13/09/19

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to provide extra €350,000 for re-instatement of Briery Gap Theatre and Library

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, has confirmed that her Department will provide an additional €350,000 to support the re-instatement of the Briery Gap Theatre and Library in Macroom, Co Cork.

The theatre and library, which is owned and managed by Cork County Council, was damaged by a fire in 2016 and has been closed ever since. In 2017, the Department, under an arts and cultural capital scheme, awarded a grant of €250,000 towards its re-instatement.

Minister Madigan today confirmed that, following a thorough evaluation process, the department will provide an additional allocation to support Cork County Council’s ambitious plans for the facility. make an additional contingent allocation of €350k to the Briery Gap restoration in light of Cork County Council’s request for additional support over and above the €250k allocation already in place.

Minister Madigan commented, “I’m delighted to be able to provide this support to Briery Gap. Together with the additional funding streams, it should ensure that the re-instatement of this important cultural and community facility can be expedited.”

“This Government places a high value on culture and the arts. We appreciate that they add hugely to our lives and our communities. We have already made significant progress on our public commitment to double funding for culture, heritage and the Gaeltacht by 2025. Today’s announcement is another example of our commitment to the development of culture and arts throughout all of Ireland.”

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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