Aitheantas do Chlannad

Clannad to receive recognition for the platform they have given to the Irish language - a new bursary in their honour to be awarded for an Gaeltacht artist

10 November, 2023

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In Leo’s Tavern today, Údarás na Gaeltachta will host an event to honour Clannad, the internationally renowned music group from the Donegal Gaeltacht, thanking the group for the emphasis they have placed on their native language and  culture throughout their career.

Clannad were founded by Pádraig and Noel Ó Dúgáin with Pól, Ciarán andMáire Uí Bhraonáin i 1970 and have achieved worldwide renown since, winning numerous awards, including the Ivor Novello Award, a Grammy Award and a BAFTA.


To celebrate the impact Clannad have had on the awareness of the Irish language at home and abroad, Údarás na Gaeltachta is awarding a bursary worth €30,000 (€10,000 a year over 3 years) to assist a Gaeltacht artist in developing new work through the medium of Irish.


Údarás na Gaeltachta Chief Executive, Tomás Ó Síocháin, said:

“Clannad brought the music, the songs and the Irish language to a global audience and many people around the world have been inspired to learn Irish as a result of the group’s commitment to their language and culture. They also gave their own Gaeltacht community a further reason to take pride in their own language and heritage. We all share that pride. Údarás na Gaeltachta are delighted to have the opportunity to express our gratitude to them today, and to support another Gaeltacht artist with this new bursary.”


Notes to the Editor

The bursary entails a single grant worth €30,000 – €10,000 a year over 3 years. The scheme is aimed at Gaeltacht artists who are practicing through the medium of Irish in any medium or field of the arts, to support them in developing new work. The bursary will support living costs and the costs associated with the development of a specific project.

The bursary may be used for the purpose of:

  • having another artist as a mentor for a period of time
  • hire or purchase of necessary equipment
  • attending an artists’ residency.

Ealaín na Gaeltachta will administer the scheme on behalf of Údarás na Gaeltachta.

The deadline for entries is 31 January – More information can be found anseo.