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More on the Central Library January 25, 2014

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Thanks to the person who sent this which links in with this post and the accompanying thread from last year.

Dublin City Council has launched a new website at http://www.parnellsquare.ie to promote the City Library and new cultural facilities at Parnell Square Cultural Quarter.

In early April 2013, Dublin City Council announced a vision of a new City Library, cultural facilities and works to the public realm at Parnell Square North.

Dublin City Council, in association with private funding partners, Kennedy Wilson, will deliver a new City Library beside the existing world-class Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane and will offer a range of creative, participative and educational spaces and experiences united by a trinity of themes, Learn, Create and Participate.

A civic plaza will connect the City Library and cultural facilities, creating a new public space that those who live in, work in and visit Dublin can use, engage with and enjoy in the heart of the city.

The new project website http://www.parnellsquare.ie, launched on 21st January 2014, will provide a forum for engagement for all those with an interest in the project. As well as providing a platform for Dublin City Council to tell people about the project, in words, images, and video, the site will facilitate consultations and online discussions about the project, so that Dubliners can help shape the future of the Square.

Parnellsquare.ie features stories and photo galleries related to Parnell Square’s social and architectural history, as well as its connection to many of the nation’s major events and celebrations.

Read about or watch a film of the conversations we held last summer during the first phase of consultation at http://parnellsquare.ie/consultation-summer-2013/ These conversations identified a desire for a vibrant and modern Square, bustling with quirky, family-friendly spaces full of informal and spontaneous creative activity, with a sense of the inside spilling outside to the public realm being seen as the key to the success of the development. It should be a place which reflects modern Irish identity, along with the heritage of the area. There were many ideas and suggestions for use of cultural space in the new library complex and integrated buildings.

As the project to develop the new City Library and cultural facilities progresses, the website will be updated with news of that progress, highlighting news and events, and connecting strongly with a social media presence.

Parnellsquare.ie will promote the City Library and cultural facilities at Parnell Square Cultural Quarter as a significant development for Dublin and for those who live in, work in, or visit the City.

The site was commissioned and is managed by Dublin City Public Libraries.


1. Mike Atkinson - January 25, 2014

Wonderful news.


2. rockroots - January 25, 2014

This is good news for Parnell Square, which can be a fairly drab place at the moment, but unless there is genuine regeneration of the area I’d be concerned that the move will make the library less accessible to a big chunk of the population. Although I haven’t been in to the ILAC library in a few years, I always liked the idea of having such an oasis shoehorned into the wall-to-wall shopping district.


EWI - January 26, 2014

One concern is that the present coalition don’t try to use this as an opportunity to encroach on the Garden of Remembrance. There’s already a ghastly tunnel proposed there to ‘commemorate’ child sexual abuse…


3. EWI - January 26, 2014

Kennedy Wilson, of course, will no doubt welcome the goodwill in return from DCC at Clancy Barracks and elsewhere in the future (and the curious previous co-location of the library with a shopping centre is no coincidence either, of course)


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