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Ballaghaderreen Library is built in a converted and extended 18th century house, built c. 1780. In the 1870s, the house was altered and raised a further storey to create a 3-storey dwelling. The building is situated on a prominent elevated site on Market Square. The building was extended to the rear. Much of the original detail was reused or replicated. Architectural features include dominant entrance porch, round-headed entrance door with fanlight and stucco-surround. The entrance porch is common to both the library and the Western Development Commission. Natural lighting of the main library by means of high level windows and rooflights (to leave space for bookshelves).

Library Details
Local Authority Name Roscommon County Council
Library Ballaghaderreen
Library Name Dillon House
Date Opened 1 January 2002
Contact Details
Address Dillon House
  Market Square
County Roscommon
Telephone 094 9877044
Locality & Services
Type of Service Branch library
Type of Building Conversion and extension
Type of Building Converted House
Urban Population 1720
Stand Alone Facility No
Locality & Services
Partnerships Western Development Commission
Location on Site Ground floor
Size & Costs
Number of Floors 1
Size (m2) 214
Cost of Library €762,000
Funding Sources Local Authority, DEHLG
Features & Facilities
Special Features Architectural features
Furnishings and fit-out
Accessibility Accessible entrance
Assistive technology
Induction loop
Sustainability / Future Proofing Maximum day-lighting
Special Facilities Local studies collection
Microfilm reader and printer
Internet Access 3 terminals
Wi-Fi No
Printing No
Photocopying No
  1. National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, DEHLG 
  2.  Census 2006 Table 12 Alphabetical list of Towns with their population, 2002 and 2006 (Population within legally defined boundary)
  3.   'Ballaghaderreen Branch Library - the Dillon House'. New Construction Trade, January/February 2001, pp116-117.
Architect & Design Team
Architect Name Office of Public Works (2002)
County/City Librarian Roscommon County Council; Roscommon County Librarian (2002)
Additional Information

Converted from an eighteenth century former home of the Dillon family. James Dillon was the leader of Fine Gael and a noted orator. John Dillon M.P. was a Young Irelander. The building is leased to the Western Development Commission by Roscommon County Council and is now shared between Roscommon County Council and the Office of Public Works.


For further information please contact Roscommon County Council Library Authority


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