DUNDRUM CARNEGIE LIBRARY OPENED ON THE 12th AUGUST 1914

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DUNDRUM CARNEGIE LIBRARY

MORE THAN 100 YEARS OLD [DUNDRUM CARNEGIE LIBRARY OPENED ON THE 12th AUGUST 1914]

Between 1897 and 1913, Andrew Carnegie donated over £170,000 to fund the building of eighty libraries in Ireland. Sixty-two of those libraries have survived to the present day including Dundrum Library which opened in August 2014.

The library was taken over by Dublin County Council as Dundrum Library in the early 1970s. The attractive and locally popular building was cut off from the rest of the village by a new bypass in 2003 so a plan was developed to move the library service to the new shopping centre, which opened in 2005, and to give the library building to the Garda (police service), so that it could become a new Garda station. As you can imagine this plan caused much upset in the local community. All that I can say is that it is still there.

A Carnegie library is a library built with money donated by Scottish businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. A total of 2,509 Carnegie libraries were built between 1883 and 1929, including some belonging to public and university library systems.

1,689 were built in the United States, 660 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, 125 in Canada, and others in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Serbia, Belgium, France, the Caribbean, Mauritius, Malaysia and Fiji.
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