Royal National Mòd

Friday 13 - Saturday 21 October, 2023

Scotland’s premier celebration of Gaelic language and culture will return to Paisley in 2023, bringing thousands of visitors and competitors to the town.

The festival will run from 13 – 21 October 2023 and will feature a range of competitive disciplines including: Gaelic song, poetry, literature, drama, instrumental, Highland dancing and sport.

This year the Mòd was hosted in Perth which saw around 2,100 participants from across the world take part in a total of 200 competitions.

Around 7,500 people are estimated to have visited Perth for the festival and its thought to have contributed around £1million to the local economy.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron attended the closing ceremony in Perth to accept the Mòd flag and the official handover of the festival to Paisley.

She said: “It’s an honour to accept the Mòd flag, signalling the return of the Royal National Mòd to Paisley in 2023, exactly ten years after it was last hosted in the town.

“The Mòd promises to be a fantastic celebration of Gaelic culture and heritage and I’m really looking forward to welcoming competitors and visitors to our area.

“Renfrewshire has a rich Gaelic history. There are currently more than 1,500 residents of Renfrewshire who speak, read or write Gaelic, and recently we welcomed the first of many children to our new Gaelic school at West Primary.

“We’ve been working hard alongside An Comunn Gàidhealach and our Local Organising Committee to prepare for the event and further details about the programme will be announced soon.”

Angus Ferguson, Chair of the Local Organising Committee said: “As someone who was on the 2013 Mòd Phaislig committee I’m delighted that An Comunn and Renfrewshire Council have agreed to bring the Mòd back to Paisley. It’s a great honour to be part of the team delivering Scotland’s premier Gaelic festival and I’m confident Mòd Phaislig 2023 will be a fitting showcase of Gaelic language and culture.

“Paisley’s central location and first class transport links make it easily accessible from all parts of the country and the town’s growing reputation as a cultural centre means it’s ideally suited to host the Mòd.”


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