Parnell Square Cultural Quarter

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Public Consultation

In early April 2013, Dublin’s Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí announced a vision of a new cultural quarter for Dublin city – Parnell Square. A new City Library will be built beside the existing world-class Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and will offer a range of creative, participative and educational experiences, united by a trinity of themes, Learn, Create and Participate. A civic plaza will connect the new City Library and cultural facilities, creating a new public space that those who live, work and visit Dublin can use, engage with and enjoy in the heart of the city.

Dublin City Council has launched a new website at  to promote the City Library and new cultural facilities at Parnell Square Cultural Quarter. It will provide a forum for engagement for all those with an interest in the project. As well as providing a platform for Dublin City Council to tell people about the project, in words, images, and video, the site will facilitate consultations and online discussions about the project, so that Dubliners can help shape the future of the Square. features stories and photo galleries related to Parnell Square’s social and architectural history, as well as its connection to many of the nation’s major events and celebrations. 

Read about or watch a film of the conversations we held last summer during the first phase of consultation at  
These conversations identified a desire for a vibrant and modern Square, bustling with quirky, family-friendly spaces full of informal and spontaneous creative activity, with a sense of the inside spilling outside to the public realm being seen as the key to the success of the development. It should be a place which reflects modern Irish identity, along with the heritage of the area. There were many ideas and suggestions for use of cultural space in the new library complex and integrated buildings.

As the project to develop the new City Library and cultural facilities progresses, the website will be updated with news of that progress, highlighting news and events, and connecting strongly with a social media presence.


Launch Event

On Friday 5th April the Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí announced details of a visionary new project for Dublin city: the Parnell Square Parnell Square Cultural Quarter launch photoCultural Quarter. The development will involve the construction of a new and innovative Dublin City Library on the site of Colaiste Mhuire on Parnell Square. 

The new City Library and the existing spectacular Hugh Lane Gallery will be connected by a civic plaza, creating a new intercultural district for Dublin. The project will fulfil the City’s ambitions for a ‘Civic Spine’ connecting the capital’s key historic places.

It will be a new public landmark that will inspire physical and economic renewal. Seed capital for the project is being provided by international real estate investment and services company, Kennedy Wilson on a philanthropic basis.

The company, which has its main European office in Dublin, will also lead further required fund raising and provide expertise to assist in management of the development. Preliminary estimates for the full development cost are €60m.
Public consultation to explore how the cultural quarter can realise its potential for positive impact will commence shortly.

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