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Lisdoonvarna Library Opening Goes by the Book

Clare Champion, Friday, 5th November 1999

A new branch library for Lisdoonvarna has opened its doors for the first time. It's situated in the old Iron and Magnesia Pump Room and incorporates a public park. The project came to fruition through a partnership involving Clare County Council, FÁS, Lisdoonvarna Fáilte and Lisdoonvarna Community Council.

The new community library replaces the first public library opened in Lisdoonvarna almost fifty years ago. "In 1946, the Clare Library Committee agreed to provide Lisdoonvarna with a new service under their re-organisation scheme. It was five years, however, before any negotiations about rented premises took place", a spokesman for the Clare Library Service recalled.  "The first branch library was officially opened on 11th November 1951 by County Councillor, James O'Brien. If was situated in the premises of Mrs. McInerney, whose daughter Kitty McInerney, was appointed Branch Librarian and served for thirty years", the spokesman added.

These were just some of the facts recalled at the library's second coming last week. County Manager, Willie Moloney, praised the development and thanked the partners involved. He pointed out that the venture was provided at a cost of £60,000, thanks to the hard work of all the groups involved. This contrasted sharply with the costs incurred setting up the library in 1951. In his formal speech in 1951, Councillor O'Brien thanked the library committee for providing the library at a cost of £150 and books which cost £800. This represented a total cost of £20,000 in 1999 terms.

Speaking at the launch of the new facility, County Librarian, Noel Crowley, thanked the library staff for their dedication to the project. In particular, he praised the work of Anthony Edwards, Ted Finn, Patricia Fitzgerald, Connie Guthrie and Mona O'Connor.

Clare County Council Chairman, Sean Hillery, encouraged everybody to "make use of the wonderful facility because everyone in Lisdoonvarna now has access to the full resources of the library and within weeks will have access to the world through the internet".

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