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01 Dec 2021

Works to begin on new city library for Kilkenny at Mayfair, expected to open early next year

Irishtown carpark will be out of action from Monday, October 18

KILKENNY

The old Mayfair Ballroom

Works are due to begin on the development of a new city library in Kilkenny at the Mayfair Ballroom on the Abbey Quarter site in Kilkenny City in the coming weeks. 

Kilkenny County Council says Duggan Lynch Ltd will commence works on behalf of the council, and the contract will be for a duration of 15 months. The new library will be an important feature in the city and will offer services and facilities which include dedicated areas for children, teenagers and general leisure reading, computer and study areas, meeting rooms and exhibition areas.

Funding to the tune of €4.695 million for the project has been received from the Department of Rural and Community Development with matched funding of €1.44 million from the council’s own resources.

In addition, the redevelopment of the Mayfair Building includes the completion of the landscaping works to Horse Barrack Lane and the development of a pedestrian plaza area between the building and Parliament Street. The new library facility is expected to open early in 2023.

“This project, when complete, will provide a modern library facility in the heart of the city with My Open Library technology facilitating extended hours of access for the people of Kilkenny City and County to enjoy for years to come," says Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council Fidelis Doherty.

Mayor of Kilkenny Andrew McGuinness has also welcomed the start of the project.

“This is an exciting time for the city as we see a landmark building like the Mayfair that holds a lot of memories for the people of Kilkenny redeveloped into a new state-of-the art Library for Kilkenny," he said.

As works on this project will commence shortly, the council advise that the public carpark in Irishtown near the Abbey Quarter site will cease to be a public carpark with effect from Monday next, October 18. The council is delivering this project to provide a modern and contemporary library facility for the people of Kilkenny and apologises for any inconvenience caused by removing this carpark from use.

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