€4.35m for library in Boyle, ex-MBNA HQ to be developed

An artists impression of the new library in Boyle

Projects in Boyle and Carrick-on-Shannon are amongst 23 nationwide which are included in a €115m funding package announced by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD on Thursday last. The projects are being funded as part of Our Rural Future, the Government’s five-year Policy for Rural Development.

Minister of State Frank Feighan described the announcement as a ‘game changer’ for the South Leitrim/North Roscommon area.

€4.35m has been allocated for the development of a new community library in Boyle. This project will build on existing large-scale Rural Regeneration and Development Fund investment in the town, on foot of Boyle 2040, and deliver a community library on a brownfield site in the town centre, creating a key landmark and a new modern and innovative cultural and community space.

The new library, located to the rear of the former Royal Hotel, will face out onto the river walk, in the King House Cultural Quarter. It will be accessible, flexible and suitable for the provision of innovative library services into the future. Alongside traditional library services, the facilities offered in the new multi-functional library with include meeting, workshop and event spaces, technology and research spaces and indoor and outdoor sensory spaces.

Welcoming the news, Shane Tiernan, Chief Executive, Roscommon County Council said the investment “will strengthen the cultural and economic development of Boyle, building on the existing regeneration taking place in the surrounding area.

“I congratulate the elected members and Boyle Town Team for their ongoing support and the Regeneration Team, Roscommon County Council their commitment and dedication to the development of this project and for the delivery of RRDF projects across the county”.

Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy said: “I’m delighted to see this major funding announcement for Boyle of over €4.3 million to build a community library. The library will be building on other regeneration projects in Boyle which will make the town a more vibrant and attractive place to live and do business in”.

Meanwhile, €7.2m is being allocated for Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim. This funding will enable Leitrim County Council to purchase the 112,600 sq. ft. former MBNA campus in Carrick-on-Shannon and develop an enterprise campus at the site.