Site for new library in Edgeworthstown chosen

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Edgeworthstown is celebrating this week with the news that a site has been acquired for the new library.

Edgeworthstown is celebrating this week with the news that a site has been acquired for the new library.

Edgeworthstown Development Association has been to the forefront of community development for the last thirty years and announced on Saturday that it has purchased a very historic site along the town’s main street known locally as ‘The Imperial’.

“This is a major achievement for the Association and adds to its existing facilities including the Recreation Park in the Green and the Old Schoolhouse,” said chairman, Matt Farrell.

“It is now proposed to develop a new community library and cultural centre complete with public plaza and car parking on the site.”

A new library for the area has been in the pipeline for a long number of years, so the influence of the Association in recent times is something that fast tracked the initiative.

Edgeworthstown Development Association had been working with Longford County Council to develop the project which it is envisaged will enhance the town and its environs.

A design plan has been initiated and will be on public display shortly.

“Edgeworthstown has a rich literary and cultural heritage and it was with this in mind that the Association recently took a lease on St John’s Rectory and developed the Edgeworth Literary Trail,” continued Mr Farrell.

“We see Edgeworthstown becoming a major literary and cultural centre over the next number of years and the proposed development on the main street will become a community space as well as a beautiful place to welcome visitors to the town.

“There is an extensive Edgeworth Library that is split up throughout the county and we hope to have it assembled and located in our new centre.”

In a statement, Longford Co Council said it had been working with Edgeworthstown Development Committee to provide a new Community Library in Edgeworthstown.

“At this stage, a site is identified and plans are being prepared to apply to the Department of the Environment for funding to support this development,” a spokesperson added.

“ Only when plans are complete and funding secured, can the project go to tender stage.”

In an effort to fund the community projects in Edgeworthstown, the local development association plans to hold a Race Night in Mullingar on Saturday, September 12 next.

Tickets, which cost €20 are available in local shops and from members of the committee who will be calling door to door to sell them over the coming weeks.