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The new library will be located in the Market Square.

The new library will be located in the Market Square.

The new library will be located in the Market Square.

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CORK County Council has confirmed the long -awaited permanent library in Kanturk will finally open its doors to the public early in the New Year.

In an email to local councillors Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District Officer Matt Farrell confirmed that the temporary mobile library in the town will close next Wednesday (December 1) to facilitate the opening of the new facility.

The long-running saga dates back to June 2017, when the authority unexpectedly closed the former library premises on Main Street due to what was described as “structural concerns” in relation to the building.

At the time a council official said the authority had been left with no option but to vacate the building, which was being leased by the authority, as its conditions “posed a danger to the public.”

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The following July it was announced that the service, which has been forced to operate from a static mobile library in the Mart car-park, would be relocating to a new permanent site at the former Riverside Bar and Restaurant on Strand Street.

However, that arrangement subsequently fell though, forcing the council to begin the process of looking for an alternative suitable building in the town to house the library.

While the authority looked at a number of potential sites, none of theme were deemed to be large enough for the range of activities planned for the new library.

It subsequently emerged that the council had secured the use of the former Central Sports Store in the Market Square for the library.

Over the course of the next month or so library staff that had been located at other branches in Mallow and Newmarket will fitting out the new premises with items from the old library that have been in storage since in closed three-and-a-half years ago.

Welcoming the imminent opening up of the new library premises, Cllr John Paul O’Shea said it was it was large enough to suit the needs of the local community.

“The Market Square premises fits that bill perfectly. It is in an ideal central location for the public and will of huge benefit to the town,” said Cllr O’Shea.

“Credit must go to the councils library service for accommodating locals at its other branches and providing the mobile service to the town in the interim,” he added.


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