A STONE plaque marking the opening of the new €1 million library in Cappamore by Minister Michael Noonan was defaced by vandals who painted a “distasteful” comment about the finance minister beside an inscription marking the official unveiling.
However, according to locals, the “disappointing” act did not “in any way take from what was a great day for Cappamore and East Limerick”.
Shortly before the finance minster was due to arrive on the site of the state-of-the-art library and arts studios, two men could be seen desperately trying to remove the wording from the bottom of the stone plaque with cloths and paint remover.
It appears that the vulgar wording had been penned with a black marker. “That’s not what Cappamore people are about. It was disappointing but it didn’t in any way take from what was a great day for Cappamore and East Limerick,” said local councillor Noel Gleeson.
“There are cameras there. Unfortunately, most public places are now targeted. I wouldn’t condone it,” he added.
The library, Cllr Gleeson, said is “a fine facility” for Cappamore and the wider community. “My own two grandchildren are after being down there for a couple of books. It is very welcome,” he said.
Commenting at the official opening, Minister Noonan described the new facility as “beautiful”.
“You can see the hands of architect Michael Healy on it,” said the minister who remembered visiting the library when it was the boys’ school and was used as a polling booth. “All the light that comes in would encourage one to come in and borrow a book,” he smiled.
The facility, which will pilot a range of new technology initiatives - some of which have never been used in Ireland before – is the first library in Limerick to be 100% self service.