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Clare ‘County of Culture’ initiative launched

irish musicClare County Council will lead an initiative to promote County Clare as a county of culture during 2016 to coincide with the designation of Ennis as the host town for next year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.  

The initiative will incorporate the development of a year long programme of cultural events, to be promoted nationally and internationally, around the prestigious annual event which is expected to attract up to 400,000 people to the Clare County Capital in August 2016.

The announcement was made at this afternoon’s March Monthly Meeting of Clare County Council at which the Elected Members pledged their unanimous support for the initiative

“Securing Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann provides a unique opportunity for the people of Clare to celebrate their County’s rich cultural legacy and to promote Clare as a county of culture  to a national and international audience,” said Cllr. John Crowe, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council.

“Clare County Council is committed to creating a comprehensive programme that highlights and strengthens Clare’s reputation as the spiritual home of Irish traditional music and as a county of culture to ensure the economic and cultural benefits of hosting next year’s event are felt countywide,” said Cllr. Crowe.

Pictured outside the headquarters of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann in Monkstown Dublin on Saturday last for the Ard Chomhairle vote on the Fleadh were Clare delegation members (l to r) Rory Casey, Abbey Branch of Comhaltas, Gerard Dollard, Director of Service Clare County Council; Tom Coughlan, Chief Executive Clare County Council, Cathaoirleach, Cllr. John Crowe, Frank Whelan, Micheal O Riabhaigh and Joe Arkins all of the Abbey Branch of Comhaltas.

Pictured outside the headquarters of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann in Monkstown Dublin on Saturday last for the Ard Chomhairle vote on the Fleadh were Clare delegation members (l to r) Rory Casey, Abbey Branch of Comhaltas, Gerard Dollard, Director of Service Clare County Council; Tom Coughlan, Chief Executive Clare County Council, Cathaoirleach, Cllr. John Crowe, Frank Whelan, Micheal O Riabhaigh and Joe Arkins all of the Abbey Branch of Comhaltas.

Clare is already home to more than 150 festivals and cultural events each year, many of which celebrate the County’s lengthy and celebrated association with Irish traditional music in places like Doolin, Feakle, Ennis and Miltown Malbay.

“In Clare, we love our traditional Irish music. It is the beating heart of The Banner County. Traditional music is engrained in our culture and in every community the length and breadth of Clare. This rich tradition and the existing cultural festivals throughout Clare will be central to the overall initiative which will promote our county of culture programme,” stated Cllr. Crowe.

“The success of Ennis’ bid for the 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann creates the perfect platform to create an ambitious programme that promotes the outstanding cultural attributes of the county,” commented Tom Coughlan, Chief Executive of Clare County Council.

Outlining Clare County Council’s lead role in promoting Clare as a “County of Culture”, Mr. Coughlan said: “The groups and organisations that have worked together on a bid for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann during the past five years have acquired the capability and expertise for hosting such large scale events and delivering ambitious cultural programmes. I am confident the wider community will fully support such a programme, while the endorsement of the Elected Members means the Council and its partners can now plan a programme that delivers a compelling reason for people at home and abroad to visit Clare during 2016 and to enjoy the unique cultural experience which Clare has to offer”.

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