Coastguard Cultural Centre
The first major project which the Trust embarked on was the redevelopment of the town’s Coastguard Centre. At the time, there was no cultural or community centre in the town. Today, the Tramore Coastguard Cultural Centre is the Trust’s flagship project and testament to its success. The building, which boasts enviable panoramic views, originally served as Tramore Coastguard Station from 1874 to 1922. It was home to Tramore Garda Station from 1924 to 1988. Unoccupied throughout the nineties, it was badly damaged in a fire in 2000.
In 2002, the Office of Public Works (OPW) commenced work to restore and preserve the property. Every effort was made to retain the architectural and historical integrity of the building and it was officially opened in 2004. The aim of the Coastguard Cultural Centre is to develop art, culture, and heritage for the community of Tramore and the surrounding areas. Prior to Covid-19, this multi-purpose community facility was a hub of activity with regular exhibitions being held in its impressive upstairs art gallery. This space was also used for art classes, yoga, children’s activities, book launches, intimate musical sessions, and many other activities. Downstairs, the Coastguard Cultural Centre’s café has garnered a well-earned reputation for a mouth-watering array of treats.
Today a visit to the delightful centre offers a chance to enjoy the Coastguard Café, Gallery and Craft Shop sitting on the clifftop overlooking the Seafront Gardens with uninterrupted panoramic views of Tramore Bay.
Visitors can enjoy relaxing at the Coastguard Café and watch the waves lap the shore of Tramore’s famous beach. The Café offers a selection of teas and coffees, delicious cakes and snacks and savoury delights such as homemade soups and freshly prepared light lunches.
Enjoy browsing the Art Gallery and Craft Shop or the latest exhibition.
The venue can also be hired for book launches, readings, musical recitals and plays. Over recent years the Coastguard Cultural Centre has held many exhibitions by local as well as national and international artists.
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