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BACK AGAIN: Harry Crosbie. Photo: Damien Eagers / INM

BACK AGAIN: Harry Crosbie. Photo: Damien Eagers / INM

BACK AGAIN: Harry Crosbie. Photo: Damien Eagers / INM

A 1,500-seater mini-arena in the south east has finally secured funding with construction to begin in spring, according to Minister of State at the Department of Finance Michael D'Arcy.

The project has been six years in the pipeline and will be the biggest mini-arena in the south east. It will open in March next year.

Although developer Harry Crosbie was told by Wexford County Council last year that his "services were no longer required", the Dublin property developer is now firmly back at the centre of the project as the venue operator. Local builders Thomas and Patrick Redmond have come on board to fund the development.

Speaking to the Sunday Independent this weekend, Mr D'Arcy said: "Significant progress has been made… and I am delighted to announce that a fully funded package is now in place contingent upon the conclusion of the local authority process.

"This venue will be a game-changer for the south east. The idea was dreamed up by Harry in the middle of the recession and it was difficult to get funding but now the Redmond brothers have come on board."

When completed, the venue at the Market House in Gorey will host small-scale concerts and musicals, exhibitions, trade conventions and cultural community events.

Mr D'Arcy said: "To put it into context, the Wexford Opera Festival is worth €10m per year to the local economy, this will be worth €30m per year."

Mr Crosbie said: "The 3Arena, which I founded, is recognised as one of the best venues in the world. I also founded the Bord Gais Theatre and Vicar Street.

"I have always believed that a good venue is part of the act and we will bring great entertainment to the people of the south east."

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