Funding of €1m in new Limerick library

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

FUNDING of €1 million will ensure learning continues in the old boys school in Cappamore.

FUNDING of €1 million will ensure learning continues in the old boys school in Cappamore.

It is to be turned into a new refurbished state of the art library and artist studios.

Limerick County Council welcomed the announcement by the Department of Environment of its decision to approve a capital grant of €559,000 for the library.

As part of the overall project, an additional capital grant of €149,000 has been approved by Ballyhoura Development Limited for the construction of four arts studios.

Cathaoirleach Jerome Scanlan said it is a key strategic element in the council’s Library and Arts Development Plan for the delivery of a modern range of services to the public in East Limerick.

“In recognition of this Limerick County Council is providing matching funding of €266,000. Cappamore Development Association is contributing €10,000 towards the cost of the project. “This represents a combined capital investment of €1m in Cappamore,” said Cllr Scanlan.

Conn Murray, manager of the Limerick Local Authorities, said: “The new 242 sqm library will allow for the full refurbishment of the former boys national school as an adult lending library and the construction of an 118 sqm extension for a new children’s library.

“The new library provides a range of services including an adult and children’s lending service, a local studies and reference service, public and civic information services and public access to IT.”

The Limerick Leader revealed the project was in the pipeline in April but it goes back much further than that.

Local county councillor, Noel Gleeson, said at the time that work on the project goes back over two years when the council bought the school from the church, who were its patrons.

“County librarian, Damien Brady, has put a big effort in to this and our parish priest, Fr Dick Browne, helped to finalise the deal,” said Cllr Gleeson, who added with the closures of banks and garda stations it was fantastic that this library will be opened.

“It will be for the whole of East Limerick,” said Cllr Gleeson.

Senator James Heffernan and Minister Jan O’Sullivan also welcomed the news.