Nine cities and towns to benefit from support package aimed at creating "more vibrant nightlife" 10 months ago

Nine cities and towns to benefit from support package aimed at creating "more vibrant nightlife"

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It has been revealed that nine Irish towns and cities are to benefit from a package of supports designed to create a "more vibrant nightlife".


The pilot initiative was announced on Tuesday (25 October) by Culture Minister Catherine Martin following Cabinet approving a proposal from Justice Minister Helen McEntee to reform Ireland’s antiquated licensing system.

Under the plans from McEntee, pubs are allowed to stay open until 12.30 am seven days a week while nightclubs are permitted to operate until 6 am.

In a statement on the Government's website, Minister Martin welcomed the news, stating that these changes would "stimulate the night-time economy".

She also announced that, as part of a pilot initiative to support the development of a "vibrant and diverse" night-time economy across the country, support will be provided to nine pilot cities and towns to enhance their night-time culture.


The nine places chosen were:

  • Buncrana
  • Cork City
  • Drogheda
  • Dublin City
  • Galway City
  • Kilkenny
  • Limerick City
  • Longford Town
  • Sligo

“These new pilot towns and cities will now recruit new Night-Time Economy Advisors who will help drive and support a more sustainable night-time economy in their specific areas," Martin explained.

"They will work with businesses, communities, venues, residents and artists to create a more vibrant nightlife for all and bring vitality back to our city and town centres in a safe and sustainable way."


It is also said the learnings from the nine pilots will then inform the approach to be taken in rolling out plans for the night-time economy in other cities and towns across Ireland.

The application process for recruiting Night-Time Advisors will now get underway.

For more information about the initiative, visit the Government's website here.