‘Carnegie Hub’ inspiring art, design and technology

by Alison O'Hanlon
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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council welcomed The Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) to the historical Carnegie Library in Dún Laoghaire. Aiming  to revitalise the Old Town Quarter and create an inspiring workspace, benefiting the local community and contributing to the local economy. 

IADT, as Ireland’s only institute focusing on art, design, and technology will bring a unique blend of creativity and innovation to the town. 

The newly established ‘Carnegie Hub @ IADT’ will serve as a base for major initiatives such as the European University for Film & Screen Media and the Creative Futures Academy, making it a vibrant centre for knowledge sharing and creation.

Frank Curran, Chief Executive, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, The Institute of Art, Design and Technology, (IADT), student, Morgan Lynch, Cllr, Denis O’Callaghan, Cathaoirleach, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, IADT student, Rachel Harvey, David Holohan, Chair of the IADT Governing Body and David Smith, President of IADT. Back row from left to right, Jennifer Carroll Macneill, Minister for State, IADT student, AnnaMadzihon, Andree Dargan, County Architect, and IADT student, Adelicia Boakye Yiadom pictured outside Carnegie Library
Picture: Damien Eagers / Coalesce

Councillor Denis O’Callaghan, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, said, “This partnership represents a significant opportunity for both organisations to engage with the town and we believe this will benefit IADT students and increase footfall for local businesses, creating a vibrant hub of creativity and learning. 

This venture aligns with our commitment to rejuvenate Dún Laoghaire and enhance community, recreational, and cultural opportunities while preserving our built heritage. The Carnegie Library has served the community of Dún Laoghaire for almost 100-years, and we see this initiative as safeguarding its presence for many years to come.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has overseen a unique vision including a programme of enabling works, effectively facilitating the marriage of the young and the old built environment to enable the IADT to utilise both the modern ground floor Carnegie offices, and the former Carnegie Library. 

The offices will cater for the work requirements of up to 50 IADT staff while the former library will be used as a learning environment for post-graduate research and study associated with the college’s national and international projects.  In addition, dlr will be working closely with IADT to develop a programme of public-facing events and activities.  The library will be able to cater for exhibitions and IADT plan to work with local artists/art groups to showcase their artwork.

Frank Curran, Chief Executive, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, David Smith, President of IADT, Andree Dargan, County Architect, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Cllr Denis O’Callaghan, Cathaoirleach, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, and Paul Kennedy, Director of ICC at Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council pictured at Carnegie Library


Frank Curran, Chief Executive, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said, The re-opening of the Carnegie underpins our commitment toward restoring vibrancy and footfall in the town of Dún Laoghaire. IADT is one of the country’s most significant higher educational institutions and we see this as a great addition to Dún Laoghaire and hope it will be the start of a long-lasting affinity with the College, the Council, and most importantly, the town. 

Establishing IADT in the heart of Dún Laoghaire will allow the Institute to expand its reach beyond the campus borders, providing education and training, and supporting local communities through its core research and innovation initiatives. 

As Ireland’s Campus for the Creative Industries, the ‘Carnegie Hub @ IADT’ will be a base for a number of our major initiatives.

These initiatives include the European University for Film & Screen Media (Film EU), the Creative Futures Academy with our partners UCD & NCAD, and the national project on transforming learning, N-TUTORR.

These projects and other Institute activities will see the Carnegie Library return to being a vibrant centre for knowledge sharing and knowledge creation as our staff, students, researchers and collaborators take up residency. 

Pictures: Damien Eagers / Coalesce

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