T.J. Byrne: 1876-1939

As part of our Heritage Week events, on Monday 22nd August, architect and writer Michael Fewer will give a lecture entitled T.J. Byrne: Library Architect at 7:00 p.m.  in the County Library, Tallaght.

T.J. Byrne (1876-1939) played a significant part in the building of modern Ireland. As clerk and architect to the South Dublin District Rural Council, his innovative ideas led to considerable advances in the standard of local authority housing, and as Principle Architect at the Office of Public Works, he was responsible for the rebuilding of the major public buildings in Dublin city centre which had been destroyed between 1916 and 1922. His work still stands out today, 100 years later.

Two of his most notable buildings are the Carnegie Libraries at Clondalkin and Whitechurch, fine but modest public buildings in the Arts and Crafts tradition.  Both libraries celebrate their centeneries this year.

This talk accompanies an exhibition of the same title which will be on display at the County Library from next Monday 22nd August until Wednesday 14th September.

All are welcome to attend the talk next Monday.

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