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Mayor turns sod for new public library in North Clondalkin

07 Sep 18

The turning of the first sod in preparation for the construction of a new state of the art public library in North Clondalkin took place today, September 7th. 

Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Mark Ward, performed the honours in the company of Chief Executive Daniel McLoughlin and County Librarian Bernadette Fennell.

The proposed works will include the construction of a state of the art two-storey 1,299 square metre library building. The site of the new library will be at the junction of Liscarne, Oatfield and Harelawn. Placed in the heart of the North Clondalkin community, the completed library will be a source of community development, and a significant resource for learning and exploration. 

Work is due to commence in September and will take approximately fifteen months to complete. During construction, a hoarding to protect the site will be in place, along with on-site security. and a temporary wheelchair accessible footpath will give access to local residents.

The modern library building will include adult, young adult, and children’s sections as well as community meeting rooms.  Books, DVDs, CDs, newspapers and magazines will be available for borrowing, and the library will provide free access to the Internet, free Wi-Fi, and computer classes for all levels and age groups. Support for setting up a business and online information on courses and employment opportunities will also be offered.

Among the facilities, the North Clondalkin library will feature:

  • A large library hall accommodating all age groups and library activities
  • An I.T. training room
  • Conference room which opens out into the library for community and public events
  • Small meeting room for book-clubs and community groups
  • Protected gardens for Library use

The new library will be a place to meet, learn, explore and discover. It will provide lifelong learning opportunities in areas such as reading, numeracy, creative writing, health matters, local history, and arts and crafts.  Extensive programmes of events for children and families will include school class visits, parent and toddler groups, book festival events, summer reading events and much more.

Speaking at the launch, Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Mark Ward said: "As a North Clondalkin native, I am extremely honoured to turn the sod of the new North Clondalkin Library today.  I grew up 100 yards away from this site. As a young child growing up here we had no real access to libraries, you either got a bus to Ballyfermot or Clondalkin Village or relied on the mobile library service. This modern state of the art library has the potential to lift this entire area and will be a massive benefit for residents young and old. I am particularly happy with the addition of a performance space in the library. This library will be an asset to our community for many years to come."

ENDS

Media Contact:

Niall Noonan

M:  086 464 6172

E:  nnoonan@sdublincoco.ie

About South Dublin County Council

South Dublin County is one of four local authority areas in the Dublin region.

South Dublin County Council provides and funds a broad range of services including housing, roads, walking and cycling routes, parks and playgrounds, libraries, sports facilities, litter control, arts centres, enterprise units, fire services, community infrastructure and financial support. It also serves as a platform for local democracy with 40 councillors spread across six electoral areas.

Bounded by the River Liffey to the North and the Dublin Mountains to the South, the County lies 16 kilometres south-west of Dublin city centre and has an administrative footprint of 223sq. kilometres. The County has nine main villages Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown, Rathfarnham, Tallaght, Templeogue, Saggart, Rathcoole and Newcastle and is bounded by adjoining counties of Wicklow, Kildare, Dublin City, Fingal and Dun Laoghaire.

For more information, contact South Dublin County Council Communications Unit at communications@sdublincoco.ie

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