Winner: Comharchumann Forbartha Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal

Summary

Ó bunaíodh Comharchumann Forbartha Ghaoth Dobhair tá an grúpa deonach seo lárnach i gcaomhnú agus cuir chun cinn na Gaeilge, agus gach gné de chultúr agus d’oidhreacht ceantar Ghaoth Dobhair. Gaoth Dobhair is known as a cradle of traditional culture, with old Irish customs, traditional music, theatre, Gaelic games and the Irish language playing a pivitol role in local lives. The cultural heritage of the area has provided a great source of inspiration for musical artists such as Clannad and Altan. The group’s efforts have resulted in a revival of traditional Irish culture and heritage especially among young people. Since 2008 the group has promoted and provided classes in traditional music, singing, spoken word and drama. The group has played a central role in the recent re-opening of the Irish language theatre, Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair, which will act as a catalyst for the future regeneration of the cultural heritage of this Gaeltacht area.

Group contact: Cathal Gallagher cfgd@eircom.net

Citation

This fantastic self-sustaining initiative in existence for many years is the very essence of what a creative place is in this part of Ireland. Built on the culture of its place over many years with excellent leadership and the wonderful natural talent of its many famous people, this creative place developed a revival of its cultural heritage and now generates income, provides employment and a renowned location for traditional music, singing, spoken word and drama.

Runners Up: Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Co. Offaly and Tallaght Community Arts, South Dublin County Council Area