GAA win brings back culture award memories for Siamsa Tire

WHILE the GAA were feted as the first Irish winners' of the European Citizen's Prize earlier this month it is worth noting that a well known Tralee based group, Siamsa Tire, took home a European citizens many years previously when they won a forerunner of the Euro award.

The announcement of the GAA win brought back happy memories for the many members of Siamsa Tíre, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland, who won a major cultural European prize not long after the Republic's entry to the then EEC.

Like the GAA, Siamsa received the massive honour for its work in preserving a key aspect of nation's heritage - in its case, our songs, music and traditional dance.

That prize was awarded by the FVS Foundation in Hamburg, Germany, in recognition of Siamsa's 'praiseworthy efforts in preserving and reviving traditional folk-music and folk-dancing, and in particular for their admirable work in the promotion of folk theatre in Ireland'.

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