New refurbishment of Carnegie Library, Skerries gets underway

by Rose Barrett
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Rose Barrett

On March 15 last, Fingal County Council turned the sod on the refurbishment of and extension to Skerries Library.

A detached early 20th century limestone building, the library is a protected structure sited in a prominent location on Strand Street in Skerries between St Patrick’s Church and Floraville Park, with a large site extending to Chapel Lane at the rear.

Fingal Co Co Libraries Department proposes to provide a modern library facility which will include the refurbishment and full use of the existing two storey library building, with links to a new large two and three storey extension at its rear.

The proposal, totalling 884sqm with a contract sum of €3.5m will accommodate multifunctional library spaces on two and three levels and will also include full upgrade of the public realm to the forecourt of Skerries Library and St. Patrick’s Church.

The new library space will include, in addition to the current book lending service, junior and young adult space, link to Floraville Park, study space with up to 40 desks, public PCs and printing / photocopying services, a maker space and meeting and event space.

The library building at Skerries is viewed as a building of special character and an architectural focal point.  The sympathetic and complementary development of this building and extension is seen as a major resource in terms of infrastructure demands of the area.

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Seána Ó Rodaigh stated: “Today is a very special day for the people of Skerries and the wider community. The library has always been at the heart of our town and the substantial investment by Fingal County Council will see it transform into a welcoming, modern amenity while maintaining its important heritage.

“Táim ag súil go mór le cuairt a thabhairt ar an leabharlann athchóirithe nuair atá sé críochnaithe”.

Betty Boardman, County Librarian added: “The modern libraries that have been built in Fingal since its foundation have all demonstrated architectural design of a high standard and have facilitated the development of the library service in the County.

“Designed by Fingal County Architects, the new and revitalised Skerries Library will be an eloquent addition to the county’s portfolio of public libraries and to the public buildings of the town”.

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Fingal County Council Chief Executive, AnneMarie Farrelly, Fingal Mayor Seána Ó Rodaigh, County Librarian Betty Boardman and County Architect Fionnuala May.
Pic: Fintan ClarkeCoalesce

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