Spring 2005


The news that the Government has generously endorsed the new 5-year Community Culture Development Programme of Comhaltas has been greeted with delight and appreciation throughout the Irish cultural movement at home and abroad.

The support by An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, Minister for Finance Brian Cowen and Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Eamonn Ó Cuiv has given a major boost to Comhaltas in the second half century of its cultural service to the nation. This, indeed, is most welcome news for the indigenous culture of Ireland. It is official recognition and appreciation of the cultural ‘miracle’ (as described by Minister Eamonn Ó Cuiv), which Comhaltas achieved since 1951.

As President Mary McAleese put it: ‘We owe so much to Comhaltas.’

In addition to expressing the nation’s appreciation to an extraordinary movement the Government was surely expressing its confidence in that movement over the coming decades.

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