Trotternish pupils to the Four at Mòd

CHILDREN from Staffin and Kilmuir swept the boards at the Royal National Mod on Monday (13.10) winning FOUR competitions.

The talented youngsters finished the first day of children’s competition in Inverness with an impressive haul of silverware.

Youngsters from Bun-sgoil Stafainn and Kilmuir Primary teamed up as Clann Thròndairnis to win the folk group category.

The group, made up of Megan MacIver, Jonathan Beaton, Isla MacLeod and Erin Gillies, won top prize and were presented with the Murdo MacFarlane Trophy for under 13-year-olds. Trotternish children previously won the same competition at the 2012 Mòd held in Dunoon.

Councillor Hamish Fraser presents the trophy to the Trotternish pupils.

Councillor Hamish Fraser presents the trophy to the Trotternish pupils.

Skye Highland councillor Hamish Fraser, who is chairman of the local authority’s Gaelic implementation group, said: “I had the honour of presenting the winning trophy in this excellent competition and it was a particular delight to hand it over to Clann Thròndairnis from Skye.

“This is the second time the school has won this trophy so staff, pupils and parents should be really congratulated for their hard work. The standard gets better each year and all the young people taking part should feel very proud of their performances. I’ve every confidence that they will all progress and become successful ambassadors for Gaelic in the future.”

The Trotternish pupils also won the action group, drama (Donald MacDonald Memorial Trophy) and waulking song (The Harris Tweed Authority Award) competitions. The children will be appearing on the BBC’s televised coverage of the Mòd on Monday night.

Isla MacLeod, Megan MacIver, Erin Gillies, Kirsty Henderson, Mia Mutch, Beth Campbell, and in the washing bucket is Lexy Anna MacLeod.

Isla MacLeod, Megan MacIver, Erin Gillies, Kirsty Henderson, Mia Mutch, Beth Campbell, and in the washing bucket is Lexy Anna MacLeod.