MAYOR of Kilkenny City David Fitzgerald has announced the establishment of a second Mayor’s Theatre Fund to further enhance the development of the Watergate and performing arts at the Brewery Quarter in the city.
“The key to developing the site is to ensure that the visitors centre continues and the micro-brewery is up and running. They are the two cornerstones of the brewery quarter and they will also help retain jobs in the area and secure the identity of the site.
“The first Mayor’s Theatre Fund helped create the Watergate, now I am announcing a second theatre fund to ensure that the performing arts are catered for in the Brewery Quarter,” said the mayor.
He noted theatre, visual arts, gallery space and a box office as being an integral part of the development of the area.
In relation to the micro-brewery, the mayor said the present brewery and visitor centre were key tourist attractions and European and US visitors come to the city to the see the home of Kilkenny beer in particular.
Mayor Fitzgerald also voiced concerns over the considerable number of sub-contractors affected by the closure and stated that when he attends an upcoming meeting with senior Diageo management, their case will be put forward.
“Many of these sub-contractors invested considerable capital in areas such as trucks and I am proposing some form of compensation for the loss of their business when the brewery closes,” he said.