Official opening of Rathdrum library

The official opening of the  new Rathdrum library took place on Friday (1st April).

Since the new library opened its doors on March 1st more than 2,000 items have been borrowed by members.

Speaking at the event, Wicklow County Council Chief Executive, Mr Brian Gleeson, noted that  in the first month over 150 new members had joined the library in Rathdrum.

He thanked the elected members of Wicklow County Council for their continued support of library capital projects across the county, including their funding for Rathdrum. He also thanked Director of Services, Michael Nicholson and CCSD library staff for bringing the project to fruition.

Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Shay Cullen, remarked on the array of services which the new library offers, in particular the 12 study spaces  along with the availability of public access.

He said he believed the new library in Rathdrum was the flagship in the standard that should be targeted for libraries in smaller towns. He thanked Margaret Byrne for her dedicated service from the former library in Gilbert’s Row and wished her well in the new building.

Cllr Cullen also acknowledged the dedication of Cllr Pat Kennedy both regarding the library project and other Rathdrum related activities.

He and Cllr Miriam Murphy, Cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District, unveiled a plaque marking the event. It was noted that while Arklow library had also opened on April 1st (2016),  April Fool’s Day had not proven to be a bad omen, with Arklow library growing from strength to strength.

Opening hours at the new library are:

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday               10.00am – 1.00 & 2.00 – 5.00pm

Wednesday                                    2.00-5.00 & 6.00 – 8.30pm

Saturday                                         10.00am – 1.00pm

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