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October issue 2018

80 years of the Mull Mòd

This year marks eighty years since the Mull Mòd was established, and we were delighted to welcome so many competitors and visitors once again this year. The Mull Mòd is one of the more popular provincial mòds, largely due to its proximity to the National Mòd, in October, but also because it always provides a wonderful atmosphere and buzz around the town, as groups of children and adults pack in last minute rehearsals or greet friends only seen at mòds, or grab a quick break for some ice cream or chips by the clock tower.
This year on the Friday of the mòd, we welcomed more than 200 children competing in solo singing, poetry recitation, Gaelic conversation and instrumental competitions, as well as 16 school groups or junior choirs As a part of our celebration of our 80 Year Anniversary, earlier this year we were delighted to welcome Trail West’s Ian Smith and Tidelines’ Robert Robertson to lead workshops in the island’s schools and teach the pupils to sing Thoir Mo Shoraidh and An t-Eilean Muileach.
The children of Mull gathered together in the sunshine on the new sandy beach in Tobermory on Friday just after lunchtime and sang beautifully together, to a crowd of onlooking parents, teachers, locals and visitors. A video of them singing An t-Eilean Muileach, posted on the Mull Mòd’s Facebook Page, was shared more than 300 times around the world, and viewed by more than 20 thousand people ... more in the full issue

Photo: Children from the Mull & Iona Primary Schools gather on the beach at Tobermory to sing Mull 'anthem' An t-Eilean Muileach as part of the Mòd 80th anniversary celebrations.
Photo © Angus Stewart

Pipe Band on top of the 'World'

On the 14th September we were invited to perform for the residents and guests on board The World. We are the first Pipe Band ever to perform on this prestigious vessel. We were taken by tender to the ship where we performed by the swimming pool. We were then invited into the officers mess for a meal and refreshments. After performing on The World we played on board the tender all the way back to the pontoons in Tobermory Bay and waited for the second tender to berth. Once it had disembarked we led the residents and guests along the Main Street to the Tobermory Hotel where they enjoyed music by Robert MacLeod. Performing on The World has been a highlight of the year for all the band members, we were made to feel very welcome by everyone. It was an absolute pleasure representing Mull and Iona in such a prestigious venue ... more in the full issue

The Pipe Band is dwarfed by the enormous vessel. Photo courtesy of Mull & Iona Pipe Band

Japanese Visit to Eagle Watch

There was international recognition for the award winning Mull Eagle Watch project in August when a Japanese delegation from the Ecosystem Conservation Society (ECS) based in Tokyo visited the island. Six executives and staff of the Non Governmental Organisation including the President, Mr Hobun Ikeya and Secretary General, Mr Takeshi Seki along with a translator were shown two of the project’s locations this year. Their first stop was at the Headquarters of Mull and Iona Community Trust, which manages the project, with a welcome from General Manager Moray Finch and a presentation by Dave Sexton, RSPB Mull Officer.
From there they travelled the short distance to Craignure Golf course which has hosted Mull Eagle Watch this year. The Japanese guests learned from Elizabeth Ferguson and Committee Member Barry Whenman of the history of the golf course where golf has been played since 1895 and how working with Mull Eagle Watch will hopefully bring additional visitors, golfers and income to the club ... more in the full issue

Photo by Barry Whenman of the group at Craignure Golf Course