- Rural applications account for more than half of funded applications
- Thousands of days of performance employment generated
Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, TD, today announced the successful applicants for the €4 million funding to support off-peak entertainment in our cities. A total of 433 organizations were offered funding from the Night Economy Support Programme. Nominations were received from a wide range of venues including pubs, nightclubs, cafes, theatres, art centres, galleries, museums and retail outlets.
This pilot project generated strong interest, with more than 470 creative and diverse applications submitted for consideration, reflecting the night economy sector’s desire to be innovative and creative in its offerings. Over 2000 events in every county nationwide have been approved for funding, they include live music ranging from traditional to electronic music, DJ nights, theatre, comedy, dance, literature, art and photography exhibitions.
The program included a specific funding stream for unlicensed premises such as cafes, dry bars and other appropriate venues to support diversification and inclusivity in our nightlife economy. Unlicensed cafes and premises received over €434,000 in funding.
Sites in rural towns and villages have also been supported and funds have been granted to 252 sites outside our cities.
The fund has been a major source of employment for artists and performers across the country with thousands of days of employment generated through this program.
Minister Martin said:
“A vibrant, diverse and inclusive nightlife economy is important to our cities and towns, it boosts the local economy, makes our cities and towns more attractive to visit and live in. There has been a great response from the night-time sector time to this pilot project. It is also extremely important that we ensure there is a balance between alcohol and non-alcoholic activities to ensure that a wider demographic can engage in the nightlife economy and it was also very encouraging to see the response from this sector.
“I recently announced that I obtained 6 million euros under the 2023 budget for helping the night economy sector. I am currently consider the development of other initiatives and We will continue to work with key night economy stakeholders to explore further opportunities to open up existing venues to more night economy activity.
The full list of successful candidates from Galway is:
VELDON SEAFARER GALWAY
ROISIN DUBH GALWAY
CAMBELLS TAVERN GALWAY
LOWRY’S BAR GALWAY
REAPY’S BAR GALWAY
OL’55 GALWAY GALWAY
THE OLDE GALWAY BREWERY
THE BLACK GATE OF GALWAY
KENNYS BOOKSHOP AND GALWAY ART GALLERIES
USSHERS BRIDGE BAR GALWAY
EYRE SQUARE HOTEL GALWAY
THE CONNACHT GALWAY HOTEL
A PUCAN GALWAY
DOONMORE HOTEL GALWAY
1520 BAR & THE RESIDENCE HOTEL GALWAY
HYDE HOTEL & BAR GALWAY
BAR BRODERICKS GALWAY
BALLINDERRE COMMUNITY CENTER IN GALWAY
SIAR DESIGN LIMITED GALWAY
RUMORS NIGHTCLUB, GALWAY
RENVYLE HOUSE HOTEL LTD GALWAY
THE G HOTEL GALWAY
CAMP STREET CAFE GALWAY
THE HARDIMAN GALWAY HOTEL
SEVEN BRIDGESTREET GALWAY
THE CAVE BAR AND RESTAURANT GALWAY
THE HOUSE HOTEL GALWAY
O CONNELLS BAR GALWAY
TRIESTE CAFE WINE BAR GALWAY
MP WALSH PUBLIC HOUSE GALWAY
THE GALWAY LIGHT