Altan to be honoured by Donegal County Council

Contribution to Irish traditional music to be recognised with civic reception

Declan Magee


Declan Magee

Altan collection to be launched in Donegal Gaeltacht


One of Donegal’s most successful musical exports is to be honoured by Donegal County Council.
Altan formed in 1987 and have played at venues around the world including the White House and the Sydney Opera House.
The group was formed by Gaoth Dobhair native Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, her brother Gearóid, Eithne Ní Bhraonáin -who was to become known as Enya - and Frankie Kennedy.
The band’s line-up has changed over the years and with Frankie's death from cancer in 1994, Mairéad is the only surviving member of the original group.
Altan released their latest studio album The Gap of Dreams earlier this month.
A civic reception for Altan in recognition of their contribution to Irish traditional music and the fact that they have
been excellent ambassadors for Donegal over the past thirty years is to be discussed at Monday’s meeting of Donegal County Council.