Aosdána, the affiliation of creative artists in Ireland elected 3 new members at its General Assembly at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham today, bringing its total membership to 247. Those elected were Frances Hegarty, Patrick McCabe, and Tommy Peoples.

Aosdána was established in 1981 by The Arts Council in order to honour those artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Ireland. Membership of Aosdána, which is by peer nomination and election, is limited to 250 living artists, who have produced a distinguished body of work. The membership includes creative artists working in a wide range of disciplines including architecture, choreography, music, literature and the visual arts. Members of the body must have been born in Ireland or have been resident here for five years. Aosdána members are eligible to receive a ‘cnuas’ from the Arts Council - an annuity for a term of five years - to assist them in concentrating their time and energies in the full-time pursuit of their art. It is further recognition of the the importance of traditional music and the major input and role that Tommy Peoples has had over many years.

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