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De Valera Library Turns Over a New Leaf

Clare Champion, Friday, 29th December 2006

Plans for a major renovation of the de Valera Library gallery space have been revealed. The transformation of the listed County Library building in Ennis has been made possible following the allocation of a capital grant from the Arts Council of €100,000. This amount will be matched by Clare County Council's Arts Office. "This is something that has been on the cards for a long time and we are really excited that the time has finally come. This will make a huge difference to the artists who show in the gallery", said Siobhan Mulcahy, County Arts Officer.

It is understood that the renovation plans may include removing the mezzanine, allowinig for the creation of an open space. There will possibly be movable walls or temporary exhibition spaces incorporated into the final design for the project. "It's a listed building so we are restricted on the structural work that can be done but we have some ideas of what can be achieved with the space. This project will open up more opportunities for artists to exhibit in the space", added Siobhan.

The de valera public library and gallery opened back in 1975. The building comprises the library proper and the gallery, which is situated in what was once a Presbyterian Church. The church was built in 1856 for £600.

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