Updated: 13/02/17 : 11:42:19Printable Version
Fine Gael TD, for Sligo – Leitrim Tony McLoughlin has announced today (Monday) that the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has allocated The Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo, €550,000 in funding from her Department under her Department’s Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016-2018.Minister Humphreys has announced €9 million today nationally, making it the most significant investment in regional arts and cultural centres in a decade by this Government.
Speaking about the positive announcement today McLoughlin said:
“This funding will come as a very welcome announcement to artists and audiences who use the Haws’s Well Theatre in the North-West Region. It is also a testament to the hard work of the likes of Jane Parsons and Marie O’ Byrne, the theatre’s board and the staff who made the successful application and who run the theatre on a daily basis.
“Investing in arts infrastructure, like theatres and performance spaces, is critical for a vibrant arts and culture sector in this country, which in turn underpins social cohesion and supports economic growth in the regions. On this basis, I am confident that this funding injection for the Hawk’s Well Theatre will help to grow local audiences and attract further people into Co. Sligo over the coming years."
Mr McLoughlin continued, “Creative Ireland, the Government’s ambitious new 5 year strategy, aims to place culture and creativity at the heart of every community nationwide. A vibrant cultural sector is essential to society and investment in local arts and cultural centres helps to facilitate access to and participation in the arts in communities nationwide.
“Its important to note that over 85% of the funding announced today, is being provided to projects outside of Dublin. Putting arts and culture at the centre of rural life is a key element of the recently launched Action Plan for Rural Development.
I would like to commend Minister Humphreys for prioritising investment in our regional arts and cultural facilities, and I look forward to work getting underway on the Hawk’s Well Theatre without delay,” concluded Deputy McLoughlin.