Our artists need the space and freedom to truly flourish
During the past few weeks, many stimulating articles and letters have appeared in your paper relating to Aosdána.
As an attempt to rise above the arguments and politics, I wish to inform your readers that the President of Ireland performs a very important ceremonial role in relation to Aosdána. Since its foundation in 1981, the President has always presented the Golden Torc to the elected Saoithe. In the past, these have included our two Nobel Laureates - the playwright Samuel Beckett and the poet Seamus Heaney.
George Morrison (95 years of age) is the wonderful filmmaker who gave us the iconic 'Mise Éire'. This year, he was elected A Saoi by the members of Aosdána and on March 9, he was presented with the Golden Torc by President Michael D Higgins in the Arts Council Offices, Merrion Square. It was a very celebratory and moving occasion for all who attended.