05/08/15

Minister Humphreys launches the Comhaltas 1916 Centenary Programme

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, is today launching the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCE) 1916 Centenary Programme at Brú Ború, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.

Highlights of the Comhaltas Centenary Programme include:

  • ‘Macalla 1916’ is a new suite of music being composed by Co Monaghan composer, Michael Rooney, which will be premiered at the special State reception for 1916 relatives on March 26th 2016
  • A nationwide concert tour of Macalla 1916 will be held at venues across the country over Easter 2016 and in October 2016. It will also tour overseas in North America in late 2016 with the support of Culture Ireland.
  • A major 1916 themed pageant will form part of the official open of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis, Co Clare on August 14th 2016
  • The winners of the 2015 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will perform at the official State reception in Dublin Castle on Easter Sunday 2016
  • Ceremonies to mark the centenary of the Rising will be held by the 420 branches of Comhaltas worldwide

Speaking today, Minister Humphreys said:

“I am delighted that Comhaltas has put together such an ambitious programme for 2016. Just last weekend the commemoration of the funeral of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa kicked off the State’s ceremonial calendar for the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. Now, more and more organisations like Comhaltas are announcing their own plans for 2016, which will complement the Government’s extensive programme.

“Comhaltas has an incredibly proud tradition of promoting Irish culture at home and abroad. Its 420 branches across the globe are a thriving source of Irish music, song, dance and storytelling, and I have no doubt that Comhaltas members will enthusiastically embrace its centenary celebrations for next year.

“Members of the public are also in for a treat with a series of Comhaltas concerts planned for across the country over Easter 2016. I am pleased too that my Department’s Culture Ireland will be supporting the international element of the Comhaltas 2016 programme. By working with organisations like Comhaltas and the GAA I am confident that we can bring the 2016 commemorations to communities in every county across the country.”

Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú, Ardstiúrthóir Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, said:

“Our cultural identity was central to the aspirations and motivation of the 1916 Easter Rising. This was evident in the poetry, songs and writings of the leadership and others. This is encapsulated in the slogan “Éire ní hamháin saor ach Gaelach chomh maith”. This cultural emphasis is reflected in the ethos of Comhaltas and will define our extensive centenary programme at home and worldwide”.

ENDS

Note to Editors:

The Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, led by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, T.D., is a year-long programme of activity to commemorate the events of the 1916 Rising, to reflect on our achievements over the last 100 years and to look towards Ireland’s future.

The programme includes seven strands: State Ceremonial; Historical Reflection; An Teanga Bheo/The Living Language; Youth and Imagination; Cultural Expression; Community Participation; Global and Diaspora.

For full details please visit www.ireland.ie

For further information on Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann please visit www.comhaltas.ie

Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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