A cultural quarter is to be developed by Galway City Council, close to the heart of the City of the Tribes.
The local authority has just completed the purchase of two adjoining properties at Lower Merchant's Road, not far from the Galway Museum and a proposed arthouse cinema.
Galway City Manager Joe McGrath said that the new properties and the development of the arthouse cinema would provide an opportunity to create a cultural quarter in what was one of the oldest parts of Galway.
He expected that, in time, it would become a popular attraction with the city's annual influx of tourists.
The proposals for the Lower Merchant's Road area are to be presented for approval to the City Council in the New Year.