Most significant investment ever seen in the arts in Ireland announced

The most significant investment ever seen in the arts in Ireland has been announced this morning.

3 arts centres in Cavan and Monaghan have been allocated over 1 million euro for development.

The funding is being made available as part of the €9 million arts and culture capital scheme.

The Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys is unveiling the details of the national funding this morning at a special event in Cavan Town Hall.

Cavan Town Hall is set to receive funding of €750,000 for the redevelopment of the building as a fit for purpose arts and cultural centre.

The Patrick Kavanagh Centre in Inniskeen is being awarded €188,636 to allow for major structural refurbishment of the building, including re-roofing, re-wiring, new public toilets and improvements to the car parking facilities.

The old Post Office in Clones will receive a grant of €144,077 to allow for it to be redeveloped as a arts studio and community hub.

Heather Humphreys says the substantial investment is due to the economic recovery of the country.


A total of 56 cultural organisations will benefit from this capital investment, including theatres, heritage centres, galleries, archives, integrated arts centres, artist studios, and creative and performance spaces.

The Riverbank Arts Centre in Kildare and the Wexford Arts Centre are each to receive 1 million euro in the grant allocation.

Minister Humphreys said of the 9 million euro, over 85 per cent is going to projects outside Dublin and described it as the most significant investment in regional arts and cultural centres in a decade.