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Thursday 21 August 2014

New chapter for Dunlavin

Myles Buchanan

Published 27/11/2013 | 05:44

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'This building is older than the USA or Australia,' noted Cllr. Jimmy O'Shaughnessy as he officially launched the refurbished Dunlavin Library on Wednesday afternoon.

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'This building is older than the USA or Australia,' noted Cllr. Jimmy O'Shaughnessy as he officially launched the refurbished Dunlavin Library on Wednesday afternoon.

The building was originally constructed as a market house in the 1740s by the Tynte family at a cost of £1,200. Architect Richard Cassels designed the building and was also responsible for the design of Russborough House, Carton House and Leinster House.

Wicklow County Manager Eddie Sheehy, also speaking at the launch, said there was already a notable increase in the numbers using the library since it reopened after the refurbishment works.

The library now boasts brand new furniture and shelving, with a designated library area for both adults and children. There is also an area for adults to relax and read books or newspapers.

The former courtroom is now the children's library. While some of the old courtroom elements have been retained, such as the witness box and part of the public bench, the room now contains soft furnishings and new books shelves and furniture, making it a welcoming area for children.

The official opening of the library also coincided with the launch of the 'Shelf Help' project by Dr. Rosario Power. This is a HSE initiative available in libraries in west Wicklow and Kildare, containing a core stock of material on mental health issues.

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