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Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney TD officially opened Hollyhill Library on 19 September 2016.


l-r: Chief Executive Cork City Council Ann Doherty, Lord Mayor, Cllr Des Cahill, Executive Librarian Ann Riordan, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney TD.

Minister Coveney TD and Lord Mayor Cllr Des Cahill met pupils of St Mary's On The Hill National School and Terence MacSwiney Community College, who formed a guard of honour for their visit. Addressing the community, Lord Mayor Cllr Des Cahill vowed to work towards building a new City Library on Grand Parade, and a library to serve the south-east ward. Chief Executive Ann Doherty acknowledged Hollyhill Library winning second place in the Public Choice Irish Architecture Awards 2016, and the Public Sector Magazine Best Local Authority Library awards received by Cork City Libraries two years in a row. Minister Coveney recognised the importance of public libraries, and said that Hollyhill Library is a benchmark for all libraries countrywide. He acknowledged the work of the library and council staff in making the library a success. Executive Librarian for Hollyhill Library Ann Riordan praised the local community in her speech entitled 'Library Of Dreams'. Eight-year-old library member Chaniece Crowley charmed all the invited guests with her essay 'We Love Our New Library.

Following the speeches, local writers and musicians presented copies of their works to the Lord Mayor and City Librarian, Liam Ronayne.

  • 'Cranking Up the Motor' by Pat McCarthy (deceased) presented by his widow Mary McCarthy
  • 'The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent De Paul In Ireland. The Early Years' presented by Sr. Marguerite
  • 'Knitting for Squids - Gathering together art and thoughts by young people' presented by Jade Foley
  • a music CD by the Children's Choir of St Mary's on the Hill presented by Jennifer Brooks and Margaret O' Hare  


Minister Simon Coveney TD meets pupils of St Mary's On The Hill National School and Terence MacSwiney Community School.


City Librarian, Liam Ronayne addresses the invited guests.


Minister Simon Coveney TD addresses the invited guests and declares Hollyhill Library officially open.


Executive Librarian for Hollyhill Library Ann Riordan addresses the invited guests.


Chaniece Crowley reads an essay entitled 'We Love Our New Library'.


Lord Mayor, Cllr Des Cahill, and Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney TD with Chaniece Crowley.


Minister Simon Coveney TD borrows a book at a self-service kiosk.


l-r: Director of Services Paul Moynihan, Chief Executive Ann Doherty, Cllr Kenneth Collins, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald, Lord Mayor Cllr Des Cahill, Executive Librarian Ann Riordan, Minister Simon Coveney TD, and Cllr Mick Nugent.


l-r: Lord Mayor Cllr Des Cahill, Chief Executive Ann Doherty, Director of Services Valerie O'Sullivan, and Minister Simon Coveney TD.

The new Hollyhill Library building opened to the public on 1 July 2015. The building cost €4.14 million, and €400,000 was spent on new books, CDs and DVDs. This beautiful light-filled library was designed by Cork City Council Architects' Office, led by Tony Duggan, Kevin Cullen and Neil Purkiss. The construction was project managed by Cumnor Ltd.

In May 2016 Hollyhill Library was awarded second place in the RIAI Public Choice Award in the Irish Architecture Awards 2016.

In the first 12 months in the new library, there has been a huge increase in use

  • an increase of 430% in numbers of books, CDs and DVDs borrowed
  • an increase of 715% in visitor numbers
  • an increase of 362% in members
  • an increase of 751% in queries
  • an increase of 220% in computer sessions

The total number of members is equal to 42% of the immediate local population, one of the highest percentage rates in Ireland.

The building is 887 square meters and comprises of public library lending area, exhibition space The Lightwell, and a community room on the first floor with fanastic views out over the city. There is an outdoor seated plaza. The Lightwell, community room and outdoor plaza are available for booking. 

exterior front

Image copyright Moira O'Brien

Image copyright Moira O'Brien

kids area2 

non fic shelves

exhibition area