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Abbey Presbyterian Church, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

Parnell Square Cultural Quarter

In June Alan Ruth and Robert took part in the consultation cafes discussing the rejuvenating of Parnell Sqare as a Cultural Square centred around the opening of a Library to replace the exsisting Ilac library. This becoming an arts area also has implications for us as Abbey church and our place on the square. You can see some of the comments on a video with sound bites showing peoples opinions and also  including our own minister Alan Boal

Parnell Square Web Site

Dublin City Council has launched a new website at to promote the City Library and new cultural facilities at Parnell Square Cultural Quarter.


In early April 2013, Dublin City Council announced a vision of a new City Library, cultural facilities and works to the public realm at Parnell Square North.

Dublin City Council, in association with private funding partners, Kennedy Wilson, will deliver a new City Library beside the existing world-class Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane and will offer a range of creative, participative and educational spaces and experiences united by a trinity of themes, Learn, Create and Participate.


A civic plaza will connect the City Library and cultural facilities, creating a new public space that those who live in, work in and visit Dublin can use, engage with and enjoy in the heart of the city.


The new project website, launched on 21st January 2014, 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. will promote the City Library and cultural facilities at Parnell Square Cultural Quarter as a significant development for Dublin and for those who live in, work in, or visit the City.

For further information or queries please contact Clodagh Kingston, Dublin City Public Libraries via the website at