OpenHouse Limerick

Festival Hub Sunday


12.30 to 3.30pm, Sunday October 20th
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Disabled Access


Limerick City Gallery of Art, Carnegie Building, Pery Square, V94 E67F
Architect: George Patrick Sheridan, 1916
Extension Architect: Giron and O'Callaghan 1945
Extension Architect: Hugh Murray of Limerick (Project Architect) and John A. O’Reilly of County Clare (Design Architect) 2012


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This fine Romanesque inspired former Carnegie library was built in 1916 to the designs of the provincial architect George Patrick Sheridan. Andrew Carnegie was a nineteenth-century industrialist born in Dunfermline in Scotland and his fortune was amassed investing in iron and steel industries in America. The Carnegie Trust was established to fund numerous philanthropic enterprises throughout the world, including the construction of many of Ireland's first public libraries in the early decades of the twentieth century.

George Patrick Sheridan was among a number of architects who were responsible for the design of Carnegie libraries throughout the country. The competition was actually won by George Francis Beckett, in 1903, but the design of Sheridan, placed second, was built. The foundation stone of the library was laid by Andrew Carnegie on the 20th October 1903.