NEW LIBRARY ONE STEP CLOSER
A new library for Mitchelstown is now one step closer following the signing of the contract last week. The badly needed library will be situated on the ground floor in the Sutton’s Court complex. Cllr Kevin O’Keeffe (FF) is glad that plans for the new library are finally underway.
“While Mitchelstown has a library, access to the building for many has been a problem in the past and the new library is a much needed community resource. I am delighted that it will be up and running in the near future and I am sure that it will provide the community with an excellent centre not only for books and research but for other educational facilities as well,” Cllr O’Keeffe told The Avondhu.
When an announcement was made some months back that Mitchelstown would get a new library it was made clear by Cork county manager, Martin Riordan, that its provision was dependant on the sale of Forrest Hall.
“The sale of Forrest Hall will provide funds for the new library, without this sale there will be no new library for Mitchelstown,” the county manager told The Avondhu back in February this year.
Forrest Hall which is situated at the Square in Mitchelstown was once owned by Dairygold. The building remained empty after it was sold to Cork County Council some years ago and had been earmarked by many community groups as a potential library and community centre.
“I was involved in the sale of Forrest Hall to Cork County Council at a very reasonable price and now I am delighted we have this building at our disposal to use for the new library. I have fought for the new library for Mitchelstown and am delighted that we are at the finishing stages now. The new library will have broadband which will be very welcome to many people in the town,” Cllr Frank O’Flynn (FF) said.
It is hoped that the new library will be open to the public by the end of September.
Thursday 6th August 7:32pm