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Kayakers and Paddleboarders are Early Arrivals at Dun Laoghaire Baths New Jetty

15th May 2022
First look - Sir Roger Casement looks on from his plinth as kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders check out the jetty at the yet to be opened refurbished Dun Laoghaire baths site
Sir Roger Casement looks on from his plinth as kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders check out the jetty at the yet to be opened refurbished Dun Laoghaire baths site Credit: Afloat

Taking advantage of the weekend's fine weather and sea conditions, Dublin Bay kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders were early arrivals at the still under refurbishment Dun Laoghaire Baths.

Perhaps an indication of the increasing demand for this type of marine leisure facility, it is not for the first time that boaters and watersports enthusiasts have made landfall at the – still to be officially opened – new jetty and pier.

Work began at the site in June 2018 after lying derelict for over 30 years. While the €13.5m project was originally scheduled to reopen in 2020 delays due to COVID and site issues are the reason Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council now give 'Summer 2022' as the completion date for the impressive makeover.

Work has included new sea walls, works to the Pavilion building and an extension of the walkway at nearby Newtownsmith.

Currently works on the new jetty are nearing completion.

The project has created a new viewing point with stunning vistas across Scotsman’s Bay to Sandycove Harbour. The new long bench on the jetty has been also been completed which is inspired by the sitting bench where swimmers relax overlooking Sandycove Harbour. The new Casement Memorial Sculpture by Mark Richards is complete and is dramatically sited on a plinth at the end of the jetty. Team

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Dun Laoghaire Baths Renovation

Afloat has been reporting on the new plans for the publically owned Dun Laoghaire Baths site located at the back of the East Pier since 2011 when plans for its development first went on display by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. 

Foreshore consent was applied for in 2013.

Last used 30 years ago as the 'Rainbow Rapids' before falling into dereliction – the new site does not include a public pool.

The refurbished Dun Laoghaire Baths include the existing Baths Pavilion for use as artist workspaces, a gallery café and for the provision of public toilet facilities. 

Work finally got underway at Dún Laoghaire on the €9 million redevelopments of the old Dún Laoghaire Baths site in June 2018 under a contract with SIAC-Mantovani.

The works have removed dilapidated structures to the rear of the Pavilion to permit the creation of a new route and landscaping that will connect the walkway at Newtownsmith to both the East Pier and the Peoples Park. 

Original saltwater pools have been filled in and new enhanced facilities for swimming and greater access to the water’s edge by means of a short jetty have also been provided.

The works included the delivery of rock armour to protect the new buildings from storm damage especially during easterly gales. 

It hasn't all been plain sailing during the construction phase with plastic fibres used in construction washing into the sea in November 2018

Work continues on the project in Spring 2020 with the new pier structure clearly visible from the shoreline.

A plinth at the end of the pier will be used to mount a statue of Roger Casement, a former Sandycove resident and Irish nationalist.