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Kilkee Library Scheme Approved by the High Court


THE CLARE CHAMPION, SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 1962

The High Court has now, approved of a scheme for the regulation, management and administration of the Sweeney Memorial Library, Kilkee, and the property thereof. Under the scheme all the property is vested in the Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests for Ireland.

The library is to be used for the purpose of providing reading facilities for members of the public but the local Committee of Management shall, subject to any directions or regulations which may be made from time to time by the Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests, have power to use the library premises or permit them to be used for lectures, concerts, musical recitals, discussions and similar functions of an educational or cultural nature.

The Committee also has power to acquire film projectors, films, slides, record players, gramophone records and similar equipment but so that such powers shall not be used so as to interfere with the primary purpose of the Library, namely the provisions of reading facilities for the public.

The Committee of Management is to consist of eleven members made up as follows: the Parish Priest and Rector of Kilkee or some other persons nominated by them; a member from each of the following bodies: the Clare Co. Committee of Muintir na Tire, the Co. Clare Committee of Macra na Feirme, the Co. Clare Committee of The Irish Countrywomen’s Association and the Kilkee Town Commissioners, and five members appointed by the Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests. These five members have now been nominated and they are: Dr. P.J. O’Dea, Messrs John Collins, Patrick Prendergast, Michael Nolan and M. Flanagan (Clare County Librarian).

The Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests have provisionally decided that the inauguration of the Committee shall take place on May 1. Each member of the Committee (other than the ex-offico members) shall retire from office at the expiration of three years.

The appointment of a librarian and an assistant is solely a matter for the Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests, but the Committee may make such purchases as books, other literature, furniture and other equipment and goods as may be required for the ordinary purposes of the library.

The Commissioners are to erect a plaque of suitable size, material and wording in or on the library premises to indicate that the library was provided by the bounty of Dr. William J. Sweeney of Weehawken, New Jersey, who died on April 22, 1945.

Provision is also made for altering the scheme at any time on application to the High Court.

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