Ó Fearraigh Congratulates ‘Altan’ at Civic Reception in Recognition of Band’s Achievements

Sinn Féin Councillor John Sheamais Ó Fearraigh has offered his congratulations to the members of Irish Traditional music group ‘Altan’ at a civic reception at Donegal County Council offices in Lifford this evening (Monday) held in honour of the band’s tremendous achievements over the years.


Speaking at the ceremony, which was proposed by Cllr Ó Fearraigh, he said:


“I am truly delighted that my motion that the Council host a civic reception in honour of Altan was unanimously accepted and supported by my fellow members of Donegal County Council.


“Altan has being entertaining and inspiring audiences and music enthusiasts both here at home and across the globe for many years now and, ever since its early days, the group has displayed an unwavering commitment to traditional Irish music and song; bringing it into the main stream and on to the world stage.

“It's little wonder then that its members are often regarded as some of the greatest musicians to have come from this island. 

“In fact lead vocalist, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, is often recognised as one of the great female singers to hail from Ireland, something which is no mean feat considering that she stands alongside the likes of Mary Black, Moya Brennan and Sinéad O'Connor, to name but a few who are also mentioned in the same breathe.

“And while Altan has gone on to enjoy astounding international success and acclaim, they have never forgotten their roots.

“And despite all their success, the band has done much to promote our country and indeed this county and  I can think of few other ambassadors as deserving of such recognition and praise as Altan in this regard.

“For years, the band has performed to generations of Irish people who've left these shores and they've played to Irish immigrants in clubs and pubs across the US and elsewhere and, in doing so, they've offered Irish communities abroad a real and meaningful connection to home.

“It's important therefore that we recognise this work, and the role Altan has played, not just in promoting Irish music, song and tradition, but also in helping our Diaspora when they were all but forgotten about by Governments and officialdom over the years.

“Today, I am delighted that Donegal County Council has taken this initiative to host this Civic Reception in recognition and in celebration of the band’s achievements. 

“On behalf of my colleagues, I want to reiterate my congratulations to the band for receiving this honour, and I want to thank them for all that they have done for this county, in promoting not just our musical tradition, but also for acting as proud ambassadors for Donegal and its people - Go raibh maith agaibh.”