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Douglas library stock destroyed

Thursday, 17th October, 2019 9:04am

More than two-thirds of the books in Douglas Library have been destroyed because of the recent fire at the shopping centre.

Since the fire at the end of August, which tore through the car park of Douglas Village Shopping Centre, work has been ongoing to clean and fix the site but the centre may not reopen until summer 2020.

The blaze caused major structural damage to the car park and over 60 vehicles.

It’s understood that €10m worth of damage was caused because of the fire which is still being investigated.

However, it also emerged at a meeting of Cork City Council on Monday that more than two-thirds of the stock at Douglas Library has been destroyed, too.

During the meeting, Independent Cllr Kieran McCarthy asked Adrienne Rodgers, Director of Services, Community, Culture & Placemaking, for an update on the village’s library service.

She said: “We’re currently looking at the insurance issues around the stock that’s been destroyed but our focus at the moment is to get a library up and running.

“Douglas Library suffered considerable damage as a result of the recent fire in Douglas Village Shopping Centre. Since the fire, council officials have been working to try and restore a library service to the community in Douglas and environs, as quickly as possible.”

The council wants to provide a pop-up library facility initially on a three days per week basis, in a suitable location in Douglas and this expect to start in November 2019.

The council is also making progress in restoring a full library service in Douglas on an interim basis.

She added: “I would hope to have more detailed information for comhairleoirí in the near future. As Douglas Library was a lending facility, like other local libraries, one-third approximately of the stock was in circulation outside of the premises at the time of the fire, and this stock will be available to initiate the resumption of service in Douglas.”

The council is in discussions with the relevant Government department to secure funding for additional stock, and is hopeful of a positive outcome.

Meanwhile, one hour free on-street parking is still available from Monday-Saturday in Douglas and free parking is available on Sundays.

The promotion began in September following the fire and Cork City Council will review it as further detail emerges about when the shopping centre car park is likely to re-open.

Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr John Sheehan said: “Douglas is very much open for business and if you’re doing some shopping or having a bite to eat, there’s a great range of shops and restaurants in Douglas.”

Flooded streets

Meanwhile, some traders in Douglas say they were lucky their premises didn’t flooded this week as Cork was battered by torrential rain on Monday night.

Floods were confined by the emergency services and buildings in Douglas village escaped internal water damage.

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