May 21, 2022

Ireland: First Look at the New Dublin City Library On Parnell Square

From The Irish Times:

The planned new Dublin City Library on Parnell Square – set to be the linchpin of a Parnell Square Cultural Quarter – took a further step today when its architects unveiled designs for its planning application this month.

The ambitious project, aiming to create a new cultural landmark for the city, involves 11,000 sq m of public amenity: a restoration of a Georgian terrace on the north of the square, and a dramatic new building behind it. The plan is for a two-year or three-year build, with a handover to Dublin City Council in 2023.


Dublin City Council will fund up to 45 per cent of the project, and at least 55 per cent is to come from philanthropy, said acting city librarian Brendan Teeling. Parnell Square Foundation, a charitable trust established by Kennedy Wilson (a global real estate investment company headquartered in Beverly Hills) is managing funding.

No State funding has yet been committed, and Teeling said it is a local authority project.

Dublin City Council Video

Parnell Square Cultural Quarter and City Library from Parnell Square Cultural Quarter on Vimeo.

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See Also: Official Announcement (via Dublin City Council)

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