The green light has been given by councillors in the Ballina Municipal District for a derelict site in Ballina town to be transformed into an outdoor performance space

The plan was put before elected councillors at a recent monthly meeting of the authority, and they enthusiastically supported the proposal.

At the online meeting, Councillors were asked to consider the report on the proposed development, which includes the refurbishment and change of use of the vacant Beckett's House on Barrett Street to a covered performance space.

Funding of €250,000 has been granted by the Department of Community and Rural Development for the project, which is on a site that has been lying vacant for some time.

Manager of the Ballina Municipal District Declan Turnbull explained that the plan is to 'hollow out' the existing house on the side facing the River Moy and install a large stage, with a plaza containing outdoor seating to be constructed in front of it.

Describing it as an ideal location, self-contained, with parking next door, and just down the street from the arts centre.

The council envisages the facility being open and available for use by local groups and individuals.

Tom Gilligan, director of services, welcomed the Part 8 approval from councillors, noting that the project will deal with dereliction and, at the same time, add to Ballina's reputation as a place where the arts can flourish and grow.

The Cathaoirleach of  Ballina Municipal District, Councillor Annie May Reape, told Teresa O'Malley that it’s an exciting development for the area…


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