by Ciara Mannion
A sum of €300,000 has been assigned to two of Galway’s premier Arts and Cultural Facilities.
The funding for Galway City Museum and the Town Hall Theatre is part of Sean Kyne (Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources)’s Department of Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016-2018.
The Town Hall Theatre has been assigned €118,129 while Galway City Museum has been assigned €180,280.
Minister of State Kyne stated “This investment is a great boost for Galway’s vibrant arts and cultural sector. The funding will help Galway City Museum in attracting new and return visitors while the funding for the Town Hall Theatre will help support its productions, grow local and visit audiences and ensure the venue’s accessibility for all patrons.”
He continued, “The funding is part of a €9 million investment by Minister Humphreys which is the most significant investment in over a decade. Furthermore, over 85 percent of the funding is being allocated to projects and facilities outside of Dublin in line with the key elements of the Action Plan for Rural Development to support arts and cultural facilities across the country.
“The almost €300,000 investment in Galway City Museum and the Town Hall Theatre is also a boost to Galway’s preparations to become European City of Culture 2020.”
It is believed that the funding will contribute to the current environmental issues associated with the Museum and its lighting system. Meanwhile, the heating system, digital projector and security system will all be improved for the Town Hall.