On 17 April 2015, dlr LexIcon was officially opened by An Cathaoirleach Councillor Marie Baker and Master of Ceremonies was Mairead Owens, County Librarian for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Architects Louise Cotter and David Naessens of Carr Cotter & Naessens Architects were also in attendance. This film captures the sense of occasion of this important date, the culmination of many years of planning. In the first four months since dlr LexIcon opened to the public in early December 2014, over 220,000 visitors have come to see this award winning building, averaging 10,000 visitors per week. A record number of new members have joined during this period, 5,200 and over 105,000 items have been borrowed. Music at the launch was provided by by Newpark String trio and Gael Winds. Colm Keegan inaugural Writer in Residence at dlr LexIcon read his poem Beyond This, especially written for the launch event
In early summer 2012, work began in earnest on the iconic dlr LexIcon, the Central Library and Cultural Centre in the heart of Dún Laoghaire. With voiceovers by Louise Cotter ( Carr Cotter & Naessens Architects), Mairead Owens (dlr County Librarian), An Cathaoirleach Councillor Marie Baker and Colm Keegan (Inaugural Writer in Residence at dlr LexIcon), this film shows how the building gradually came together and how the public came and enjoyed their first experiences. From the Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival 2014, Culture Night, Open House and the soft opening on 8th December, dlr LexIcon has been a hive of cultural and literary experiences. It is a key community space where all are welcome and this film captures the vibrancy of this centre of learning and creativity. We look forward to documenting how this exciting story will unfold in the coming months and years.television.
Published on 31 Oct 2015
Video by Shane McCormack
Music by Meltybrains