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Carthy congratulates Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann on European Citizen’s Prize award

24 January, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann were today presented with European Citizens Prize Award at a special ceremony in Cork. Comhaltas were nominated for the award by Sinn Féin MEP’s Matt Carthy, Martina Anderson, Liadh Ní Riada and Lynn Boylan. 

Speaking today from the ceremony, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midland’s North West, Matt Carthy, extended his congratulations to the organisation and commended them for their work.

Carthy said:

“Comhaltas was nominated by Sinn Féin for the award of the European Citizen’s Prize and their recognition by the European Parliament is fully deserved.

“Comhaltas is the largest group involved in the promotion of Irish Traditional music and Irish Language. It is world renowned and has hundreds of members from across several cultures.

“We nominated Comhaltas because it is an important organisation for our diaspora, many of whom find friends in their new homes by connecting with Comhaltas branches worldwide.

“Comhaltas branches run a number of exchange programmes throughout the EU, which assist in developing the cross border and transnational efforts of other bodies and promotes the development and recognition of Irish culture abroad.

“In 2013, Comhaltas achieved a significant milestone in bringing the Fleadh Ceoil to the city of Derry. This event is one of the largest cultural festivals in Europe and it was the first time in 60 years to hold the event in the north of Ireland. In doing so, Comhaltas reached out in a spirit of inclusivity to the loyalist and unionist community.

“On behalf of myself and my fellow Sinn Féin MEPs, I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations to Comhaltas in being awarded the European Citizen’s Prize and I am delighted to be here today at the ceremony to celebrate with them.”

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