National Cultural Institutions Licence


The National Cultural Institutions Act 1997 provides that certain cultural institutions may hold a Spirit on-Licence. This licence allows the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises.

Institutions where this licence can be used:

  • Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle
  • Crawford Library, Emmet Place, Cork
  • Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Parnell Sq., Dublin
  • Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin
  • National Museum of Ireland, Merrion St, Dublin 
  • Science and Art Museum, Kildare St, Dublin
  • Collins Barracks, Dublin
  • National Library of Ireland, Kildare St, Dublin
  • National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Sq. Dublin
  • Hunt Museum Limerick, Custom House, Limerick
  • Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson St, Dublin.

The licensing period is from 1 October to 30 September. This licence will expire on 30 September each year regardless of the issue date. 

The cost for each of these licences is €500 every year.

Next: First application for a National Cultural Institutions Licence