About Townhall Arts Centre

Townhall Arts Centre is always a hub of creative activity

Creative Hub

Townhall Arts Centre is always a hub of creative activity. Whether you are a local, national or international visitor, you are most welcome to come and participate. This unique setting, a former church, is an ideal for theatre, ballet, comedy, art exhibitions, workshops, conferences, and informal meets.

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of our audience development plans at the Townhall Arts Centre.

Theatre

The 244 seat theatre space is the core of the performing arts in Cavan. With the latest lighting and audio technology, the theatre supports the professional development of regional groups whilst boasting a vibrant national performance programme. All shows begin at 8pm Sharp. Latecomers cannot be admitted until a suitable break in the performance. 

Exhibition Space

Located on the ground floor the exhibition space accommodates local and national artists with regular exhibitions in all art forms.

Coffee Dock & Foyer

Take time to relax pre-show and enjoy a light refreshment, with tea & coffee served. The Box Office, and general enquiries are located in the Foyer on the ground floor.

Creative Hub

Townhall Arts Centre is always a hub of creative activity. Whether you are a local, national or international visitor, you are most welcome to come and participate. This unique setting, a former church, is an ideal for theatre, ballet, comedy, art exhibitions, workshops, conferences, and informal meets.

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of our audience development plans at the Townhall Arts Centre.

Theatre

The 244 seat theatre space is the core of the performing arts in Cavan. With the latest lighting and audio technology, the theatre supports the professional development of regional groups whilst boasting a vibrant national performance programme. All shows begin at 8pm Sharp. Latecomers cannot be admitted until a suitable break in the performance.

Exhibition Space

Located on the ground floor the exhibition space accommodates local and national artists with regular exhibitions in all art forms.

Coffee Dock & Foyer

Take time to relax pre-show and enjoy a light refreshment, with tea & coffee served. The Box Office, and general enquiries are located in the Foyer on the ground floor.

Townhall Arts Centre

Contractor Appointed for Townhall, Cavan

Cavan County Council appointed JJ McCauley Construction Ltd., from Kill, Co Cavan to carry out the refurbishment and conservation works on Townhall, Cavan. This project will provide an arts space for the county that will serve artists and audience and compliments existing provision for culture in this region. An investment of €750,000 was secured from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht by Cavan Arts and Culture Centre Limited and Cavan County Council as part of the Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016. Speaking in 2016, with Vivian McCauley from McCauley Construction Ltd. Cathaoirleach Madeleine Argue told the contractor;

“I am very much looking forward to the re-opening of the refurbished Townhall, Cavan. It is a building that has served this area well for arts and civic purposes for many years. On behalf of my fellow elected representatives we are all very positive about the possibilities that the enhancement works will provide for our arts community to make work and for the wider community to be part of this.” 

Townhall, Cavan was one of seven Flagship Projects announced under Stream 2 of the Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016, by Minister Heather Humphreys on 13 February 2017. In addition, Cavan County Council secured capital funding of €247,600 from Peace IV SEUPB, a project initiative supported by the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. The remaining commitment of €750,000 was provided by Cavan County Council from their resources.

Our History

The Origins

The hall was constructed between November 1908 and late 1909, with it being officially opened on Wednesday, 19 January 1910. The building was officially opened by Mrs. Henrietta Smith (who also laid the foundation stone), wife of Councillor Louis C.P. Smith, the Chairman of Cavan Urban District Council at that time. The relatively small and ostentatious Town Hall, located on Townhall Street, is built of sandstone from a quarry at Latt, on the northern edge of Cavan Town, while the original slates came from near Carrick-on-Suir in County Tipperary.

The building appears to be designed and built in a version of the Arts and Crafts style of architecture. It underwent significant redecoration and refurbishment in the 1980s, under the direction of Cavan architect Philip Cullivan. Each March, since 1946, the Town Hall has played host to the Cavan International Drama Festival, a competition which has always drawn the finest in amateur drama. After the abolition of Cavan Town Council left the building empty in 2014, the building reopened in 2015 as the local arts centre, under the name Townhall Cavan.

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Contractor Appointed for Townhall, Cavan

Cavan County Council appointed JJ McCauley Construction Ltd., from Kill, Co Cavan to carry out the refurbishment and conservation works on Townhall, Cavan. This project will provide an arts space for the county that will serve artists and audience and compliments existing provision for culture in this region. An investment of €750,000 was secured from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht by Cavan Arts and Culture Centre Limited and Cavan County Council as part of the Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016. Speaking in 2016, with Vivian McCauley from McCauley Construction Ltd. Cathaoirleach Madeleine Argue told the contractor;

“I am very much looking forward to the re-opening of the refurbished Townhall, Cavan. It is a building that has served this area well for arts and civic purposes for many years. On behalf of my fellow elected representatives we are all very positive about the possibilities that the enhancement works will provide for our arts community to make work and for the wider community to be part of this.” 

Townhall, Cavan was one of seven Flagship Projects announced under Stream 2 of the Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016, by Minister Heather Humphreys on 13 February 2017. In addition, Cavan County Council secured capital funding of €247,600 from Peace IV SEUPB, a project initiative supported by the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. The remaining commitment of €750,000 was provided by Cavan County Council from their resources.

Our History

The Origins

The hall was constructed between November 1908 and late 1909, with it being officially opened on Wednesday, 19 January 1910. The building was officially opened by Mrs. Henrietta Smith (who also laid the foundation stone), wife of Councillor Louis C.P. Smith, the Chairman of Cavan Urban District Council at that time. The relatively small and ostentatious Town Hall, located on Townhall Street, is built of sandstone from a quarry at Latt, on the northern edge of Cavan Town, while the original slates came from near Carrick-on-Suir in County Tipperary.

The building appears to be designed and built in a version of the Arts and Crafts style of architecture. It underwent significant redecoration and refurbishment in the 1980s, under the direction of Cavan architect Philip Cullivan. Each March, since 1946, the Town Hall has played host to the Cavan International Drama Festival, a competition which has always drawn the finest in amateur drama. After the abolition of Cavan Town Council left the building empty in 2014, the building reopened in 2015 as the local arts centre, under the name Townhall Cavan.

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