05/12/2013 – Deenihan officially opens The Garage Theatre, Monaghan
Thursday 5th December, 2013—Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, will this evening officially open the newly built Garage Theatre at the new multi-user education campus in Knockaconny, Monaghan.
Located on a 20-acre site of the former Military Baracks, the new theatre was constructed at a cost of €6.5m. The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltact contributed €2,105,000 under the ACCESS II scheme which provides grant aid towards the development of arts and culture infrastructure around the country. To date over €4.2m has been allocated to capital arts projects in County Monaghan including The Garage Theatre.
Situated on the Education Campus which incorporates The Monaghan Institute, Gaelscoil Ultáin, Coláiste Oiriall and a shared sports hall, the new Garage Theatre is ideally located and equipped to facilitate and co-operate in progressing the objectives of the Arts in Education Charter initiated by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht with the Department of Education and Skills.
Speaking ahead of the event Minister Deenihan commented:
“My Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is delighted to be associated with this state of the art theatre. In the context of the Arts in Education Charter this wonderful theatre space is particularly well suited to facilitate many artistic and educational pursuits that will emerge in the coming years. There is no doubt that Monaghan has created a template for similar projects, setting the bar for others to follow.”
The Garage Theatre provides a professional performance space and its central location within the campus means that access for staff and pupils of the three schools is enhanced and its utilisation is substantially increased. Accommodating an audience of up to 300 patrons with a total area of 1940m2, the theatre as with all other buildings on the campus, is fully accessible by less able-bodied patrons.