On 16 July 1975 a new library and museum opened in Ennis, Co. Clare.
The Minister for Local Government, James Tully, officially opened the new library and museum. The new facility is housed in a former Presbyterian Church on Harmony Row. The Minister commented that not only does the building get a new lease of life but it also offers a great contribution to European Architectural Heritage Year.
With room for 21,000 books, the new library also has a museum with exhibits including an ornate door salvaged from one of the ships in the Spanish Armada and a wheel barrow and spade used by Charles Stewart Parnell to cut the first sod of the West Clare railway. There is also has a special reference section on county Clare.
The new library was built in response to a growing demand for the service. It is also planned to introduce an expanded mobile library service for the region.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 16 July 1975.