Protest over delayed reopening of Ballaghaderreen Library

A silent protest took place outside Ballaghaderreen Library on Friday last to highlight the ongoing delays in reopening the local service, which has been closed since the outbreak of Covid-19 two years ago.

The library is now not expected to reopen until 2023 at the earliest due to the upgrades required for the My Open Library Service. As a listed building, it had already gone through a lengthy planning process for proposed upgrade works in 2020.

  Speaking following the protest on Friday, David Creighton, whose sister Deirdre had worked in the library prior to her recent death, questioned the reasons behind the facility’s closure.

“My sister Deirdre had been librarian until the library closed during the pandemic. She sadly passed away in January of this year. Two years ago, the library received a grant for upgrades but instead it closed. Deirdre then had to commute to Roscommon while her colleague was relocated to Boyle,” David said.

“It’s hard to understand why the library closed indefinitely with no planning permission for the upgrades, or contractor in place to carry out the works”.

David said the library was a wonderful local amenity and a place where local people could meet and learn. He said that following Deirdre’s death the Creighton family received many cards and letters highlighting the valued service she and fellow librarian Eithne McDermott had provided in Ballaghaderreen.