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Dun Laoghaire library in top three favourite buildings


Dun Laoghaire library

Dun Laoghaire library

Dun Laoghaire library

The controversial Dun Laoghaire library building, which overlooks the harbour, has been chosen in a public vote as one of Ireland's favourite buildings.

The Lexicon library (inset) had divided local opinion when it was built, with some claiming it was overbearing and inappropriate for its location on the historic seafront.

However, it came third in the bid by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) to find Ireland's favourite building.

St Mel's Cathedral in Longford won the top award after it's amazing restoration, undertaken after it was gutted by fire on Christmas Day, 2009.

A private house in north County Dublin came second.

A total of 36 projects were shortlisted for the public choice award.

Other shortlisted projects included Rosie Hackett Bridge in Dublin, Dalkey Heritage Centre and Town Hall in Dublin, and Athlone Community College.

The awards received 120 entries over 16 categories and the winners were announced at an awards ceremony in Wood Quay this morning.