PHOENIX-- After more than five years and two years of construction, the McClelland Irish Library in downtown Phoenix opened its doors. The $5 million library on 1106 N. Central aims to educate and inspire people to connect with their Irish roots.
The castle-like building houses 6,000 books from Irish authors, poets, manuscripts, pictures, movies, and a full-time genealogist. The McClelland Irish Library wants to become a leading Irish genealogical research center.
The McClelland Irish Library was designed by architect Paul Ahern. Ahern modeled the castle-like structure after many traditional buildings in Ireland. The arcs of the charming building were hand created by Ireland's master stonemason Frank McCormack, using 22 tons of Irish limestone.