The National Opera House

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National Opera House
river estuary with houses on the quay and a church spire and modern opera house on the skyline
Ireland's National Opera House rises above the Wexford skyline
General information
Location Ireland
Address High Street, County Wexford, Ireland
Coordinates 52°20′17″N 6°27′46″W / 52.338193°N 6.462798°W / 52.338193; -6.462798
Design and construction
Architect Keith Williams Architects
Awards and prizes 2009 Stirling Prize Nomination, 2009 RIBA Award, 2009 RIAI: Best Cultural Building, 2010 Civic Trust Award, 2010 AIA Award

The National Opera House, formerly the Wexford Opera House, is a theatre in Wexford, Ireland. It was officially opened on 5 September 2008 in a ceremony with An Taoiseach Brian Cowen, followed by a live broadcast of RTÉ's The Late Late Show from the O'Reilly Theatre.[1]

It was built on the site of the former Theatre Royal, Wexford, which was demolished to facilitate the development, the need for a new opera house was a result of the success of the Wexford Festival Opera and the provision of a theatre, concert and conference venue in Wexford.

The Opera House consists of the 771 seat O'Reilly Theatre and the smaller Jerome Hynes Theatre, seating up to 176, it was designed and built by the architect Keith Williams Architects with the Office of Public Works.

The Opera House was used for 2014 Sinn Féin Ard Fheis.

The building was officially renamed as Ireland's National Opera House by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, at the opening of the 2014 Wexford Festival.[2]


  1. ^ "County in a tizzy as The Late Late Show broadcasts from Wexford". Wexford Echo. 4 September 2008. Retrieved 24 November 2008. 
  2. ^ Wexford Opera House recognised as Ireland’s National Opera House Wexford Festival Opera media report. Retrieved 30 September 2016.

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