Minister of State Tom Hayes T.D has been praised for his work to save the collection at the Bolton library in Cashel.
The issue was raised at Cashel Town Council. Cllr Tom Wood singled out Minister Hayes for special credit on the progress made to save the books .
The Bolton Library contains antiquarian books, collected by Archbishop Theophilis Bolton, Archbishop of Cashel from 1730 to 1744, and is the finest collection outside of Dublin. The library is now housed in the Chapter House on John Street.
The collection contains a 12th century manuscript, the Nuremnberg Chronicle and works by Dante, Swift, Calvin, Erasmus and Machiavelli. Some of the books have been damaged after years of being stored in a damp building. Some of the collection will now be moved to the University of Limerick, other parts will remain in Cashel with the support of the University.