Labhrás Receives Pearse Award

It is appropriate in this the centenary year of the 1916 Rising that Labhrás Ó Murchú received this year’s Gradam an Phiarsaigh (Pearse Award) from Fondúireacht an Phiarsaigh. It was presented at a ceremony on Thursday, 7th May, in Cultúrlann na hÉireann, Dublin, by the President of the GAA Aogán Ó Fearghail.

The GAA President said that ‘Labhrás Ó Murchú is regarded as one of the leading figures in Irish cultural and political life over the last six decades. His commitment to Irish culture in its entirety, coupled with his evident talents and abilities, meant that Labhrás quickly became regarded by the founders and membership of Comhaltas Ceoltoírí Éireann as a leading light of the movement and a cultural visionary.’

Labhrás Receives Pearse Award

Labhrás Ó Murchú, Ardstiúrthóir CCÉ, accepts Gradam an Phiarsaigh 2016 from Uachtarán CLG Aogán Ó’ Fearghaíl

Having founded Cumann an Phiarsaigh in Cashel in the 1950’s to promote the ideals of Pearse, Labhrás Ó Murchú was subsequently a founder member of Fondúireacht an Phiarsaigh. He is editor of TREOIR journal and Chairman of the Irish Family History Foundation.

He has received the Dublin Civic Award for his reconciliation and cultural work. Having previously been named Tipperary person of the Year by both the Ireland and Britain Associations respectively, Labhrás Ó Murchú received a civic reception from Tipperary County Council in January 2016, the first ever individual to receive such an award.

Within Oireachtas na hÉireann, too, Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú’s record in is an impressive one. He has been a member of the 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th Seanad, Senator for the Cultural and Educational Panel, Seanad Spokesperson on Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs. He served on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht Committee and was Vice-Chairperson of An Fochoiste um an Stráitéis 20 Bliain do Ghaeilge 2010-2030 agus Rudaí Gaolmhara. In these many roles, he has proved a constant and assiduous worker in areas as diverse as Irish culture and language, the environment, electoral reform and human rights. He was one of the prime movers in having the remains of the executed leader, Thomas Kent, transferred in September 2015 from his burial place in the Cork Military Prison to his local Castlelyons.

Guided by Labhrás’s vision, Comhaltas continues to stress that the diverse cultural heritage of the island of Ireland is a cornerstone of our tourist industry. Thus, in addition to the economic benefits it brings, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann also plays a unique role in promoting reconciliation and co-operation while also fitting with the aims and objectives of Government and Department strategies across the island of Ireland. In 2013 Comhaltas achieved a milestone in the Peace Process when it brought Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Ireland’s premier cultural festival, to Derry. This event attracted a record attendance of 430,000 visitors and generated £50m for the region. This historic All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil was the first time the event was held in the Six Counties. It removed barriers, embraced all communities and was an outstanding example of friendship, reconciliation and co-operation.

The 1980’s saw the development of Brú Ború in Cashel, a state of the art flagship Comhaltas cultural centre under the committed Directorship of Úna Ó Murchú, who was honoured for her contribution to the work of Comhaltas as the 2015 Gradam an Chomhaltais Recipient.

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