Cork City Council today welcomed the announcement by the Department for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs that grants amounting to €572, 593 will be made to Cork City arts and cultural venues under the Department’s Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016-2018.
Lord Mayor, Councillor Des Cahill praised the work of all those involved in bringing forward the projects: “Our cultural community is very strong, and the City Council is fully behind our cultural organisations as they continue to develop as strong local, regional and national resources.Cork City is internationally recognised as a City of Culture and deserves this investment. The enhancement of each of these four buildings and continued investment of this type will ensure that it stays a city of culture into the future.”
The venues awarded this funding are:
The Chief Executive of Cork City Council on hearing the news commented: “Cork City Council is delighted that Cork’s contribution to the cultural infrastructure of the nation has been recognised by all four of our championed applications being successful. It is a terrific boost for the City.”
Councillor Nicholas O’ Keeffe, Chairman of the Council’s Arts Committee greeted the news enthusiastically: “Through the approval of these grants, very significant capital investment can now take place. Cork City Council has committed to work with each of the organisations in the delivery of their ambitious projects, ensuring that the quality of the cultural infrastructure for Cork City further enhanced.”
The Arts Officer for the City Council, Jean Brennan was also delighted by the news, commenting: “ Cork City Council recognises the value of quality buildings where the citizenship of the city and region can experience arts and culture, and where our artists can develop and showcase work made and from Cork.”