The building earmarked for Ballinrobe’s new Town Hall is now re-opened temporarily for events over the coming months.

Ballinrobe Town Hall committee, who purchased the Valkenburg complex on the town’s Main Street in 2020 with money raised locally, have confirmed that parts of the venue are now available to host events that do not require a bar licence or catering facilities.

A major redevelopment plan is in place for the Valkenburg, and, in tandem with South West Mayo Development Company (SWMDC), the Town Hall local committee recently applied for €4.5m in funding from the Rural Regeneration Development Fund (RRDF).

The Chairperson Michael Sweeney says if this application is successful, the local committee will match the grant amount with €1.2m funding, some of which is already in place, to convert the venue into something that will transform the centre of the town and prove an invaluable asset for the region. The plan includes the development of a multi-purpose space with dressing rooms to support shows, along with community and other events throughout the complex, and the potential for income from accommodation and a coffee shop/bistro in the venue.

Speaking to Midwest News Michael says that The RRDF announcement will come in late autumn or early winter and in the meantime the building is not remaining idle…





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