Library garden in Dalkey dedicated to Maeve Binchy


A new garden developed and landscaped at the rear of Dalkey library in Co Dublin was dedicated last night to “the memory of one of Dalkey’s and indeed Ireland’s most highly esteemed and best-loved citizens, author Maeve Binchy”.

It coincided with the reopening of the library after refurbishment and was attended by Binchy’s husband, Gordon Snell, her sister Joan, brother William, extended family and friends.

In a statement, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said that in dedicating the library garden to the memory of Binchy, it wanted “to honour not only her outstanding literary legacy but her wonderful personality by providing a soothing oasis in the heart of the town she loved so much where local people can relax, read, chat to friends and join in future events and author readings”.

The library was reopened by leas-cathaoirleach Stephen Fitzpatrick. Councillor Victor Boyhan said it was fitting “that the council should dedicate a small garden in the centre of Dalkey” to her memory.