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Gal­way’s hottest new venue is The Black Gate on Fran­cis Street, a cul­tural mecca serv­ing up art ex­hi­bi­tions, live mu­sic, a well- ser­viced work/ con­fer­ence space, li­brary, wine and food plat­ters. It’s the brain­child of Peadar King, a well- known event man­ager, film- maker, mu­si­cian and or­gan­iser of the in­no­va­tive Inish­bofin fes­ti­val INISH; Is­land Con­ver­sa­tions for the past two years. Join­ing him in the ven­ture is web and prod­uct de­signer Ea­monn Day Lavelle, an­other Inish­bofin na­tive and old school friend, re­cently re­turned from Australia.

Spread over five floors, the Black Gate cur­rently has a mixed me­dia art ex­hi­bi­tion called De­sire, cu­rated by Mar­garet Nolan and fea­tur­ing 10 Gal­way artists, which runs un­til March 10th. Live mu­sic ses­sions – jazz, tra­di­tional and folk – run from Tues­days to Sun­day. The Black Gate is at 14 Fran­cis Street, Gal­way. black­gate. ie

Deirdre McQuil­lan

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