Derry~Londonderry's Cúlturlann set to expand
29 January 2014
Derry~Londonderry's Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin has purchased the former Great James Street Presbyterian Church, with plans to bring it into use as part of their plans for an expanded cultural complex in the city.
The church, also known as the Scotch Church, operated from 1837 until the congregation moved across the city in 1982.
Welcoming this new development, Cultúrlann C.E.O Gearóid Ó hEára said: "The idea of a Cultural Quarter based in Great James Street is fast becoming a reality and I am pleased that we will be able to restore two listed buildings and bring them into cultural use."
"It is our intention, to locate an Acadamh Ceoil, a traditional Music Academy, in the refurbished Manse and to free up more space in the Cultúrlann for additional Irish classes. The quality and enthusiasm of our young musicians is exceptional and in partnership with the School of Music at the University of Ulster at Magee we hope to create a career path of excellence for traditional musicians in the city. Our plans include the development of a programme of Festivals through the year and the Church will be central to that."