Sunday 25 September 2016

Libraries to get €180,000 for 1916 books

Published 05/08/2016 | 02:30

Local Government Minister Simon Coveney has set aside €180,000 for local authorities to purchases books, DVDs and other resources relating to the rebellion. Photo: John Allen
Local Government Minister Simon Coveney has set aside €180,000 for local authorities to purchases books, DVDs and other resources relating to the rebellion. Photo: John Allen

Libraries around the country are to get funds to build up their stock of material relating to the 1916 Rising.

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Local Government Minister Simon Coveney has set aside €180,000 for local authorities to purchases books, DVDs and other resources relating to the rebellion.

The money will be divided up among councils around the country before being split between public libraries.

"It will support the purchase of books, CDs, DVDs and e-resources and enhance the collection of 1916 Easter Rising material," Mr Coveney said.

It is expected that the additional stock will be available in libraries by October.

According to the minister, there is a significant demand for 1916 material "during this important centenary year".

He said young people had shown a particular eagerness to learn about the Easter Rising.

"It is vital to ensure that everyone has access to material. I am confident that by increasing the 1916 book stock it will further develop our knowledge and respect for this significant period in Ireland's history and thus enhance our cultural heritage," Mr Coveney said.

Irish Independent

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