The Cloughjordan Amphitheatre is a new multi-purpose performance space designed to stage a diverse range of cultural events from professional and community theatre and music to performance poetry, film screenings and educational workshops. The amphitheatre will be formally opened on June 21st by President Michael D Higgins.
The amphitheatre is being developed by Cloughjordan Arts and was conceived as a 1916 Centenary project. The poet, dramatist and signatory to the Proclamation of Independence, Thomas MacDonagh (a native of Cloughjordan) will be honoured in an artwork to be installed at the site. This space will allow us to carry on the work of cultural engagement and social empowerment that MacDonagh and his colleagues were engaged in – the reimagining of Ireland.
The facility itself is located within a large subsoil mound created during the excavation and construction phase of the Cloughjordan Ecovillage. Utilising this otherwise problematic mound of earth allows us to deliver a first-class venue for a modest investment and with minimal environmental impact. This ‘permaculture’ design methodology focuses on re-use and repurposing, on using local materials, and the skills of local craftspeople. Construction is well advanced. The major earth shaping and the installation of stage and seating tiers is now complete.
Initial funding was received from the 2016 Special Projects Office of the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Tipperary County Council, the JVM Trench Trust, and through local fundraising. Cloughjordan Arts are continuing to fundraise and need your help. Every donation, no matter how small, will help us to complete and fit-out the facility.
For full details see Cloughjordan Arts