Minister Griffin opens ANAM- Killarney’s Arts & Cultural Centre
Local performing groups and arts sector to benefit
The official opening of ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Cultural Centre, by the Minister of State for Tourism & Sport, Brendan Griffin TD.
The project, which saw the complete refurbishment of the local-authority owned cultural centre on East Avenue, has resulted in the development of a flexible, adaptable and contemporary space, both internally and externally, which can host arts and cultural performances.
The refurbished venue has an indoor seating capacity of 67 seats to cater for small events, but for larger events, the venue can be re-arranged, utilising the auditorium as a stage area with outdoor seating of 131 seats.
In opening ANAM, the Minister acknowledged the role of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and Kerry County Council who, working together, have brought back to life an integral part of the cultural element of the town, which has huge potential to enhance the already excellent offering to visitors to Killarney, as well as the local community.
Cllr Michael Gleeson, Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District, welcomed the Project. “Killarney town and the wider Municipal District has a rich heritage in the arts, both in terms of performance, music, dance, theatre and visual arts,” he stated. “For community, youth and local arts and drama groups to have an opportunity to utilise this space provides them with an outlet to showcase their talents to the wider community.”
The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Niall Kelleher, acknowledged the funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Kerry County Council and stated that investment in the arts sector was vitally important for Killarney and for Kerry as a whole, allowing for increased participation in the arts in Kerry. He also thanked the staff of Kerry County Council, who managed the delivery of the project, Davide Mosca architect for the design concept, and contractor Jerry Brosnan Construction.
The Arts & Cultural Centre will be managed by Killarney Municipal District Office, with queries and bookings to be sent to [email protected]