Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe

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An Taibhdhearc
Antaibhdhearc.JPG
Address19 Middle Street
Galway
Ireland
TypeIrish language
Opened1928
Website
http://www.antaibhdhearc.com

An Taibhdhearc is the national Irish language theatre of Ireland. It was founded in 1928.

The word taibhdhearc appears as a gloss for the Latin teatrum (theatre) in an old Irish document, derived from roots meaning "dream" and "glance." The modern Irish for a theatre is amharclann.

The building itself is actually built on the ruins of the city's original Augustinian friary. The rear wall incorporates a wall from this friary, including some carved stone window frames. With its location on An tSráid Láir (Middle Street) the Taibhdhearc is situated in the heart of the medieval city of Galway.

Throughout the year the theatre is a much sought-after venue for drama and music productions, as well as occasionally screening international films. The busiest period for the arts in the city happens during the two weeks of the annual Galway Arts Festival.

In 2004 An Taibhdhearc awarded the Gradam Bhaitéir Uí Mhaicín prize for scriptwriting to Coinneáil Orainn by Darach Ó Scolaí, which was staged by An Taibhdhearc the following year.

Hiatus[edit]

After suffering extensive smoke damage during a fire in 2007 An Taibhdhearc closed its doors for an extended period of renovation and refurbishment.[1] While the theatre was closed An Taibhdhearc continued to produce shows in other venues around Galway city and county. The theatre was re-opened in 2012, with Irish President Michael D Higgins reopening the theatre at a gala event in September of that year.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Kernan Andrews (16 June 2011). "An Taibhdhearc could re-open next year". Galway Advertiser.
  2. ^ Niamh O'Sullivan (24 September 2012). "President Michael D Higgins to reopen Taibhdhearc theatre". Gaelport. Missing or empty |url= (help)

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Coordinates: 53°16′26″N 9°02′54″W / 53.27389°N 9.04833°W / 53.27389; -9.04833