Plans for a major Dublin development include the Kennedy Memorial Concert Hall and a new National Library.

This evening a select group will meet at Iveagh House on St Stephen's Green to view the unveiling of the first public exhibition of designs for the John F Kennedy Memorial Concert Hall. 

The memorial will be situated on the corner of Haddington Road and Northumberland Road, on a site covering an area of approximately fourteen acres, at a cost of £1.25 million. It has been designed by Raymond McGrath, head architect at the Board of Works (Office of Public Works). 

The plans show a purpose-designed concert hall, and a new premises to house the National Library of Ireland. These two buildings will be separated by a pedestrian precinct, below which there is an underground car park. 

The concert hall’s main auditorium can seat 1800 people, which Raymond McGrath explains is, 

Designed not only to hear well but to see well, and to give the greatest possible intimacy in a hall of this size.

This report for 'Newsbeat’ was broadcast on 9 March 1965. The reporter is Mike Burns.