New Live Music Venue for Donegal

Sean Ogs Live are delighted to announce the development of a brand new live music and arts venue in the centre of Gaoth Dobhair after 9 months of preparation. The live venue will be based on the current site at Sean Ogs, and will involve a full renovation of the existing 1st floor level as well as an extension of the premises with completion planned for the middle of 2021 – the year the business will celebrate its 20 year anniversary. The venue will become home to the highly popular Sean Ogs Live music venue which brings a large number of music fans and visitors to the area for festivals, shows, concerts and events for all ages having worked with a large number of musicians, artists, and entertainers over the last 3 years, with next year making for the venue’s biggest year yet.

This state of the art venue will now give the Sean Ogs live project a purpose built high quality home, and will include bar and restaurant facilities, as well as other performance facilities including professional touring audio and visual systems, green room, dressing room areas. The venue can also allow for different purposes with its flexible design, such as private parties, events, and conferences of any kind.

The development will create much needed work for those in construction, and jobs locally with the creation of upto 25 jobs, to add to the 37 already employed in the business. Shane from Sean Ogs Live said, “We feel the people of Gaoth Dobhair, Donegal and the surrounding areas deserve an investment & a live venue of this quality, and we look forward to working with many people to provide the highest level of entertainment to young and old over the foreseeable future.

Local TD Pearse Doherty said today, “This is yet another positive announcement for Gaoth Dobhair for the second week in a row. (2 new hotels were announced last week for Gaoth Dobhair). A venue like this will compliment the rich culture of music and arts that is at the heart of west Donegal and the Gaeltacht.

On top of this, I was delighted to see the results of the survey carried out by Sean Óg’s Live Music into the impact of past performances at the venue. It showed that the 58 shows which were performed at the existing venue since 2017 have attracted almost 11,500 attendees, with many of those being visitors to the area. This has created jobs in the area, which is always welcome.

At a time when our musicians and artists, their teams and venues are struggling; news of large investments such as this gives us hope for the future that we will be able to gather with friends and enjoy a concert or show.

We know how strong the performing tradition is in this part of Ireland and I commend Shane and the Sean Og’s Live team for their hard work, dedication and vision. This will be a welcome addition in the area and will put Gaoth Dobhair on the map, yet again, as a destination for those seeking to experience the best of music and the arts.

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