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Galway club Electric closes its doors due to the pandemic

Galway club Electric closes its doors due to the pandemic

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Another sad blow to Ireland’s nightlife and Galway specifically.

One of Galway’s largest and longest-running club spaces Electric has announced its closure as the owners have struggled to keep things going during the pandemic that saw the place closed for 19 months and under many restrictions that disallowed them to operate to full capacity.

Electric and Halo and its business are now closed and the building will be sold.

“For thirty years, this place has defied the odds, changed with the times, and stayed alive despite the tremendous challenges of operating a nightclub in Ireland. We have sustained over six hundred days of complete closure, lost revenue, unpaid bills, and reopening dates that never materialised.

We have waited a lifetime for the licensing situation/nightlife economy to evolve to something resembling real viability. There are glimmers of hope – we are told that nightlife will reopen. We are told that changes are on the horizon.

There are only so many times we can go back to our community and ask them to stick with us for another few weeks. Now that day has comes that we can wait no longer. We are left with no other option than to put this building on the market.”

“We hope that this house will continue as a place for dancing and find a new owner with the same enthusiasm for bringing people together. Even though we may not be the ones to reap the rewards, we hope a brighter future lies ahead for Irish nightclubs.

We hope Galway [and Ireland’s] longest-surviving nightclubs are not lost forever.

With heavy hearts, we bow out, wishing immense thanks to everyone who passed through out doors over the last three decades.

One more tune…”

See the Instagram post.