Buncrana Council asked for contribution towards new arts centre

Buncrana Town Council has been told that the development of a Centre of Excellence for the arts in the town could be a major boost for the town, and would contribute significantly to the economy, as well as bringing tourists and enhancing Buncrana's reputation nationally and internationally.

Artlink has received 570,000 euro from government, and a further 100,000 euro in loans to develop such a centre, possibly at the site of the old garda station on St Oran's Road.

However, the catch is they need 144,000 euro in matching funding, and are asking the Town Council to provide it.

Artlink Director Elaine Forde says if the money isn't forthcoming, a major opportunity could be lost.