This means that artists such as musician Manus Lunny can develop a project that pays homage to the writer Edna O’Brien and her relationship with the Donegal Gaeltacht or Cape Clear Island dancer and choreographer Ruairí Ó Donnabháin can work with goldsmith Helle Helsner on a dance piece that considers movement and precious metals.
Commenting on the additional funding Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin T.D., said: “It gives me great pleasure that the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media is able to provide additional support to our wonderful artists working in the Irish language. Their projects are truly inspirational and are a tribute to their unique vision. Our language is a precious jewel and those that are working in it must be cherished and supported.”
Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Gaeltacht and Sport, Jack Chambers T.D., also welcomed this initiative as a demonstration of the Government’s commitment to the development of the arts in the Gaeltacht, in line with commitments made in the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030.
Minister Chambers said: “The creative arts is one of the sectors most affected by COVID-19, while the Gaeltacht is the region most disproportionately impacted, so these bursaries are particularly significant and timely. These artists are doing incredible work at the most difficult time. This funding is an investment in the preservation and promotion of the Irish language and Irish culture at a time when the arts is most needed to lift the nation’s spirits.”
For a full list of the recipients of Ealaín na Gaeltachta please go here.