The Courthouse Arts Centre in Tinahely is a multi-disciplinary art and culture centre of historical significance running successfully for decades. It was built in 1843, but by the 1950’s it was primarily used for cultural activities rather than court related endeavours. It was a sight of archaeological disruption by 1980’s but was gradually restored with the help of grants from FAS and Arts Council functioning in the country. It was renewed and reopened as a centre for arts, culture and heritage in May 1996 by Liz McManus, Labour TD and Minister of State, Department of the Environment. Today, it stands as a cultural as well as architectural asset serving as one of the major landmarks in the village of Tinahely. It has a reputation of esteemed and established Arts Venue in the County Wicklow wherein each year several meaningful and powerful events and performances are delivered.
Along with its architectural beauty, the Courthouse Arts Centre is a prominent location in the city to promote influential local and crossover artists and shape the development of the art scene. The venue is perfect for programmes in need of intimate space and constantly promotes events related to theatre, dance, music, film, visual arts, comedy, literature and other educational efforts. Currently, the venue is managed by Maggie Gallagher along with a team of professionals.
Even the village of Tinahely is of immense cultural and national significance as it is famously known for its annual County show held in August wherein up to 20,000 visitors and exhibitors become part of largest agricultural shows. The neighbourhood establishments of Tinahely such as Glendalough, Powers Court House and Gardens, Glenmalure are worth exploring. In fact, Wicklow itself is known as the Garden of Ireland.
Ultimately, ‘The Courthouse Arts Centre’ is recognised as a must-visit location in County Wicklow and one can schedule their visit Wed 10-1pm, Thurs – Sat, 10 am – 5 pm and Sundays 4-6pm for Art Openings.