Athy Library
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Ann K
County Kildare, Ireland16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Friendly Staff and beautiful library .I would suggest you take time to just come and sit and enjoy the lovely atmosphere.
Written April 13, 2023
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davidmarinpache
Dublin, Ireland2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
My father designed this church in the early 60. A hyperbolic parabaloid roof. Way ahead of its time. The windows and light reflections are beautiful. Now a library, I am glad it has been put to use as opposed to being demolished.
Written January 25, 2022
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Eliza Smith
Athy, Ireland31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This is a super library with all the facilities for the public from the Pram to the Grave . Childrens space and Adults whizzkids
Written January 7, 2020
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Mary M G
Kildare, Ireland78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
This beautiful library is such a pleasure to go to. An ex Church it is so serene. The staff are very friendly and helpful and I set up an online book borrowing facility. So much to do there and great community spirit.
Written July 1, 2019
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia7,762 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
Once a Dominican church, now the town library.
I recall the passionate arguments and divided opinions when the futuristic design was disclosed to worshippers of the old Dominican church. It was seen as 'something that you'd see in an Asian country'. In architectural terms, it is now regarded as an example of brutalistic architecture that was in vogue in the 1960's and it was complete with an hyperbolic parabaloid roof. I recall opening day in 1965, one of many standing, unable to secure a seat, crowded with both worshippers and those that came along to see this strange church. At that time, the Dominican Order had served the Athy community since 1257, over 700 years little did anyone think that the last mass would be celebrated there a short 50 years later and the church deconsecrated. The last remaining part of the previous church still remains, a not too high tower with hand operated bell atop.
It's good to see that the building has been assumed by the local council. It has been attractively renovated and a modern library fit-out installed and will continue to contribute to the cultural heritage of the town and surrounding districts.
Written June 23, 2019
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