The Killarney Cultural Centre on the East Avenue Road is to finally be revamped at a cost of €240,000 with half of the cost being provided by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

As well as significant refurbishments to the inside of the building, the outdoor area will be covered with a retractable canopy and will be a flexible area that will seat an audience which can view a show on the internal stage or an external stage.

Reaction to the news has been mixed with some people pointing to the larger Áras Phádraig site upon which little progress appears to have been made.

Speaking at a Municipal District Council meeting, Town Manager Angela McAllen insisted that the works on the Killarney Cultural Centre would not interfere with the eventual redevelopment of Áras Phádraig and that it would actually complement it.

She also said that the grant was specifically given for the purposes of redeveloping the Cultural Centre and that if it wasn’t used for this project, the money would have to be handed back.

Here at the Killarney Advertiser we unveiled a proposal for a state of the art cultural centre on the Lewis Road, which would also help alleviate the town’s chronic parking problem.

The suggestion, which was warmly received at the time, was to knock the Áras Phádraig building and develop a multi-storey car park and civic amenity to occupy the site and the adjoining Lewis Road car and coach park.

A theatre, café and cinema could also feature – which would be in keeping with the results of the existing feasibility study for the former Áras Phádraig.

What do you think? Should the council have prioritised the Lewis Road development?

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