justnotbothered wrote:The plan is to rehouse the city library in the God-awful development of Limerick Boat Club.
rumpelstiltskin wrote:It's also worth pointing out that the Jesuit Church on the Crescent is empty. The guy who bought it committed suicide because of financial difficulties, so maybe it could be acquired for the library rather than the idiotic plan for it being implemented. I think that putting the library there would improve the area, giving people a reason to go to one of the architectural set pieces of Limerick. Maybe it could be in the context of an improvement of the Crescent in general. The only possible downside is that it might be considered a little far from the very centre of Limerick, but I'd be in favour of expanding the centre towards the Georgian core anyway.
bonzer1again wrote:Also wasn't there talks a few years ago of building a courthouse next to limerick prison so as to minimise security costs involved in transporting prisoners...with a tunnel linking the prison to the courthouse...never know the 4 million they spent doing up the court house in town might now make for a great library.
Still though maybe by moving the City Library back to the Peoples Park and then making the City Art Gallery the main tenant of the Boat Club Development, could have changed peoples negative perception of it.
justnotbothered wrote:Yes, all art galleries need large three story glass windows, you can be the first guy to hammer a nail into them to hang a picture...
The design for the boat club isn't suited to either an art gallery or a library, course, it isn't suited to anything except inspiring nausea.
rumpelstiltskin wrote:The Centre Pompidou in Paris is an art gallery made out of glass. They used this extraordinary French invention called "partition walls" to hang paintings on. What imagination!
justnotbothered wrote:For example, if you relocated the library and art galley to the King's Island you could massively increase the footfall on Nicolas street, added this to the relatively minor task of converting the Courthouse to cinema/theatre and suddenly we'd actually have a few cultural buildings in close proximity, Cathedral. Castle, City Museum, Hunt Museum, Bishop's palace, library, gallery, arthouse cinema, theatre, Munchins theatre.
Three years on, and no progress on funding for new library (Limerick Independent)
Written by Rachael Finucane
NO PROGRESS has been made on getting Government funding for a new city library after the application was made over three years ago, a council meeting has heard. Head librarian, Dolores Doyle, told the Arts, Sports and Culture SPC that the site earmarked for the new library is the Potato Marketâ€”which was only recently referred to by Cllr John Gilligan as in need of development.
A spokesman for the environment department said that in 2008 the council indicated that the total cost of the project was expected to be around â‚¬12m with â‚¬5m requested from the department. â€œTo put this in context, it should be noted that the total funding available nationally to all library capital projects in 2009 was â‚¬8.5m,â€ he said, adding that when asked to prioritise works the council made â€œa new central library and HQ its top priority under any new schemeâ€. â€œUnfortunately, it was not possible to fund this project at that time [August 2008] due to limits on available funding and the mix of projects approved, spread of projects and deliverability within the two year timeframe of the 2009-2010 programmeâ€¦All local authority priority projects remain under consideration subject to availability of future funding.â€
Ms Doyle said that the council is hoping it might get funding this year to take the project to Part 8 i.e. approval of the plans by the council. â€œWe have met with department officials and they are very much behind the project. Unfortunately, we picked the wrong time to apply as the recession came hot on our heels.â€ Cllr Kathleen Leddin said that if anything is to be done with the Potato Market site near City Hall and â€œit should involve civic offices, housing the library, instead of a commercial buildingâ€.
Councillors want to acquire Limerick city centre church for new library
By Mike Dwane
Published on Wednesday 19 October 2011 12:39
THE Jesuits have a long history in education in Limerick and while the order may have quit the city centre, councillors want that tradition of learning to continue by acquiring their former church for a new library.
The Church of the Sacred Heart at the Crescent was bought by the late Galway developer John O’Dolan in 2006 for a reported €4 million but is now available at a knockdown price, councillors claimed at a meeting of the cultural committee.
But director of services Pat Dowling reminded members that the Council had previously given the go-ahead to investigate the Potato Market as a potential location for a new city library.
Cllr Kathleen Leddin said the Jesuit Church would be “ideal”. Currently located at an outdated building in The Granary, the library, Cllr Leddin said, had previously been located on Henry Street and Pery Square, at the same end of town as the Jesuit Church.
Cllr Michael Hourigan, meanwhile, urged the Council to make a bid for the property.
“It is on the market again at a fraction of the price it was available for only a few years ago. It would cost hundreds of thousands. We are not talking about millions any more,” he said.
“If not as a library or a museum, we would find some use for it,” Cllr Hourigan said in proposing City Hall acquire the property, seconded by Cllr Kevin Kiely.
Mr Dowling previously told the Council that he had visited the church but this was not to be interpreted as meaning a bid was in the offing.
“It is easy to say it would make a great library but that is something that would take at least 10 years,” he said, adding “significant investment” would be needed to bring the building up to standard.
“The Council did agree,” he said “to pursue a new library at the Potato Market and I wouldn’t like to give a mixed message that we have changed our minds.”
The city needed a “modern, iconic city centre library branch” and funding was being sought from central government for same, Mr Dowling said.