Nenagh’s E900,000 arts centre was offically opened by the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Jimmy Deenihan, last Monday.
The centre, which is housed in the former Nenagh Town Council building on Banba Square, is used by drama and community groups and includes a 216-seater theatre
Pointing to the historical buildings surrounding the centre - the courthouse, former county jail, the castle and the former Methodist church - Minister Deenihan said that there was no reason why the town could not capitalise on its history in the same way as Kilkenny or Galway.
“The surroundings are quite extraordinary. It is a cluster you would not get get in too many town centres. The work of Nenagh Town Council must be recognised. The town has been transformed and it is a credit to you,” he said.
The Minister also complimented the architects and developers for the work they had done in integrating an old building into a modern facility, and praised former North Tipperary TD Maire Hoctor for securing funding for the centre under the Access II programme.
“You should all be proud of your achievements,” he said.
Full report in this week’s Tipperary Star.