Irish President Mr Michael D. Higgins will officially visit North Tipperary to open the new Cloughjordan Community Amphitheatre.
The event is expected to take place at 4.00pm on Friday next, April 21st.
The amphitheatre, situated in Ireland’s first ever ecovillage, is sculpted from Tipperary subsoil, extracted during the initial infrastructural stage of the Cloughjordan eco-village, back in 2004-6.
This subsoil created a mound of settled earth some 8 meters in height, and covered an area of over 2 acres, which was too vast to re-use. Any disposal, off-site, of this earth was also obviously not an option for planning and environmental reasons, so the idea of sculpting an amphitheatre was muted, agreed and developed by Cloughjordan Arts CLG, a not-for-profit company.
The new venue which has a seating capacity for more than 250 people, incorporates a commemorative inscription to honour Cloughjordan native, poet, and signatory of the 1916 Proclamation, Thomas MacDonagh.
The amphitheatre, into the future, is expected to stage a diverse range of local social events, i.e. drama, concerts, debates, screenings and music recitals.