Clare County turned the sod on the new county library at glór on Friday, 20th December. The event was officiated over by Minister Michael Ring. T.D. Minister for Rural and Community Development and Cathaoirleach Cllr Cathal Crowe, Mayor of Clare. Work on the 2,321sq.m building on the glór site commenced on 6th January. The building will comprise of two public floors of library space incorporating the local studies centre, a separate art gallery and the County Library HQ on the third floor. The state-of-the-art new build development will provide a key resource for research, study, recreation and art in a centralised location adjacent to the well-established glór facility. The project represents an important investment in an accessible and modern library service for the people of Clare and visitors to the county.
Speaking at the launch, Anne Haugh, Director of Service commented that “the new much awaited new library had been 5 years in the making with Clare County Council having first applied to the Dept. for funding in 2014”. Cllr Cathal Crowe commended the Council staff who had worked on getting the project to construction phase – Ms Ruth Hurley, Senior Executive Architect and Ms Helen Walsh, County Librarian. Minister Michael Ring said that he was “delighted to be in Clare to officially turn the sod on the new library, being a west of Ireland man he welcomed developments of this kind that brought vibrancy and life back into rural Ireland. The Minister also acknowledged the vision of Clare County Council’s elected representatives and its CE, Pat Dowling in “never losing sight of the project over the 5 years and ensuring it’s delivery by its continued support.’’
Among those in attendance at Friday’s event were Oireachtas and Senate members, elected representatives from Clare County Council, Southern Assembly staff, library, arts and glór staff and members of the public. The architect, Keith Williams spoke of his “desire to create an iconic library building for the people of Clare”. Music was provided by pupils of the nearby Holy Family NS. who are participating in the Music Generation programme.
Due to the ongoing construction period please note that there is reduced parking currently at glór, with new routes to access our building, and relocated accessibility spaces located to the back of the building. We really appreciate your patience during this period of transition. For queries regarding accessibility please call our box office at 065 6843103.
The project is being supported financially by Department funding, European Regional Development funds in addition to Clare County Council own funding.