A myriad of late night venues, including The Button Factory, The Bernard Shaw, Tramline, Whelan’s, The Magnet and Yamamori Tengu in Dublin, have been named among the successful applicants of the €4 million in funding to assist off peak entertainment in Ireland’s towns and cities.
Some 433 venues have been offered funding as part of the Night-Time Economy Support Scheme, with pubs and nightclubs across the country, along with cafés, theatres, arts centres, galleries, museums and retail outlets, named as recipients.
The full list can be found here.
Some 470 applications were submitted for consideration, ‘reflecting the willingness of the night-time economy sector to be innovative and creative in their offerings’, the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media said in a statement.
“A vibrant, diverse and inclusive night-time economy is important for our towns and cities, it boosts the local economy, makes our towns and cities more attractive places to visit and to live in,” commented Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
“There has been a great reaction from the night-time sector to this pilot scheme. It is also extremely important that we ensure that there is a balance between alcohol and alcohol free activities to ensure that a wider demographic can engage with the Night-Time Economy and it was also really encouraging to see the response from this sector.”
The announcement follows on from the Irish government’s recent commitment to address the licensing laws structure in Ireland, which is expected to pave the way for later opening hours for bars and nightclubs from next year.