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Dun Laoghaire 'Urban Beach' Greenlit By Planners

1st December 2014
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Dun Laoghaire 'Urban Beach' Greenlit By Planners

#DunLaoghaire - Plans for an 'urban beach' at Dun Laoghaire's waterfront first mooted more than a year ago have been given the green light by planning authorities, according to the Irish Independent.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the €2.5 million scheme is inspired by the Badeschiff in Berlin and will comprise and artificial beach with a floating heated swimming pool on a barge, with a café, changing areas and other facilities in temporary modular pods.

According to The Irish Times, it's expected that access to the East Pier beach – which will operate for six months each year – will cost the same as the average cinema ticket, generating as much as €1 million each year.

Locals who voiced opposition to the scheme in last year's public consultation hope that this money will go towards restoration of the derelict Victorian baths nearby.

To see photographs showing the proposed site in Dun Laoghaire, and photomontages of the initial conceptual design click HERE.

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MacDara Conroy

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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. 

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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

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