Wednesday 18 September 2019

Wexford county librarian to retire

Retiring: Fionnuala Hanrahan.
Retiring: Fionnuala Hanrahan.

Fionnuala Hanrahan, Wexford's county librarian, will finish the most exciting chapter in her life when she retires next month following 19 years of service to the county.

She is a native of Dublin, a graduate in archaeology and was the deputy head of the Dublin library service before taking up her appointment as county librarian in Wexford in 1996.

She is known and respected by councillors, county managers and staff as a reforming library manager and had the support of former county managers, Seamus Dooley, Eddie Breen, Adrian Doyle and present county manager Tom Enright for her work.

She refurbished the libraries in New Ross, Wexford and Enniscorthy and oversaw the building of three new libraries - one in Bunclody, another in Gorey and the flagship state of the art, Wexford library.

She expanded the mobile library service to provide one for north of the county and one for the south.

She also backed the publication of several important County Wexford books including Exemplar Hiberniae - 100 years of local government in County Wexford, Edited by William Creedon; Between place and parish: a guide to the historical administrative divisions of County Wexford, compiled by Celestine Rafferty; New Ross, Ros Ponte, Ros Mhic Treoin, edited by Professor Tom Dunne of UCC; Enniscorthy- a history edited by Colm TóibÍn and Celestine Murphy and On Our Own Ground - County Wexford Parish by Parish by Dr. Ned Culleton.

Fionnuala Hanrahan is a former president of the Library Association of Ireland. She served on the board of the Irish Library Council and the Library Association of Ireland for many years.

She has served also on the Library Development Committee and the Local Government Development Agency and is a board member of Age and Opportunity.

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