isles Traditional Orchestra, while offering a chance for the audience to enjoy old favourites by choirs, pipe bands and musicians of all kinds. Western Isles competitors did well in Saturday’s opening competitions in Stornoway and Linaclete, with some of the prizewinners performing as part of Saturday’s concert.
Sporting contests as part of the Mòd fringe saw Skye crowned winners of the Mòd shinty cup over Lewis, with a final score of 3-0. A Lewis and Harris Select football team took on Glasgow Island AFC, with Glasgow walking away winners 3-1 on penalties, after a 2-2 draw.

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Local News for Friday 14th October 2016

Mòd begins in blaze of torchlight
After three years of hard work and planning, the 113th Royal National Mòd begins tonight in a blaze of torchlight on the streets of Stornoway. The torchlight procession, heralding the start of nine days of competitions, events and performances, sets off this evening from Stornoway Town Hall at 6.45pm, led by the Lewis Pipe Band and following a route up Francis Street, along Matheson Road and Sandwick Road and into the Lewis Sports Centre Car park. The opening ceremony will later be held inside the sports centre, with music from Daimh and Mischa Macpherson. Competitions begin tomorrow morning at 9am in An Lanntair and Stornoway Town Hall, and at 10.30am in Sgoil Lionacleit, with musical instruments including pipes, chanters, fiddles and melodeons put through their paces by young competitors.

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Local News for Thursday 13th October 2016

The rig saga continues
A long wait for final sign-offs kept the heavy load carrier Hawk in Broad Bay yesterday, awaiting final clearance to carry the Transocean Winner away from Lewis. It's hoped all the necessary approvals will be in place today, and a notice will be issued when she is about to depart.

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