After 17 years of campaigning, the Dún Laoghaire Baths in Dublin have finally been reopened. The historic facility, which dates back to 1843, has seen a complete revamp at an estimated cost of €18m – a significant increase from the original budget of €13.5m planned by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
The official opening ceremony was held yesterday to mark the reopening and celebrate this massive project that will benefit the community for years to come. Among those present were local politicians, members of An Taisce (a non-government conservation organisation) and various other stakeholders who had campaigned tirelessly over these last 17 years for the rejuvenation of this beloved landmark attraction.
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The features in place at the baths are evidence enough that their efforts paid off; visitors can enjoy a 35-metre jetty with built-in seating as well as new changing facilities, toilets and even a Roger Casement statue commemorating one of Ireland’s most famous political activists from WWI. Additionally, there is now an Edwardian gazebo in beach garden and walkway from Newtownsmith providing easy access directly onto Dún Laoghaire pier promenade – making it more accessible than ever before for locals and tourists alike!
Speaking at today’s event Councillor John Kennedy said: “This is really something special for our area – we should all be so proud about what we have achieved here together! It's taken many years but I'm delighted that what started as just another campaign has become such an amazing reality.”
Despite all the positive press reports surrounding this momentous occasion however HeyDublin took to social media to check on how locals reacted to news about their beloved public amenity being restored– unfortunately not everyone seemed happy with how DLRCC handled it or with some aspects of its execution– although they may feel differently once they set foot on its grounds!
In any case it appears that after 17 long hard fought battles campaigners have finally achieved what was once thought impossible -bringing back life into one if Dublin's oldest landmarks restoring it back its former glory days !
The Dun Laoghaire baths officially being opened this morning after a 17 year campaign, but without the pool. The council says a seawater pool can be part of future development #baths @rtenews pic.twitter.com/BokRq2dpBF— Dyane Connor (@Dyaneconnor) December 13, 2022