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Dun Laoghaire Submits Planning Application For 'Urban Beach'

31st December 2013
Dun Laoghaire Submits Planning Application For 'Urban Beach'

#DunLaoghaire - The Irish Times reports that a planning application has been lodged for the proposed 'urban beach' on Dun Laoghaire's waterfront.

The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company submitted its application to An Bord Pleanála just before Christmas for the €2.5 million project, a joint venture with Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) inspired by the Badeschiff in Berlin.

Set to be constructed on berth 1 at the East Pier of Dun Laoghaire Harbour, the artificial beach will come with a floating, heated swimming pool built on a converted river barge, plus a cafe, changing area and other facilities.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the proposals were available for public consultation in September (click HERE to see an artist's impression of the completed project) and the final application will itself be open for submissions till 3 February 2014.

And it may only be the first of such 'urban beach' facilities for the South Dublin town, according to a local council member.

Independent councillor Victor Boyhan says DLRCC is still committed to its own plans to redevelop the derelict Victorian baths south-east of the East Pier that last operated as the Rainbow Rapids in the 1990s.

The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.

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Dublin Bay on the east coast of Ireland stretches over seven kilometres, from Howth Head on its northern tip to Dalkey Island in the south. It's a place most Dubliners simply take for granted, and one of the capital's least visited places. But there's more going on out there than you'd imagine.

The biggest boating centre is at Dun Laoghaire on the Bay's south shore that is home to over 1,500 pleasure craft, four waterfront yacht clubs and Ireland's largest marina.

The bay is rather shallow with many sandbanks and rocky outcrops, and was notorious in the past for shipwrecks, especially when the wind was from the east. Until modern times, many ships and their passengers were lost along the treacherous coastline from Howth to Dun Laoghaire, less than a kilometre from shore. 

The Bay is a C-shaped inlet of the Irish Sea and is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and 7 km in length to its apex at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south. North Bull Island is situated in the northwest part of the bay, where one of two major inshore sandbanks lie, and features a 5 km long sandy beach, Dollymount Strand, fronting an internationally recognised wildfowl reserve. Many of the rivers of Dublin reach the Irish Sea at Dublin Bay: the River Liffey, with the River Dodder flow received less than 1 km inland, River Tolka, and various smaller rivers and streams.

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