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It is with pleasure they we announce the launch of the most exciting tourism project in recent years in the South West of Ireland. 

The dynamic of tourism in recent years has changed dramatically.  This project is to address the challenges today and in the future.  Projects of this nature have been enormously successful throughout the world.  Some examples of which are the Louisiana in Denmark, Eden  Project in Cornwall, The Tate St Ives, Cornwall and The Guggenheim, Bilbao.  These centres act as a catalyst for the greater community both commercially and socially.  Given the nature of Kenmare and the surrounding area such a centre in this location will equally flourish. 

The Centre of Contemporary Irish Culture is located on a majestic site adjoining the Heritage Town of Kenmare town in County Kerry.  Stunningly designed by acclaimed architect Niall McLaughlin, the inspiration for the building comes from the foundation of Kenmare both physically and commercially.  Featuring Limestone cladding to the wall and a sandstone base the linier makeup of the building mirrors the rock formation of Kenmare running east to west.  The vertical shape of the building is reflective of the picture Six Nuns, the first creators of employment in Kenmare, making lace. 

Through a major annual exhibition the Centre will champion contemporary Ireland in various forms.  Commercially the rejuvenation of the exhibitions is crucial.  Unlike other cultural/tourism attractions the content and direction of the CCIC will never be stagnant.  It is this ability to adapt and produce innovative exhibits annually combined with the location and architecture that will establish the CCIC as a compelling attraction in a very short time.

The total project cost is in the region of €15m.  Funding for the project will come from various Patrons options, Gallery Sponsorship and Naming rights to the building.  A Grant Application to Failte Ireland under the Product Development Programme has been applied for.

In addition to the 7 Galleries the Centre features a Viewing Level with stunning views of Kenmare Bay.  This element of the Centre is crucial for the long term viability of the project.  There are many significant tourist attractions around the world that people do not necessarily have to enter to enjoy.  The Sydney Opera House is a case in point.  Many people visit it and have their photo taken but do not enter.  To fully experience the CCIC you must enter to avail of the Viewing Level.  This guarantees entry fees thus ensuring the commercial viability of the Centre. 

A Sculpture Exhibition Garden, an Outdoor Events space is also provided together with 138 car park spaces. 





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