Top architectural body honours Ballymahon library
The newly redesigned Ballymahon library received a glowing recommendation this week from one of the country's leading architectural bodies.
Experts from the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland singled out the library in its 'Conservation/Restoration Category Architecture Awards for 2011, earmarking its much changed and modern design structure as reasons for its inclusion. The former market house, founded in 1819, recently underwent a 1.5m facelift, culminating in its eventual re-opening to the general public in January. Computer facilities as well as expansive lending and referencing sections now span much of the library's ground floor layout alongside a spacious judges' room which is located upstairs. The chief proponents behind the redesign process were Galway firm Purcell Construction and Scan Harrington Architects from Dublin.
See the Ballymahon Library page.