Friday, June 17, 2005

It seems that Ireland’s national theatre “The Abbey” is set to move from its current home in Abbey Street to a new location near Georges Dock. The announcement was made yesterday by the Minister for Arts John O’Donoghue.

In recent years several sites have been examined as a possible alternative home for the Abbey. These included the site of the old Carlton cinema in O’Connell Street, Hawkins House the current location of the Department of Health (and formally home to the Old Theatre Royal), and Colaiste Mhuire on Parnell Square. For a variety of reason’s all the above sites were found to be impractical.

And so after five years and what the Minister described as “An extraordinarily tortuous process” a new home for the Abbey Theatre has been located. The new site as well as being home to the Abbey will also be a centre for the performing arts.

Personally I think it can’t happen soon enough. The current home of the Abbey resembles a non descript shoe box.

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