Edgeworthstown library plan unveiled

An artist's impression of the proposed new Community Library in Edgeworthstown. Planning permission is being sought for the multi-million euro project.
Edgeworthstown Development Association in conjunction with Longford County Council this week unveiled plans for a new Community Library on Main Street in the town.

Edgeworthstown Development Association in conjunction with Longford County Council this week unveiled plans for a new Community Library on Main Street in the town.

The library is earmarked for a site recently purchased by the Development Association and, if it gets the go-ahead, will lead to the development of a landmark building in the heart of one of Longford’s most historic towns.

“These are exciting times in the town with the recent establishment of the Edgeworth Literary Trail which is receiving rave reviews from all those who have taken the walk,” Matt Farrell for the Development Association told the Longford Leader.

“Failte Ireland have visited the project and the Association hope that they will get involved in its promotion. Only this week an expert in the field of heritage visited the town and could not understand how all we have to offer has remained undiscovered for so long.”

Planning permission has been submitted for the new library and the plans can be viewed at the Council Office, the County Library or the Development Association offices at the Old Schoolhouse on the Ballymahon Rd.

According to Matt Farrell, there is huge interest in the project locally.

“There’s a great buzz about it at the minute,” he explained.

“This will bring the town to a new level.”

The committee will also unveil plans for a new streetscape in the town in the coming weeks. It also hopes that the library will be finished by 2017 , the 250th anniversary of the birth of Maria Edgeworth and the 200th anniversary of the death of Richard Lovell Edgeworth.

“We would love to see it by 2017,” Matt agreed.

“We are gearing everything towards a year-long celebration so we would love to see the library in place.”

The Development Association is undertaking a major fundraising drive with a race night taking place on September 12 in Mullingar to raise funds for their various projects. Tickets are €20, which includes entry to a draw for €1,000.