Re-Imagining Firkin Crane


Re-imagining Firkin Crane is a grand plan to open the building on all sides and create state of the art studios, performance and exhibition spaces.

From January through to Easter 2018, phase one of this exciting re-development will take place. On the ground floor the changes will be spectacular as we develop the façade of the building to reveal what’s taking place inside by creating a new glazed entrance and foyer leading to a refurbished Musgrave Theatre with new layout, upgraded technical facilities and increased seating capacity. The Musgrave Theatre will also be an exhibition space that is open every day to the public, a place where people from all sectors of the community can come and experience a wide range of accessible dance interactive experiences. Improvements in the Smurfit Theatre / main auditorium will include extending the stage and a new motorised retractable seating system. The fact that Firkin Crane stands on the site of Shandon Castle built in circa 1183 and presently is contained within the original exterior walls of the building designed by Sir George Benson in 1852 remain an important consideration as we sensitively reveal hidden elements of the heritage building.

During this work Firkin Crane will remain open for business but some elements of our programme will need to be re-located to alternative facilities locally. Information on this will be available on our website and social media channels.

This work is carried out with capital grant aid from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Cork City Council, and the generosity of the Musgrave Family. The team delivering the project includes Jack Coughlan Associates Architects and Tony O’Regan Associates Chartered Quantity Surveyors.

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