The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem Postage Stamp
Joan Clancy and her daughters Blawnin, Rayleen and Rosemary are honoured by the release by An Post of a postage stamp honouring the contribution of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem in bringing Irish music to an international audience.
The stamp can be purchased on the An Post web site.
The Irish Examiner
7th November 2006
Four renowned groups are being featured on postage stamps in recognition of their role in bringing Irish msic to an international audience.
The new Irish postage stamps issued today depict The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem; The Dubliners; The Chieftains and Altan.
An Post chairwoman, Margaret McGinley said: "Each stamp comprises a snapshot in time and depicts the group at a particular point in their own unique history.
"The fact that these groups continue to develop their music and to dazzle and delight their fans – as an ensemble or as individual musicians – is testament to their musical brilliance."
The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem first emerged on the American folk scene in 1955. The late Paddy, Tom and Bobby Clancy were survived by their brother Liam who celebrated the stamp launch with Tommy Makem.
The Dubliners – Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna and John Sheahan - were featured on a 48c stamp.
The Chieftains who have collaborated with musicians Frank Zappa, Emmylou Harris and Van Morrison were also pictured. The founding members of Altan, who achieved gold and platinum albums and continue to tour, were featured on a 75c stamp.
Ms McGinley said: "We remember today those shining stars of Irish Music no longer with us but who have left a rich and lasting legacy of music and lyrics. In particular we remember Derek Bell of the Chieftains; Ciaran Bourke and Luke Kelly of the Dubliners; Brothers Paddy, Tom and Bobby Clancy and Frankie Kennedy of Altan."