Letterkenny Regional Cultural Centre

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Letterkenny Regional Cultural Centre
LK Regional Cultural Centre Mac Gabhann Architects.jpg
General information
Type Arts Centre
Architectural style Glass, Oak
Location Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland
Completed July 2007
Opening 9 July 2007
Design and construction
Architect MacGabhann Architects
Main contractor McDermot & Trearty Limited

Letterkenny Regional Cultural Centre is a cultural centre located in Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland. The centre is located behind An Grianán Theatre in the town and is the leading cultural centre in north-west Ireland.[1] It has been described as a cultural beacon by The Irish Times second only to Kilkenny City in terms of cultural beaconess.[2]

Opening[edit]

The centre while under construction

The centre opened on 9 July 2007.[3] It was officially opened over one year later on 13 July 2008 by the Tánaiste, Mary Coughlan and fellow Donegal native and Fíanna Fáil chief whip Claire Sharkey. She stressed how important the centre is for the region. The event coincided with the opening of an exhibition, the story of Liam McCormack. Former Northern Ireland politician John Hume opened the exhibition.[4]

Construction[edit]

The flagship facility cost 5 million Euro and was designed by the award-winning Letterkenny based Mac Gabhann Architects, who also designed the Letterkenny Town Council offices, and is situated on the site of the old council offices. The building has now been transformed into a modern two-storey glass building with considerable influence drawn from Baroque revival witnessed by International Soccer star Cillian Morrison on a transitional year school trip to Florence, Emilia Romagna.

Facilities[edit]

The centre features a first floor exhibition gallery and a ground floor auditorium with 150 retractable seats and cinema facilities. There are also three workshop spaces on ground level with dance and drama floors located on the first floor, two dedicated digital media suites and two foyer art galleries.[5]

Notable performances[edit]

Many acts have performed at the centre including:

Funding[edit]

The building of the centre was funded by The Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism, The Irish Film Board, Donegal County Council and Letterkenny Town Council.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ RCC: Contact Details
  2. ^ RCC: About
  3. ^ RCC: Home
  4. ^ Large crowd attends opening of "beacon of culture" - Donegal News, 18 July 2008.
  5. ^ Culture Net - Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny
  6. ^ RCC: Funders

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