About Us

TOWNHALL is a new contemporary arts space in Cavan.

We are run by artists and champion new, cutting edge work in theatre, visual arts, film, music and dance.

We are a home for creators to express, question and celebrate life through art and most of all we are a venue where audiences can enjoy events in all art-forms.


‘We’ are a voluntary artist-led organisation. A collective of four local artists – Joe Keenan, Siobhan Harton, Philip Doherty, and Sally O’Dowd – aka trans-art and the Gonzo Theatre. We also have a board of management – skilled experts who work to support us in running the venue.

The Big Plan

Our vision is to establish a space for artists and audiences of all ages to participate in contemporary arts in Cavan, to make new work and to present that work locally and internationally.

We aim to champion new, experimental and cutting edge theatre, visual arts, film, music and dance in a regional setting with a programme of exhibitions, performance, workshops, talks, events, residencies, and research and touring projects.

Here’s some background to start…

The Townhall began life in 1908 as the home of Cavan’s Urban District Council who became obsolete last June 2014, when the council administration moved out and the building had a wee rest and then earlier this year, we signed a lease with Cavan County Council and moved in to prepare the space (and ourselves!) for its new use as a contemporary arts space. And here we are.