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Amy Ní Fhearraigh stars in Least Like the Other

Amy Ní Fhearraigh stars in Least Like the Other

Amy Ní Fhearraigh stars in Least Like the Other

The performing arts are the most expensive. They are also the most productive in terms of bang for your buck. This coming year the Irish taxpayer gives €130 million to the arts, the third year it’s been at that level. In 2020 the figure was €80m, so things could be said to be looking up.

They are certainly looking up for opera. Irish National Opera (INO) will receive €3.2m in funding for its fifth year of operation. Only The Abbey, as the national theatre, will receive more (€8m). And Wexford Festival Opera will receive €1.6m. Music also features in another of the big ‘winners’ as the splendid Irish Chamber Orchestra will receive €1.24m.


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