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Press launch Wed 30 April at 11 AM at An Grianán Theatre
Mayor Paschal Blake’s Project for 2014 – An Grianán Theatre to receive facelift
Letterkenny Town Mayor Paschal Blake will unveil the plans to renovate the large plaza to the front of An Grianán Theatre at a press launch on Wed 30 April at 11am.
This area is receiving a facelift under the supervision of Town Gardener David Donnelly and Town Engineer John McCarron. With An Grianán Theatre now 15 years old, this area was in need of renovation with some hard winters taking a particular toll on the tiles and steps. Work has already commenced to rectify these problems and as the project progresses the plaza will be made more attractive with new trees, plant pots and benches. There will also be a new lighting scheme incorporating recessed ground lights as well as flood lighting of the front of the theatre.
New Town Clock
The centrepiece of this new scheme will be the new town clock, specially commissioned from local artist Christy Keeney and constructed by Joe Bonnar Metalcraft. This central feature will have a prominent place above the door of the theatre’s main entrance. The finishing touches to the scheme includes paint work for the theatre’s facade with expert advice on the colour scheme provided by the consultants Anne McKeever and Clare McDonough from La Maison Interior Design.
Mayor Paschal Blake, who is coming to the end of his term of office has chosen this particular project to mark his mayorship. The project is due to be completed in May ahead of the international Irish Aerial Dance Fest in June and the Earagail Arts Festival in July.
An Grianán Theatre opened in October 1999 and rapidly earned a reputation for artistic excellence and accessibility under its Director Patricia McBride who has steered the theatre from day one. Now established as an integral part of Donegal’s cultural landscape, An Grianán has worked in close partnership with other key players, both within the county and on the national stage, to invigorate and develop the local arts scene. Boasting a 383 capacity auditorium, this state of the art facility is committed to presenting the best in drama, music, comedy and much more. The theatre is open to the public all day where they can avail of the excellent café and bar, view art exhibitions and attend some of the outstanding shows which it hosts. An Grianán is somewhat unique among regional theatre in also producing its own quality touring Drama productions.
An Grianán Theatre is a registered charity and receives annual funding from the Donegal County Council, the Letterkenny Town Council, the Dept of Social Protection and the Arts Council/Chomhairle Ealaion.
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