Members of the public will be given the opportunity to have their say on the design and use of the proposed new county library for Clare.
The 8.6 million euro facility will be located at the site of the existing Glór Theater on the The Causeway Link combining a gallery and library in the same venue.
A planning application is expected be lodged early this summer, with public consultation events being held in Ennis, Kilrush, Shannon, Scarriff and Ennistymon.
Clare County Librarian Helen Walsh says the new library will offer a range of services:
The open public consultation events will be held at the following times:
Monday, March 27th
Glór Ennis – 4.00 pm to 5.30 pm and 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm
Tuesday 28th March
Scarriff Library – 11.00 am to 12.30 pm
DeValera Library, Ennis – 3.00 pm to 4.30 pm
Shannon Library – 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm
Wednesday 29th March
Ennistymon Library – 11.00 am to 1.00 pm
Kilrush Library – 3.00 pm to 4.30 pm
Submissions will be accepted at the open events. Written submissions and observations may also be made to the County Librarian, Library Head quarters, Harmony Row, Ennis, Co. Clare by 4.00pm on the 5th of April 2017.
Clare County Council has been allocated a €3 million capital grant towards the cost of the proposed project under the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government’s Capital Funding Programme for Public Libraries.
An additional €1 million in EU funding was also allocated from the Southern Regional Assembly’s Operational Programme 2014-2020. Clare County Council will fund the balance of €4.6 million of the overall cost of the project.
The architect-led design team appointed by Clare County Council comprises Keith Williams Architects Ltd (Architects), Ove Arup & Partners Ireland Ltd T/A Arup (Civil & Structural), Axiseng M & E Ltd T/A AxisEng (Mechanical & Electrical), AECOM Professional Services (Quantity Surveying Services) and OLM Consultancy (PSDP).
For more visit the council’s website here