A mini media scrum on the North Beach Quay marked the start of this year's Royal National Mod in Stornoway with broadcaster and sports journalist Alex O’Henley at the centre of attention.

Marking the opening of this year’s event at the Town Hall, was the presentation of the Gaelic Ambassador of the Year to Alex, ahead of the annual Torchlight Procession through the streets of Stornoway.

In the evening, the opening ceremony will place at the Lewis Sports Centre, presented by the BBC’s and previous Mòd Gold Medal winner, Kirsteen MacDonald, with performances from Gaelic super group Dàimh and the Mischa Macpherson Trio.
The Scottish Government’s 2016 Gaelic Ambassador of the Year was awarded to Alex for his outstanding work with broadcasting since the early 1990s. He commented this was the first award that he had won at a mod since being in primary school.

Born in South Uist, he was the first Gaelic Officer employed by the new Scottish Parliament between 2000 and 2002 and has been UEFA’s Scottish Football Correspondent since 2004.

Alex has reported on European Championships and the Champion’s League and regularly contributes to BBC Rèidio nan Gàidheal on Scottish and European football, as well as commentating on BBC ALBA’s coverage of the SPFL.

Alex was also part of the team who won two consecutive Royal Television Society Scotland awards for documentaries on Jim Baxter and Jock Stein on BBC Alba.