Winners in 2002 NC Provincial Gaelic Mod at
Grandfather Mountain, Saturday, 14 July, were:
Best Female Gaelic Soloist:
Stephanie Johnston, Asheville, NC; 2nd, Anne Landin, Siler City, NC;
3rd, Cheryl Benz, Raleigh, NC. Best Male Soloist: Harry
MacKenzie, Baltimore, MD; 2nd, Gerald Daniel, Fayetteville, NC; 3rd, a
tie between Christopher Justus, Hendersonville, NC, and Donald F.
MacDonald, Edinburgh, Scotland; Honorable Mention, Mary Bennett Baxley,
Little Rock, Arkansas.
Prizes were trophies for the two 1st
Place Winners, plus books on the Gaelic language for all as well as
Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, provided by the Grandfather Mountain
Highland Games. Judges were Mairi Sine Lamont of Cape Breton and Dr
Jamie MacDonald of Antigonish, residents of the Gaelic-speaking areas of
Nova Scotia, Canada.
The Gaelic language, still spoken in Nova
Scotia and in the Western Isles and Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland, was
the Mother Tongue of approximately 30,000 immigrants who came to North
Carolina from the Scottish Highlands in the last quarter of the 18th and
the first quarter of the 19th centuries. The language began to die out
in the Cape Fear Valley region of NC before and during the War Between
the States, but remained in a few areas of the Old North State until as
late as World War I.
Donald F. MacDonald of Charlotte, North Carolina and Edinburgh,