Andrew Carnegie, The Library Man

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Andrew CarnegieIn 1902, Rathmines and Rathgar Urban District Council applied for a grant to Andrew Carnegie who was at that time dispensing large sums of money for the building of libraries, the world over. The application was successful and in 1903 a sum of £7,500, later increased to £8,500 was granted. The Library and Technical Institute were opened on October 24th, 1913.

Right: Andrew Carnegie

To celebrate the centenary of Rathmines Library, Brendan Langley gave a talk on the fascinating life of Andrew Carnegie, the industrialist and philanthropist entitled "Andrew Carnegie, The Library Man". Brendan Langley is a local historian with a long association with the Rathmines, Ranelagh and Rathgar Historical Society.

The lecture took place on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 at 6.30pm, at Rathmines Library and was part of the programme celebrating Rathmines Library 1913 - 2013 100 Years at the Heart of the Community.


Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie was born in Dunfermline, Scotland on 25 November 1835 but when he was twelve poverty drove his family to emigrate to Pennsylvania. The poverty he experienced as a child influenced his great acts of philanthropy later in life. In his memoirs he wrote:
'This is where the children of honest poverty have the most precious of all advantages over those of wealth - the mother: nurse, cook, governess, teacher, saint, all in one. The father:  exemplar, guide, counsellor and friend. Thus were my brother and I brought up. What has the child of millionaire or nobleman that counts, compared to such a heritage?’ 

If you would like to discover more about Andrew Carnegie, his autobiography is available to borrow from our library catalogue.

Pictured below: Brendan Langley having signed the Rathmines Library 100th Anniversary Commemorative Quilt

Brendan Langley signed the Rathmines Library 100th Anniversary Commemorative Quilt

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