Tenders have sought to provide interior work on the new Tullamore Community Arts Center

Offaly County Council is inviting tenders for the supply of lighting and sound equipment to the Tullamore Community Arts Center on the High Street in Tullamore.

The work will include the installation of theater lighting, the supply and installation of sound, projection and production equipment as well as the installation of curtains, drapes, runways and projection equipment of films, including cinematographic films.

The deadline for those interested is May 4. Recently, the council announced the appointment of an artistic director for the centre.

The Arts Center is due to open this summer and will have a 250-seat theatre, gallery spaces, workshops as well as a café and theater bar.

The planned cost of the theater is 5.2 million euros. In 2020, Offaly County Council reached an agreement with the Department of Culture to provide €2 million for the building, which involves the refurbishment of the former Kilroy store. An additional €200,000 comes from the government as part of an urban regeneration fund.

In 2019, the council granted a loan of 2.5 million euros for the project over 20 years. In November 2021, the council was informed that €150,000 was being provided to cover part of the repayment of this loan.

At a recent county council meeting, it was announced that the arts center board was to raise €500,000 for the project.

Speaking at the same meeting, Councilor Danny Owens referenced a tour of the facility saying: “Like other councillors, I was amazed at the vastness inside. It will be a brand new revelation for the city. It will be very good for the business of the city. I can’t wait to see it open.

The Kilroy’s store was bought for €405,000 by the municipality.

Betty K. Park