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Brought to book – after 74 years on loan

THEY say it's better late than never – and a library book has finally been returned after almost 74 years on loan.

At the official opening of the new library building in Wexford town, a historian handed over a book borrowed on December 5, 1938. Bernard Browne was rummaging through some old novels that had been given to him when he noticed Arthur Conan Doyle's 'Uncle Bernac'.

Overdue charges on the book would have been "over 9,000 pennies in old money", explained Bernard's wife, Elizabeth Rose Browne.

Irish Independent