€1 million expansion planned for Clonmel library

Eamonn Wynne

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Clonmel library

Clonmel library is to undergo a €1m expansion

An application for government funding has been made for a new public library in Clonmel, which will cost more than €1 million.

The project will involve a major extension and refurbishment of the building on the existing site in Mick Delahunty Square.

"It's a fantastic location, second to none, in the heart of the town", says Tipperary County Council's Director of Services Karl Cashen.

"It's adjacent to a public car park and other public buildings".

Following the stage one application that has been made to the Department of Rural and Community Development, Mr. Cashen said the next step would be securing approval to proceed to the appointment of a design team and the drafting of detailed proposals.

He said that the development would cost in excess of €1 million.  

When the news was announced at a meeting of Clonmel Borough District, Cllr. Siobhan Ambrose suggested that the council would send a delegation to meet with Department officials to push the case for the new library building.

Clonmel had the biggest library in the county and there was a huge volume of traffic through its doors. 

It was always packed to capacity and the staff didn't have enough space to store books.

Cllr. Ambrose said the building in Mick Delahunty Square needed massive expansion and a second storey should be added.

Cllr. Pat English said the importance of the library couldn't be overstated.

It had served the town really well but was now at its capacity.

The staff did a tremendous job considering the constraints they worked under, he said.

Cllr. Michael Murphy said that Clonmel library was the number one priority in terms of capital projects, and he asked Director of Services Karl Cashen to ensure the success of the County Council's application. 

District Mayor Richie Molloy said the services provided by the library were second to none.

Emer O'Brien, Senior Executive Librarian with Tipperary Libraries, said that as a county Tipperary had a very good reputation with the Department of Rural and Community Development.