The Garage Theatre takes its name from a reference in Pat McCabe's book, "The Butcher Boy" - Francie's mother has a breakdown and he says she has gone into the Garage to get it fixed! (The theatre is located in a disused ward in St Davnet's Psychiatric Hospital, Armagh Road, Co Monaghan). Opened in 1992 following an initiative by the VEC, it was originally funded by the VEC, Monaghan Dramatic Society and the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaion.
This funding was to provide a professional theatre space. The theatre provides a venue for touring theatrical groups who produce a high quality of professional theatre. It also acts as a space for local amateur groups and is a resource for the local community. The theatre opened with a premiere of the play - "Frank Pig says Hello" by local writer Patrick McCabe. His book "The Butcher Boy" is now a successful motion pictured directed by award winning director Neil Jordan.