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Taoiseach opens Information Centre for Dublin's Cultural Quarter

An Taoiseach, Mr. Bertie Ahern TD, officially opened the new Temple Bar Information Centre at 12 East Essex Street in Dublin city centre on Monday, April 19th, 2004. Based in the heart of the capital's Cultural Quarter, this is a state of the art facility aimed at giving visitors to the area the best experience and information on the arts, culture, entertainment and hospitality available locally.

Speaking at the opening, An Taoiseach said: "This Information Centre is a sign of the positive growth that is taking place in Temple Bar today. It is helping fulfil the original vision of the area as a dynamic, cultural hub in the heart of the city, where artists and business people can live and learn from one another. Within these walls you are giving a fantastic insight into the diversity of Temple Bar."

The Centre will provide marketing and retail space for arts organisations and artists based in Temple Bar, and for local trading enterprises through their business association TASCQ [Traders in the Area Supporting the Cultural Quarter]. The Centre also houses substantial information on the physical regeneration of the Temple Bar area, a world-renowned renewal and development project which took place between 1991 and 2001 under the stewardship of Temple Bar Properties Ltd.

The Chairman of Temple Bar Properties, Matt McNulty said: "TBP is absolutely committed to making the Cultural Quarter an even better place for all who live, work and visit the many wonderful facilities in Temple Bar."

Since the completion of the physical redevelopment of the area, Temple Bar Properties now operates as a not-for-profit company, reinvesting all of its income back into the Temple Bar area. Temple Bar Properties promotes Temple Bar as Dublin's Cultural Quarter, provides subsidised working space to individual artists and cultural organisations, maintains 14 cultural centres and four public spaces and organises Temple Bar Outdoors, a year-round, outdoor cultural programme.

Temple Bar Properties' mission is to sustain and further develop Temple Bar as Dublin's Cultural Quarter, in partnership with all Temple Bar stakeholders, to ensure that the area remains a bustling cultural, residential and small business district.

For further information contact Annette Nugent / Róisín McCarthy at Temple Bar Properties Ltd.