€2.5m for new library in county Kilkenny town
A county Kilkenny town is to get a brand new state-of-the-art Library and the government has committed more than €2.5 million for its development.
The money has been made available for the new Thomastown Library building through the Government’s Rural Development and Regeneration fund which is aimed at revitalising rural towns and villages and rural living.
In total, €2,562,291 has been allocated to Thomastown Public Library and associated Community Facilities.
The new library, it is hoped, will act as a social and cultural focal point in the town, providing life-long and remote learning opportunities for the local community and will integrate social, economic and recreational amenities in the centre of the town.
Confirming the allocation of the money this morning, Kilkenny TD John McGuinness said: “This is great news for Thomastown and will bring a great boost to the locality with the development of a community facility that will be enjoyed for generations to come.
“Creating social and cultural focal points like this is of huge importance and this is a very positive investment that will bring great benefit to the people of Thomastown and surrounding areas,” Deputy McGuinness concluded.
The Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, Cllr Andrew McGuinness, said: “I’m delighted to welcome this very positive news today and particularly happy for the people in Thomastown who will now get their own state of the art facility that will help their community to thrive.”