Heritage and Culture

The Royal National Mod

By Sophie

Each year, Gaelic language and Gaelic cultural heritage is celebrated at Scotland's premier Gaelic festival, the Royal National Mo'd. The event is famous for giving Gaelic speakers of all ages the opportunity to perform across a range of competitive disciplines and includes Gaelic music and song. There's also highland dancing, instrumental, drama, sport and literature so everyone can get involved.

With this wonderful opportunity for those who speak the old language to come together, the event has only grown in popularity as the years have passed. Organised by An Comunn Ga'idhealach (The Highland Association), the event was founded in Oban in 1891 and has the Queen as it's Patron. The focus of the Royal National Mod is on competition, however there is a large non-competitive programme or 'fringe' which means those who don't want to compete can still get involved in the celebrations. There are also performances from some of Scotland's top traditional musicians and Gaelic singers.In addition to providing a national and international platform for promotion of the Gaelic language and culture, the Mod provides a major economic and cultural boost to the host area and also attracts considerable national and international publicity, raising the profile of the host location. The Mod also represents an annual opportunity for Gaels and non-Gaels to gather and renew old friendships as well as forging new ones.

To get you in the spirit, we thought we'd go through some basic Gaelic words and sayings:

Welcome - Fa'ilte

Hello - Halo'

How are you? - Ciamar a tha thu?

What's your name? - De' an t-ainm a th'ort

My name is... - Is mise...

Where are you from? - Co 'as a sibh?

I'm from - 'Sann a' ... a tha mi

Good morning - Madainn mhath

Good afternoon / evening - Feasgar math

Good night - Oidhche mhath

Goodbye - Beannachd leat OR Chi mi a-rithist thu (I'll see you again)

Good Luck! - Sealbh math dhuit!

Cheers! Good Health (used in a toast) - Sla'inte mhath!

Sorry - Tha mi duilich!

Please - Ma's e do thoil e

Thank you - Tapadh leat

Reply to thank you - 'S e do bheatha

I don't know - Chan eil fios agam

I understand - Tha mi 'tuigsinn

I don't understand - Chan eil mi 'tuigsinn

Do you speak English? - A bheil Beurla agat?

Mike Mackay 1 years ago at 11:03
Great article to showcase the Gaelic Mòd as well as the Gaelic language!
There are some errors in the Gaelic, though, that I wanted to point out:
Fàilte - the "à" as well as all accented vowels can be made on most keyboards - using a single ' isn't really a good orthographic approach.

Likewise, "Halò"

Cò às a tha sibh?

I've never heard anyone say "Sealbh math dhuit" - this sounds like Irish, honestly.
Instead, "Gura math a thèid leat"

Slàinte mhath

Chan eil fhios agam

A bheil Beurla agad - the 'd' is what we use for "agad" - again, this seems to have been taken from Irish.