OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Killarney Municipal officer Eileen O’Donoghue wants more local arts groups to come and use the ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre. Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

 

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By Sean Moriarty

Those in charge of the Killarney Cultural Centre say “they are open and want people to use it”.

Kerry County Council wants to let the public know that groups are welcome to book the ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre on East Avenue.

The local authority, in conjunction with Killarney Town Hall, hopes to put together a full programme of events at the centre and is calling on local arts groups to use the free facility.

The building was revamped at a cost of €240,000 with half of the cost being provided by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the other half by Kerry County Council. It was officially opened before Christmas.

The facility is open to any local individual or groups including musicians, photographers, drama groups.

ANAM Cultural Centre can be pre-booked for day or night performances or exhibitions.

It can host indoor or outdoor performances.

“We are open and want people to use it,” Killarney Municipal District officer Eileen O’Donoghue told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We are interested in hearing from people who might want to run children’s art classes on a Saturday morning or a drama group that wants to stage a play. During bigger events like The Fourth of July Festival we could have a American marching band perform in the outdoor section. It all about local people, whether they come to perform or to watch a performance, and it will add to the town centre too.  Maybe during the summer tourists will leave their hotels and visit the centre and on their way back might stop at bar or shop.”

Interested parties can contact the Killarney Town Hall on 064 6631023 or killarneyartscentre@kerrycoco.ie.