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A melody of architecture

Thursday, 23rd November, 2017 9:07am

Iconic music venue Connolly’s of Leap has announced the launch of an international Irish music venue architecture competition.

This worldwide competition focuses on breathing new life into the existing venue, which sits nestled away in the heart of West Cork. Connolly's is a venue which promotes all types of music; from traditional Irish folk music, to the most avant garde electronic music of today.

The competition, hosted in association with leading architect competition organisers Bee Breeders, is about acknowledging Ireland's place in the music industry and promoting it to an international audience, while also exploring how an existing music venue can be transformed to become an iconic destination in its own right.

This competition is open to everyone, there is no professional qualification required. Design proposals can be developed individually, or by teams.

The total prize fund up for grabs is $6,000.

Though this is an ideas competition, there is intent on the part of Sam McNicholl, owner of Connolly’s, to go into development at some point in the future.

Sam McNicholl, owner of Connolly’s of Leap commented: “It’s been a dream of mine to renovate the family home and venue and realise the huge potential of the building and the site. My mum grew up in the house, it’s been the same for three generations, and now its time to take it into the 21st century, while keeping to our core values. The inception of the idea came from one of my oldest friends Andrew Kirwan, an architecture student who hails from West Cork. He’s been amazing getting all of this together and driving it forward.”

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