18/08/2011 – ‘The Living Tradition – An Traidisiún Beo’ presenting the history of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann 1951-2011 – Deenihan

Jimmy Deenihan T.D. Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht officially opened the new exhibition ‘The Living Tradition – An Traidisiún Beo’ in Cavan County Museum today (Thursday 18th August, 2011). This unique Exhibition celebrates 60 years of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann 1951 – 2011.

Opening the exhibition Minister Deenihan said “the exhibition is a collaboration between Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and Cavan County Museum and provides a rich history of CCÉ in a stimulating, innovative and informative way. The aim of the exhibition is to present the history and development of one of Ireland’s most important cultural movements.”

Using interactive media and engaging exhibition displays, ‘The Living Tradition’ records the significant contribution made by CCÉ to the culture of Ireland and the many nations in which it is represented overseas.

Minister Deenihan also said that he particularly noted that the exhibition will travel to the Comhaltas Regional Centres throughout Ireland and abroad and will be used to promote interest in Ireland as a Cultural Tourism Destination.

“The exhibition also highlights the people who in many cases were not performers themselves, but who started and organised new branches of Comhaltas in Ireland, Britain, America and elsewhere. I want also to congratulate Cavan County Museum on attaining the title of Accredited Museum under the National Heritage Council Museum Standards Programme for Ireland during 2010” added Minister Deenihan.

The exhibition presents a veritable history of traditional Irish music, song and dance from the early 1950’s to the present day, with many previously unpublished pictures of many traditional Irish performers and CCÉ members.

In conjunction with the return of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann to Cavan for the 2nd year running in 2011, the exhibition will feature a special display on the exciting phenomenon of the Fleadh. For the first time ever, we can travel on a journey back over 60 years of County, Provincial, All Ireland and Overseas fleadhanna, all presented together featuring highlights from the Comhaltas archives and collections.


Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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