Bantry Library: Bantry’s Brutalist Bibliotheque

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Friday 19 July 2024

5:00 pm


Bantry Library

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Bantry Library opened to the public in 1974 and and has been serving the local community for the past fifty years. Architect and Bantry native Dermot Harrington has published Bantry Library: Bantry’s Brutalist Bibliotheque, an architectural archive celebrating Bantry Library’s fiftieth anniversary.

Dermot will be joined by Harry Wallace, original Project Architect, and original contractors from Murnane & OʼShea Building Contractors, Jerry ‘Jer’ OʼSullivan and John OʼNeill along with Donal Hunt who was the M&OS workshop foreman for a conversation about the origins of this iconic building.

The photo of Bantry Library under construction is from Harry Wallace's photo archive

Admission: Free

Bantry Library: Bantry’s Brutalist Bibliotheque is an architectural archive celebrating Bantry Library’s fiftieth anniversary. It explores the conception and construction of one of Ireland’s finest examples of modern architecture. Cork County Architect Patrick McSweeney’s experimental ‘warehouse of knowledge’ emerged as Ireland experienced unprecedented socio-economic and cultural transformation in the 1960s and 1970s. With contributions from critic Shane O’Toole and project architect Harry Wallace, this book captures a sense of that radical time and the arrival of a brutalist, space-age megalith to West Cork. This story is presented with original drawings, models, evocative images of the library’s construction, and newly-commissioned photography and illustrations. It is published by Gandon Editions in Kinsale.



Dermot Harrington

Dermot Harrington is a registered architect and member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and is accredited by the RIAI in Conservation Grade 3. He studied Architectural...

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