New €7m Community Library set for Boyle

Pictured at the signing of contact documents for the €7m Community Library in Boyle on Friday were – Back row (l. to r.): Gary O’Connor, Project Architect, Rhatigan Architects; Kieran Shaughnessy, Executive Librarian, Roscommon County Council; Neal Geraghty, Acting Senior Executive Engineer and Enda Mulryan, Acting Senior Engineer, Regeneration section, Roscommon County Council. Front row (l. to r.): Mark Keaveney, Director of Services; Trevor James, Lead Director, Rhatigan Architects; Cllr. John Keogh, Cathaoirleach, Roscommon County Council; Shane Tiernan, Chief Executive and Fiona Ní Chuinn, Director of Services, Roscommon County Council.

As part of Roscommon County Council’s overall vision for the regeneration of Boyle Town and working with its partners, the local authority has secured funding for the development of a new Community Library for the town.

The Department of Rural and Community Development has allocated €5.6 million under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund. This will be matched by €1.4 million from the Council’s own resources.

The development of the €7m Boyle Community Library which is located in an Architectural Conservation Area to the rear of the Royal Hotel redevelopment will include the construction of a new 2-storey building developed to current library standards with an approximate area of 500 square metres.

The development will also comprise a modern energy efficient design with a triple “A” pitched roof, to include timber cladding and large glazed windows, the construction of a Sensory Garden while the facility will also be ‘My Open Library’ enabled.

The new Boyle Community Library will be an important feature and will offer services and facilities which include dedicated areas for children, general leisure reading, computer and study areas, meeting rooms and exhibition areas.

Welcoming the appointment of Rhatigan Architects Ltd., Chief Executive Shane Tiernan said: “This Project, when complete, will provide a modern library facility in the heart of Boyle with ‘My Open Library’ technology facilitating extended hours of access for the people of Boyle and County Roscommon to enjoy for years to come.

“This is an exciting time for Boyle with a new state-of-the art Library. In addition, the development includes the completion of landscaping works and the development of a pedestrian link between the new Boyle Community Library and Boyle Car Park.  The new library facility is expected to open in summer 2026”, concluded the Chief Executive.