Thursday 18 July 2019

Wright Venue is to shut its doors

One of Fingal's most iconic entertainment venues is to close this month.

the Wright Venue is to close its doors after 10 years of providing entertainment the biggest night-club venue outside the city.

The venue has hosted big names like Rihanna and 50 Cent in that time but is to bring all that to an end, later this month.

Staff have been informed of the closure and will have the chance to be redeployed within the organisation.

It is one of a number of high-profile venues to announce plans to close in recent times, after Lillies Bordello in Dublin and Club 92 in Leopardstown also announced their departure.

It is being reported that the lease on the premises will be taken over by Bodytonic, which runs festivals, restaurants and pubs, including the 'Bernard Shaw' on Dublin's Camden St.

The organisation is set to open a new venue there called the Jam Park.

The company behind the Wright venue is the Michael JF Wright Hospitality Group. Also in its portfolio is Wrights Café Bar in Swords and the Marqette Food Hall in Dublin Airport.

The company said it would to offer redeployment within the Group to Wright Venue staff.

Chief executive Michael Wright said the business is currently focusing on food projects, including a €5m investment in a food hall at St Andrew's church on Dublin's Suffolk St, located beside the Molly Malone statue.

He told reporters: 'The Wright Venue has been an incredible journey.

'Since taking a chance and building a venue in North Dublin in the worst of the recession, we've spent a decade welcoming customers in their thousands from all over the country.

'We thrived thanks to the talented and passionate team that helped create the unique Wright Venue atmosphere and reputation and by offering quality entertainment and major stars.'

It marks the end of an era in terms of the night-time economy in Swords and could be a significant blow to that economy.

It remains to be seen how the venue's proposed replacement will fare in the local entertainment and hospitality market.

Fingal Independent