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“Andrew Carnegie to Receive Freedom of Limerick and Cork Following Generous Library Donations”

Andrew Carnegie, the renowned philanthropist, is set to become even more well-known as “the Universal Freeman” or “the Ubiquitous Burgess.” Cities and boroughs with Carnegie free libraries have been keen to bestow upon him the title of “Freeman.” Until now, England, and Scotland have primarily been honouring the millionaire, but Ireland is joining in by offering Mr Carnegie the freedom of both Cork and Limerick. In response, he has generously gifted both cities with funds for free library purposes.

In a letter to Limerick, Mr Carnegie mentioned his previous visit to Cork and expressed his gratitude for the honourthey wish to bestow upon him. He ensures that he will visit the city in person to receive this recognition. In addition, Belfast has gratefully accepted his donation of three branch libraries, further solidifying his reputation as a generous supporter of education and development. It is highly likely that the freedom of Belfast will soon be added to Mr Carnegie’s list of accomplishments.

Gloucester Citizen – Monday 13 October 1902