Voting is now open for the 2011 RIAI Irish Architecture Awards and among the 38 buildings shortlisted in the Public Choice Award Category Online is the Ballymahon Community Library. Designed by Sean Harrington Architects, the building is an elegant modern space that is a delight to spend time in.
“The brief was to refurbish the very dilapidated but much loved Market House building, and to develop it as a modern community library and meeting space for the Ballymahon community,” said County Librarian Mary Carleton Reynolds. “Since the new community library has opened its doors the excitement, pride, and sense of ownership that has been expressed by the local community has completely surpassed all of our expectations.“
Since it’s opening in late February over 1,000 new members have registered, in excess of 10,000 books have been borrowed, over 12,000 visits have been recorded and 1,500 internet sessions have been used by members of the public.
Longford County Library Service together with Longford Local Authorities have expressed their delight with Ballymahon Community Library’s inclusion in the Public Choice Award Category shortlist.
Other buildings shortlisted in the awards include the Aviva Stadium and the Model Arts Centre, Sligo. The building with the most votes in the Public Choice Award Category will be announced on Monday July 11.
“A campaign is now being spearheaded for Ballymahon Community Library throughout all of our library branches, also through our library website www.longfordlibrary.ie and through social media such as Twitter and facebook calling on the local and wider Longford community and beyond to join with us and register an online vote for Ballymahon Community Library,” said Mary Carleton Reynolds.
A number of events are also planned including a Shannnonside FM broadcast live from Ballymahon Community Library between 1.30 and 2.30pm on Friday June 24. Voting now open on www.architectureawards.ie