A cultural gem in the heart of town


THIS is what the exciting new-look Killarney Cultural Centre is likely to look like when a €240,000 redevelopment is completed later this year.

A stunning European-style contemporary arts centre and performance space, on the existing site on East Avenue Road, is being created by Kerry County Council to provide an internal and external performance space that can be flexible and weather-adaptable to suit a variety of uses.

Preliminary work got underway this week and these fabulous proposals, drawn up by gifted Killarney architect and designer Davide Mosca, reveal just how spectacular the end result is likely to be.

Work has just commenced on the Cultural Centre upgrade

The major refurbishment will create an ultra-modern facility which will be fully re-roofed to take in the whole site with the outside area covered by a retractable canopy, making it ideal for summertime performances.

The stage can be external as well as internal, subject to weather conditions and specific requirements, and it will allow an audience to view a performance from either inside or outside the building.

The front façade will be redesigned with a metal structure and black mirror cladding to reflect the trees at the back of the auditorium. There will be a new corridor extension at the rear of the building, for access to toilets and a changing area as well as a rehearsal or meeting room.

The entire area will be covered by a nest of steel segments, with LED lighting coloured in different shades of green, to create the impression of walking under a tunnel of trees, similar to Killarney National Park.

A wonderful feature will see the pavements inscribed with appropriate quotations from poets and other VIPs who have visited Killarney down through the years.

Killarney Town Manager, Angela McAllen, said previously: “The design concept of this proposal is to create a flexible and contemporary space which can host an arts centre and also recreate a modern interpretation of Killarney National Park in the town centre.”

A €120,000 grant has been provided by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the overall investment will be €240,000.

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