We’ve enjoyed posting various “might-have-beens” recently, but have saved the most radical until last – a variety of plans to have a new joint facility with the National Library of Ireland.
We’ve already mentioned the promotional film Building for Books. Our colleagues in the Manuscripts & Archives Research Library were able to unearth the following clippings relating to it.
The Irish Tatler & Sketch – a publication the young people of today are probably unfamiliar with, but which can still be found in newsagents as the Irish Tatler – featured the premiere of Building for Books which took place in the Savoy Cinema in O’Connell Street. Prominently at said showing is the then-Taoiseach, later President, Éamon de Valera.
In 1958, the fundraising campaign to start raising the capital necessary to construct a new library began in earnest, with a public launch on 15 July in the Long Room. This led to the release of the promotional film, Building for Books, in theatres. It’s not often a film about libraries makes it to the cinema, but this managed it.
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