Housebuilder marks Gaelic roots with festival sponsorship

Andrew Mickel

HOUSEBUILDER Mactaggart & Mickel has announced it is to mark the firm’s Gaelic heritage by sponsoring the Royal National Mòd, being held in Glasgow this month.

Organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach, the Royal National Mòd is returning to Glasgow for the first time in almost 30 years.

The return of the festival to the city offered Mactaggart & Mickel, whose HQ are in Glasgow, the opportunity to re-engage with the company’s Gaelic roots.

Captain Murdoch Archibald Mactaggart, who was born on Islay, has been recognised in the Royal National Mòd for several years with the Col Murdoch Mactaggart Memorial Trophy, which is awarded as part of the bagpiping competition.

Andrew Mickel, director of Mactaggart & Mickel explained, “My grandfather, Alec Mactaggart, was born on Islay and his first language was Gaelic. My great uncle is honoured with the Col Murdoch Mactaggart Memorial Trophy which is awarded at the Royal National Mòd, so Gaelic has been a big part of not only my family life but also our company history here at Mactaggart & Mickel.

“With these important family ties, we are absolutely thrilled to be sponsoring Mòd Ghlaschu 2019, which promises to be a major celebration and nine days of wonderful Gaelic music and culture that will be showcased across the city for the first time in 30 years.”

D-I Brown, chair of the local organising committee (LOC) for Mòd Ghlaschu added, “The LOC are delighted to receive the much welcome sponsorship from Mactaggart & Mickel. This is a Mòd for the people, whether you’re a Gaelic speaker or not, we have organised a fringe programme that is reflective of multi-cultural Glasgow and to have assembled a range of musicians and performers who are collaborating to deliver an ambitious programme of events between the 10 and 19 of October.”