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Bishopstown Library opens to the public

Bishopstown Library opened to the public on 28 November 2006, and was formally opened on 8 December 2006 by Mr Micheál Martin, TD, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, in the presence of the Lord Mayor, Cllr Michael Ahern. Other speakers at the official opening were: City Manager Joe Gavin, Director of Service Joe Kennelly, City Librarian Liam Ronayne, President of the Library Association of Ireland Ruth Flanagan, and Tony Keohane, MD of Tesco Ireland who donated the library site to Cork City Council.

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Mr. Micheál Martin, TD, Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment speaking at the official opening of Bishopstown Library, (© Evening Echo)


The building, located in the precinct of Wilton Shopping Centre near the SMA church, provides children’s stock, adult fiction, music recordings and books, Learning and Information resources, public computers, non-fiction stock, and space for group study, and exhibitions and events.

With a floor area in excess of 1,100 sq. metres, Bishopstown Library is the largest of the six local libraries provided by Cork City Libraries. The new Library received generous financial support from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government for constructing and equipping the building, with matching funded provided by Cork City Council. The Library is on three floors, two of which are public floors.

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