Cashel’s historic Bolton Libary collection of manuscripts, could be housed in the Civic Offices on Friar Street, Cllr Tom Wood suggested at this month’s Co. Council meeting.
Cllr Wood said this would not only give the offices a new lease of life, but ensure that the historic collection of over 6.500 volumes remain in Cashel for future generations, and not be transferred to the University of Limerick (UL).
Cllr Wood said Archbishop Theophilis Bolton, who was responsible for building the Cashel Palace, onced housed the prized collection in the Palace’s Long Room, before they were transferred to the Library beside the Church of Ireland Cathedral Church in 1835. The onerous burden of maintaining the vast collection fell to Cashel’s small Church of Ireland community. “It should never have been left up to them alone,” Cllr Wood told Cllrs.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.