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Ben Doherty Win

Congratulations to Ben Doherty who won tonight  “Dunoon’s Got Talent” Open Mic Talent Show held at the Dunoon Grammar School in aid of Help The Heroes Sponsored by The Stone Inn who under new owners Stephen and Shaun are certainly making a very good impression A Big Big Welcome to you both.

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He is an actor as well (OOOOOOOOOO NO HE’S NOT –No not that kind of Actor here he is with the Famous Cowal Choral-Club,

Ben with Elaine Graham and Michael Smith-Tennent.

You can hear the awesome talent of Ben when, as announced on THE LATE, LATE, LATE VERY LATE BREAKFAST SHOW—earlier this evening Ben appears on the big stage at the Dunoon Dazzles 2014 Christmas Lights “Switch On” Event organised by the Dunoon BIDPA23.

If you want to know more about Ben Doherty check out his Cheeky Face Account




THE LATE, LATE, LATE VERY LATE BREAKFAST SHOW—5.00PM -7.00PM Wednesday . Victor and guest Derek Macintyre who tonight has his Sparkly Hat on will be bringing the listeners up to date with Dunoon Dazzles 2014 Christmas Lights “Switch On” Event.

We will also be telling you of what Dunoon Community Radio will be doing at this event besides the DCR Revue taking to the Big Stage to entertain you we have a special Guests joining us the incredible Popular Matt Ramsay (remember his performance at the Sunset Ceremony)

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and we are really pleased to confirm the rumours that International Singing Star and Ferdinand Rennie the singing sensation of many hit musicals will also be joining the Revue. We will also be entertaining you from the bandstand from midday when a live broadcast of the event will start by chatting “live on air” to the many visitors expected from all over Cowal and from across the Clyde. We shall be talking to competitors taking part in the Santa Dash so please come and say hello.We shall also be broadcasting live from Dunoon’s Burgh Hall where many families will be Gathering to take part in  amongst others

Draw the Building – with Colm Docherty

Using charcoal, graphite and pencil sketch aspects of the Burgh Hall for our records

 Draw on the Building – with Sam Jones and Sandi Kiehlmann

Draw around yourself on the walls of the Burgh Hall to leave your mark!

 Music Making & Recording – with Alan Bryden and Anneke Kampman

Make the Music of the Burgh Hall and record digital sound-scapes..

 Parkour – with Scott Houston and Paul Lagah

Move and leap your way around the building.

NB: Only for those who have previous experience in Parkour.

 Animate the Burgh Hall – with Inigo Garrido

Work with a professional filmmaker to create a short animated film inspired by the Burgh Hall and your time spent here

 T-shirt Printing – with Hannah Clinch and Gillian StewartUse Heat Transfer to decorate t-shirts and bags with images from past Burgh Hall events and architectural gems.

 Photography – with Jean Donaldson

Take a photo of your favourite part of the Burgh Hall using iPads, mobile phones, and digital cameras and upload onto Pinterest.

 Jewellery Making – with Soozie Tarkenter

Make your own copper brooch inspired by the Burgh Hall, taking inspiration from the cornicing and our gargoyles.

 Street Theatre – with Diane Thornton

Interesting character actors will be disrupting activities and the parade  - feel free to join in!

And the now famous unfortunately limited to the first two hundred

 Lantern Making for the Dunoon Dazzles Christmas Light Parade

The Burgh Hall team will also be organising a fun lantern-making workshop for PA23 BID in preparation for the Dunoon Dazzles Christmas Light Switch-on. Bring the children in to decorate a lantern and they can join the parade around 4pm on the same day.

And there  is more  ..To be continued




DCR’s  Gary DJ Marshall will be taking to the stage tonight at Dunoon’s Baptist Church along with over thirty inspired models who shall strut their stuff to present  the latest winter and Christmas fashions provided by Top local Dunoon Retailers M & Co, Elite Clothing & Footwear and Wrights Clothing. A full capacity audience will be raising funds for Dunoon’s Gateway Project

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Dunoon Community Radio has joined neighbours  Bute FM, Celtic Music Radio and  The Dunoon Observer and Argyllshire Standard in a new advertising and Sponsorship initiative


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Ferdinand  grew up in Deutschlandsberg , Austria and has been living for the past several years here in the west coast of Scotland, as a singer, actor, songwriter and music publisher Ferdinand also spends time at his second home near Frankfurt  his base for his European touring organisation which not only sees him touring throughout  Europe but all over the world.

He has told us during his many “Live chats on Air” at Dunoon Community Radio his music career has had several highlights such as the  leading roles in musicals such as TABALUGA & LILLI, LES MISÉRABLES, ELISABETH, SIXTY SIXTY, AHOI-DIE SEEMANNSREVUE, FIFTY FIFTY , JESUS CHRISTSUPERSTAR, THE BEAUTY AND THE BIEST, THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS…’

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As he prepares for his Christmas Single release of  “Drying Little Tears ” to suport  the European Childrens Charity “Regine Sixt Children’s Aid Foundation”  he has promised to include Scotland in fact, Dunoon Scotland  as part of his promotion tour and will be with us in time to help celebrate our fith birthday and the comencement of our new five year Ofcom Community Radio Licence on the first of December

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Listen in to hear Ferdinands Christmas song  and more details of his visit to Dunoon and follow the link to learn mor about this fabulous Childrens Charity “Regine Sixt Children’s Aid Foundation”

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and be sure to visit Ferdinands web site


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As you may “Hillbilly Bob” has just returned from Hospital after Heart surgery so will be taking a night off tonight Saturday on “Doctor’s orders” but hopes to be back next week.

“Hillbilly Bob” sends you all his love and looks forward  to being  back in the saddle next week

“Hillbilly Bob” posted this thank you to the folk who looked after him in hospital and we post it her in gratitude and thanks for looking after our “Hillbilly Bob”  -who we all love and look forward to his return next week
“I would like to thank all the staff at #GoldenJubileeHospital, the Cardiology Day Care Unit, Dr Watkins and Staff Nurses etc for the excellent care and professionalism shown to me during my stay today. And thanks for the angiogram and stent…never felt a thing, and enjoyed watching the technology and your skills at work. Thank You all,now for 7 days rest under the VERY watchful eye of Matron Shirley “

Thanks for your messages of support, I appreciate them all. Moran Taing. ”Hillbilly Bob”

You can hear  ”Hillbilly Bob”  here on Dunoon Community Radio Saturday 10.00pm and Wednesday 3.00pm



halloween14postYes it’s that time of year again when vounteers from  Dunoon Community Radio take the mobile music unit into the Glanbranter Forest to plsay some scarrrryyyyyy

music and to make sure everyone knows what, where and when everything is happening. Frlly , Trra and Victor will this year be joined by DCR radio presenter Kerrie



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It was just a few weeks ago that Chairman of the Save Castle Toward group Alan Stewart and Derek McIntyre Community Engagement Officer came into the DCR Studio with the latest update and told us they were very hopeful to hear from  Scottish Ministers giving their final approval for the purchase to proceed.

Almost exactly one year to the day since the local community group in south Cowal started thier campaign to Save the Castle Toward estate Scottish Ministers have now given the final approval for the purchase to proceed.

The local community group had been expecting the minsters decision on the right to buy for several months now, but due to an appeal being lodged about the higher than expected value placed on the estate by the district valuer the process had stalled.

This appeal has since been dropped allowing the Scottish Minister to make his final decision.

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This means the community group can now finally continue on with its overall goal of purchasing the estate and putting it back into use for the wider community.           Chairman of the local group Alan Stewart said “This has been a roller coaster of a year for all those involved with the Castle Toward Community Buyout and its great to see all of our hard work has been rewarded.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I would especially like to thank the Scottish Minister and his team for the work they have put in to help us make this happen for South Cowal”.

Listen out when Chairman of the Save Castle Toward group Alan Stewart and Derek McIntyre Community Engagement Officer will next visit  the DCR Studio with what comes next?

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dunoon dazzleAfter last year’s spectacular Christmas Lights switch on as part of the PA23BID Dunoon Dazzles it has been announced that this year’s event is to take place on the afternoon of Saturday 29th November.

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Details of the Event will shortly be announced but after an incredible PA23BID year of events including the now legendry Sunset Ceremony when the “Bar” for Dunoon Town events was truly lifted when over 1,000 folk and a World Wide Radio audience were dazzled and entertained by amongst others the  DCR Revue, Matt Ramsey, Abigail Pryde, Tom Irvine, Reely Jiggered, The Vatersay Boys and who will ever forget Derek McIntryre offering to spa with Gold Medal Winner Charlie Flynn.

As stated in the headline in the Dunoon Observer and Argyllshire Standard Keep Saturday November 29th –surely not to be missed



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On this sad day we also remember Michael Marra who passed away this day 2012 .

He was of course the singer-songwriter and musician from Dundee, Scotland. Known as the Bard of Dundee, Michael was a solo performer who toured the UK and performed in arts centres, theatres, folk clubs and village halls. While mainly known as a songwriter, he also worked extensively in theatre, radio and television.

Michaels played one of his last concerts here in Dunoon’s Burgh Hall with the Houseroom Tour celebrating the release of the Houseroom album which he produced and which features The Hazey Janes the popular Indie band which his daughter and son Alice and Matthew are members.

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During his visit to Dunoon Michael with band members visited the Dunoon Community Radio Studio to talk live on air to Victor. It was suggested that the time was now right for Michael to introduce himself to a newer younger audience and now he had found the ideal backing band with  the Hazey Janes he ought to start looking at some mainstream Festivals such as T-In The Park, Michael quietly laughed, his band were all for showing off their new vocalist and predicted  good things for the future.

Michael also spoke about his experience working with the Hazy Janes who he was so tremendously proud of and spoke about the Houseroom the CD they had worked on together which at that time was Dunoon Community Radio’s CD Album of the week.

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Alvin Stardust the “pop singer” and stage actor was born Bernard William Jewry and was known to a great many folk of a certain age performing first as Shane Fenton, Alvin’s stage and screen career spans over a half-century

In May 2011 we held an Alvin Stardust Week here at DCR97.4 to celebrate Alvin coming to Dunoon to perform at the Queens Hall and the fact that so many of the presenters are fans.

In the words of the legend himself  the “Godfather of British Rock n’ Roll” we all had a GAS so much so that every weekday since at 5pm we have Alvin introduce the station to the listeners

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Prior to his Friday night concert at the Queens Hall  Alvin came along to Marshalls Furniture Store on Argyll Street to chat live on DCR97.4fm in the now “Legends Window” and to meet and greet fans including  some of the cast from Strachurs now legendry charity fund raiser “TUTTI FRUTTI TOUR with the Cowal Rock Chicks not only did he  reflect and share with us stories of his fabulous career but he demonstrate in song and  guitar playing the influences that have moulded his career.

Our Heartfelt sympathies go to his wife Julie, and children Millie Margaret May, Adam, Sophie and Shaun




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As the last of the MÒD visitors including the Dcr team head for home we thank Mary, Fiona, Aline and Frlly for keeping us here in Dunoon up to date.

We will be shortly posting photographs as soon as the chemist has developed the film, they shall be appearing here on the Website in a special Mod Photo Gallery and on our Facebook page

Frlly and Mary will be sharing with Jenifer you and the other listener their experience of the Mod and telling us of their personal highlights  and hopefully some gossip.

All the results are now posted on the An Comunn Gàidhealach Website; link below

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Including the all the Friday results in full  for the

Oran Luaidh -Waulking Song won by Còmhlan Luadh Bhaideanach ,

Choral Area -Lovat and Tullibardine Shield won by Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association

Choral Area- Ladies Esme Smythe Trophy won by Atomaig Piseag

Choral Open Men -Mull and Iona Shield won by Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association

Choral Area- Puirt-a-Beul won by Govan Gaelic Choir

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For all the results of this years MÒD click on this link ………





Mòd Dhùn Omhain 2018     

It’s was  confirmed today by John Morrison, chief executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach:

that Dunoon will host The Royal National Mòd  in 2018  

Says John Morrison, chief executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach:

“I am also delighted to announce we will be returning to Dunoon in 2018.  We have fantastic memories of recent Mod’s on the cowal peninsula.  It’s a fantastic host town for us and we hope to engage the local community in traditional Gaelic Culture with nine days of competitions and entertaining fringe events.”

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Dunoon has a long association with the Mod having been the venue on seven previous occasions between 1930 and 2012. Alasdair McCuish representing the Dunoon Mod Committee said at the announcement by John Macleod President of An Comunn Gaidhealach  “We are delighted that the Mod is coming back in 2018. We have staged it four times in the last twenty years and I think we have the hang of it now. He joked that it would be great if major Mod sponsor the Ferry Company CalMac could arrange a new ferry for the town of Dunoon by 2018.

Almost immediately planning will start and continue for the next four years to make a great  Successful Mod.

This is another great opportunity for folk to take part in this “The World’s” most prestigious Gaelic Music festival, look out for Mod Committee Meeting in the future and find out how you can volunteer and make a difference in “2018 The Year of the Dunoon Mod” and The Entertaining  Fringe Events

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Tune in every Thursday evening here on Dunoon Community Radio at 6.00pm when Frlly, Mary and Jenifer introduce  “The Mòd Saga Continues –All Things Mòd”.

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Following last night’s prestigious men and women’s Traditional Gold Medal’s being clinched by Ruairidh Cormack and Ceitlin LR Smith,

Ruairidh, from Portree in Skye, won the men’s Traditional Gold medal following his sister Eilidh winning the Gold Medal earlier in the day.

The women’s Traditional Gold medal went to Ceitlin LR Smith from Ness.  Ceitlin came 3rd in the competition in 2012 and also performed as part of The Mòd fringe this year with her band Gria.

Today we look forward to seeing  the best Gaelic choir’s compete to win the Lovat & Tullibardine and Margrat Duncan trophies at Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd).


This evening we look forward to the final Calmac concert as part of the Fringe, acclaimed as the biggest in the festival’s 122 year history.  Starring Cruinn and the Glenfinnan Ceilidh band, it will be a fitting celebration.

Officially marking the end of The Mòd 2014, a procession of massed choir’s will go through the city tomorrow at 10:30am, culminating at Inverness Castle.  In a special handover ceremony, The Royal National Mòd banner will be presented to representatives from the 2015 host town, Oban.   Next year’s festival is taking place from 9th – 17th October and will be the 123rd year of the most important festival of the Gaelic language in Scotland.



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DCR97.4FM has been broadcasting teaser adverts telling of a BEER FEST to be held at Dunoons “BREWERY” Saturday 18th and  Sunday 19th October  and you must of noticed the poster around the town revealing the line-up of  top entertainment that will entertain.

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It has been announced that Dunoon band “FRIENDS OF OUR’S” will be opening the event on both Saturday and Sunday who of course will feature tunes from their latest E.P. PRIORITIES  

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All the artist who are appearing at the festival are DCR  favourites including an artist making a return visit to Dunoon Brewery TOM  HINGLEY (Sat 3.30pm-4.30pm) known to many as the voice of INSPIRAL CARPETS  (1989-2011) is well known for his awesome acoustic performances.  As the vocalist in  INSPIRAL CARPETS  TOM has recently been featured on DCRs  LUKES ANYTHING GOES, BUT ONLY IF HE LIKES and VICTORS TLLLVLBS with many tracks from THE BEAST INSIDE which has also featured as ”Featured CD of the week” on the LLLVLBS along with his album ABBA ARE THE ENEMY with his band THE LOVERS. Still in great demand Tom travels the width and breath of the UK and has built up an incredible following for his Acoustic performances

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REELY JIGERED (Sat 9.00pm-10.30pm)with DCR presenter FIONA McNEIL are joined on the line up of top entertainment by TEN GALLEN BRATZ (Sun 4.30pm-6.30pm) who supported REELY JIGERED  at the incredible Launch of their second Album KALEIDOSCOPE at Glasgows Oran Mor recently .

REELY JIGGERED fresh from their sell out concerts in Islay’s Port Charlotte as part of their KALEIDOSCOPE ISLAND TOUR are sure to have the BREWERY Jumping on Saturday night.

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Many listeners will remember the fabulous Headlining  Performance of TRAIL WEST(Sun at the recent DIZZY DAYZ concert held in the Argyll Gardens when the boys  hailing from the Western Isles treated the crowds with tunes from their debut Album “ONE THAT GOT AWAY”              

TRAIL WEST have been busy this week performing at  Hootananny in Inverness as part no “Cearcall Ciuil”(Pub Music Trail) for The Royal National Mod Fringe Programme and the DCR Girls in Inverness tell us they too are sure to have the BREWERY Jumping on Sunday night.

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A band who certainly made a great impressions recently at KYLES FESTIVAL and FYNE FEST are GROUCHO SESSIONS (Sat 5.30pm-8.oopm) an acoustic blues, folk and country group of young men with some very well known “been around” faces who do really know how to party, some would say they should know better at their………………..

Listen out on Dunoon Community radio as we keep you up to-date with any BeerFest news and listen out for music from the artist appearing and their may be the occasional chats with performers



Abair latha ann an Inbhir Nis an diugh! Gheibhear fiosrachadh mun fheadhainn a fhuair na duaisean air an làrach-lìn againn

What a fantastic day in Inverness today! You’ll find all the results from last Saturday on The  Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd) website via following link:

In the meantime here are  the highlights of todays exciting competitions including the Choral and Gold Medal Finals

Photos to follow very soon.

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Quartet Competition Senior Open

1st  Na Boireannaich Eile The Stornoway Gaelic Choir Cup £30 (An Comunn Gaidhealach)
The Marshall Stormonth Memorial Trophy for the highest mark in Music
2nd CòrdadhThe Ian Crighton Memorial Trophy for the highest mark in Gaelic
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1st Iain Gordon, Inbhir Narann - The Largs Trophy £30 (An Comunn Gàidhealach)

2nd Iain Blair, Isle of Skye£20 (An Comunn Gàidhealach)


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Choral Rural 

1st Còisir Ghàidhlig an t-Sratha -The Lorn Shield -The Mrs Catherine C MacDonald Silver Baton to the Choir Conductor (Karen MacRae) £100 (An Comunn Gàidhealach)   The Captain Angus Stewart Trophy for the highest marks in Music

2nd Còisir Ghàidhlig Mhealbhaich£60 (An Comunn Gàidhealach)

3rd  Còisir Sgìr a’ BhacHamish Graham (Strath) Trophy for the highest marks in Gaelic A300, A305 and A306Sandy Herron Cup for the highest marks in Music A300, A305 and A306   £40 (An Comunn Gàidhealach)

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Choral Rural 

1st  Còisir Ghàidhlig an Eilein MhuilichThe Sheriff MacMaster Campbell Memorial Quaich=The Selma Shield for the highest marks in Gaelic (Shared with Còisir Ghàidhlig Ìle)  The Grace Robertson Memorial Baton for conductor of the choir gaining highest marks in Music(Elizabeth Jack)  £60 (Royal Mail)

2nd Còisir Ghàidhlig Ìle   £50 (Royal Mail)

3rd =Bùrach =Còisir Ghàidhlig Thaigh an Uillt   £40 (Royal Mail)

The Grace Robertson Memorial Baton to the conductor (John Brozovsky)  of the choir (Lairg Gaelic Choir) gaining the highest marks in Music

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Choral Rural Open – Ladies 

1st Còisir Sgìr a’ BhacGrampian Television Trophy£50 (Royal Mail)   Angus MacTavish Memorial Trophy  for the highest marks in Gaelic

2nd  Còisir Ghàidhlig an Eilean Mhuilich £30 (Royal Mail)Rotary Club of Blairgowrie Trophy for the highest marks in Music

3rd Lochs Gaelic Choir£20 (Royal Mail)

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Choral Rural Puirt-a-Beul

1st Lochs Gaelic ChoirAline MacKenzie Memorial TrophyJohn Young Memorial Baton to the conductor (Ronald Murray)   £50 Royal Mail  Evelyn Huckbody Memorial Trophy for the highest marks in Music  Calum Robertson Memorial Trophy for the highest marks in Gaelic

2nd Còisir Sgìr a’ Bhac£30 Royal Mail

3rd Còisir Ghàidhlig Ìle£20 Royal Mail

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Gold Medal Final Ladies

1st  Eilidh NicCarmaig, Port RìghAn Comunn Gàidhealach Gold Medal   The Islander Shield   £75 (An Comunn Gàidhealach)   The Donald Thomson Prize (£35)   An Comunn Gàidhealach Prize for the highest aggregate marks in Music (£25)

2nd =Ceitlin LR Smith, Eilean Leòdhais

=Ainsley V Hamill, Càrdanros£35 (An Comunn Gàidhealach)

4th Isabel NicLeòid, Càrlabhagh£20 (An Comunn Gàidhealach)

Ceitlin LR Smith, Eilean LeòdhaisAn Comunn Gàidhealach Prize for the 2nd highest aggregate marks in Music (£20)

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Gold Medal Final Men

1st  Aonghas MacLeòid, Inbhir NisThe An Comunn Gaidhealach Gold MedalThe Islander Shield  The Archie Maclean Memorial Salver for the highest marks in GS224   The Gold Medal Prize in Memory of Innis Macleod, Shawbost  £75 (An Comunn Gàidhealach)  The Donald Thomson Prize for the highest aggregate marks in Gaelic (£35)  The Gilbert MacPhail Prize for the highest aggregate marks in Music (£25)

2nd  Domhnall Iain MacIlleDhuinn, Glaschu£35 (An Comunn Gàidhealach)The Donald Thomson Prize for the 2nd highest aggregate marks in Gaelic (£20)   The Gilbert MacPhail Prize for the 2nd highest aggregate marks in Music (£20)

3rd John Howieson, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach£25 (An Comunn Gàidhealach)

4th Iain Gordon, Inbhir Narann£20 (An Comunn Gàidhealach)






 Thursday 16th October,

Highland Dancing, Gold Medal Finals Tradition Gold Medal Final

Friday 17th October

Lovat & Tullibardine , Margrat Duncan, Concert

Saturday 18th October

Massed choirs- Procession through Inverness and congregate at Inverness Castle

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Thèid farpais crìochnachaidh an t-Seann Nòis a chumail an ath oidhche aig 7.30f ann an Cùirt Eden.

The Traditional Final will take place tomorrow evening at 7.30pm in Eden Court  .

The running order is as follows:
1. Kirsty Netta NicFhionghuin, Tobar Mhoire
2. Neil MacRisnidh, Càrlabhagh
3. Ceitlin L R Smith, Eilean Leòdhais
4. Ruairidh MacCarmaig, Port Rìgh
5. Karen Elder, Barraigh
6. Tormod MacLeòid, Càrlabhagh
7. Ellen NicDhòmhnaill, Inbhir Nis
8. Torquil MacLeòid, Steòrnabhagh
9. Kerrie Finlay, A’ Mhanachainn

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Thèid farpais crìochnachaidh am Bonn Òir a chumail madainn a-màireach (Diardaoin) aig 9m ann an Cùirt Eden.

The Gold Medal Final will take place tomorrow morning at 9am in Eden Court.

The running order for the Gold Final is as follows:
1. Ceitlin L R Smith, Eilean Leòdhais
2. Iain Gordon, Inbhir Narann
3. Isabel NicLeòid, Càrlabhagh
4. Dòmhnall-Iain MacIlleDhuinn, Glaschu
5. Eilidh NicCarmaig, Port Rìgh
6. Aonghas MacLeòid, Inbhir Nis
7. Ainsley V Hamill, Càrdanros
8. John Howieson, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach

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Thèid farpais crìochnachaidh an Aigeallan Airgid a chumail a-nochd, ann an Cùirt Eden aig 7.30f.

The Silver Pendant Final will take place this evening at 7.30pm in Eden Court. The running order is as follows:

1. Kirsten Laurie, Ìle
2. Fergus Muir, Ìle
3. Donna Dugdale, Tobar Mhoire
4. Iain Eachann Ros, Inbhir Nis
5. Ellen L Beard, Dùn Èideann
6. Hector Mackechnie, Samharaidh
7. Rena Gertz, Prestonpans
8. Campbell Mackenzie, Steòrnabhagh

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Another busy day for our DCR presenters and correspondents in Inverness as Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd) continues today when we will see budding writers, artists, song writers and even radio and TV presenters all given the chance to shine.  Commonly known as ‘Literature Day’ twenty three awards are to be handed out in a special ceremony to be held in the Eden Court at 12.00pm,climaxing in the presentation of the Gaelic Learner of the Year Award.

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The participants of the literature awards submitted their entries a number of weeks ago, but today will see the medalists announced.  Talented winners include Catriona Bain from Gress in Lewis who has won ‘writing’ in the 13-15 age category, as well as the Falkirk Tryst Trophy – the award for the overall highest score of the literary entries (full list of winners attached).  It has been a successful week for the talented 15 year old who has already won the ‘An Comunn Gàidhealach Silver Medal’ for girls aged 13-15 and gold in the 13-18 year old Storytelling competition.

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Also today the Adult solo singing competitions will also begin, including the Gold Medal Qualifying, the Silver Pendant Final and Traditional Gold Medal qualifying.

The adult solo Gold medal qualifying is one of the most anticipated of the festival.

Ainsley Hamill Silver Pendant winner from last year and the singer in the band Barluath who we saw perform on Monday night as part of The Mòd Fring  is entering the competition in the hope of adding another medal to her collection.

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The Traditional Gold medal qualifying and the Silver Pendant Final will also add to the excitement of the day, as the best Gaelic singers from across the country compete.  Other competitions today include drama, clarsach, conversation and reading.




Today ‘The Children’s Mòd’ continues as over 1000 boys and girls under 18 compete in 37 competitions at Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd), taking place in Inverness, as part of the Highland Homecoming celebrations. Young Gaelic speakers at all levels will enter competitions in singing, poetry and storytelling.  It will bring the total number of junior competitions to 92, with a 10% increase in the number of competitors from 2013.

For pre-schoolers that aren’t quite ready to compete, ‘Ceilidh Beag A’ Mhòid’ took place this morning at the  Inverness Leisure providing  entertainment for pre-school toddlers and their parents  giving them the chance to get involved in The Mòd.

The event is part of the festival’s fringe and the day’s junior competitors will be able to celebrate at another programmed highlight, the ‘Children’s Gaelic Disco’ to be held this evening 7pm-9pm, at the British Legion.

Amongst other Fringe events today is ‘Music of the Clarsach’ 1pm, at the Inverness Town House featuring world renowned Catriona Mackay Tonight the CalMac evening concert will take place at the Eden Court  starring Fèis Ros.

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It was announced at the The Royal National Mòd Press Conference this morning that the University of the Highlands and Islands is using The Mòd as a platform to launch its second Gaelic Language Plan today, having been the first higher education institution to produce a plan in 2010.  They have set out the university’s strategy for continuing to promote and develop the use of Gaelic through its practices, curriculum and communications until 2018. Proposals include producing more bilingual resources, encouraging staff to learn Gaelic as part of their development plans and holding more Gaelic events (

Continuing the investment in Gaelic-medium education and resources, The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has also launched its first ever Gaelic resource for schools.  The lifesaving charity has a UK and Republic of Ireland wide Youth Education programme designed to save lives at sea by conveying safety messages to young people in school.  It will be the first time there has been a resource in Gaelic, which could prove to be a lifesaving move


Tomorrow Wednesday  we look forward to events at the Eden Court including the  

Literature Awards, Gold medal Qualifying, Silver Pendant Final,

Drama Finals —  Eden Court (One Touch Theatre)                                                                       

Traditional Gold Medal Qualifying