Iontas Theatre | Castleblaney
Íontas Arts & Community Resource Centre is a one stop shop centre of excellence - accessible to all regardless of background, race, religion, gender and age.
Íontas provides an array of community activities and services all under the one roof.
Built in 2005, we offer activities in the Arts, both through theatre and visual gallery. Íontas has an in house Café and Bar. We also provide a number of rooms available for hire for conferences and meetings to suit groups from 2 - 308.
Íontas is home to a number of long term tenants, including Blayney Blades, Castleblayney Community Crèche, Castleblayney Town Library, Castleblayney Trust, Muckno Donaghmoyne CE, St. Mary's Day Care for the elderly, educational classes for all age groups, computer suite and training kitchen.
The Full Auditorium Space
When the space is configured as a full theatre it has 308 fully upholstered seats.
The Half Auditorium Space
It can also be configured as a 100-seat theatre since there is a folding acoustic wall across the middle. 5 rows of seats are movable and therefore can be placed in front of that wall. Those 5 rows of seats are divided into 3 sections and can be placed in any way on the floor.
Since all the seats are retractable the space can have any configuration that any director desires, whether it is thrust stage, room for an orchestra in a kind of pit, theatre in the round etc
The aim of Iontas is to provide, promote and foster the vision and the space for initiative and innovation in personal and community development. This happens through all kinds of educational, creative and artistic endeavours.
Íontas offers the space to host a whole range of courses which benefit the individual both personally and socially, to ensure that no person need feel excluded and marginalized by society – every single person who steps through the door of this Íontas is made to feel important and special and everyone who works in this building strives to ensure that we have something to offer everyone.