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Royal Irish Yacht Club Clubhouse Gets a New Exterior Paint Job

15th May 2019
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The RIYC has opted for a light blue on the inner walls of its Dun Laoghaire frontage and a dark blue for the sash windows, creating a greater sense of depth to the facade The RIYC has opted for a light blue on the inner walls of its Dun Laoghaire frontage and a dark blue for the sash windows, creating a greater sense of depth to the facade Photo: Afloat.ie

Changes on the Dun Laoghaire waterfront this season include a makeover to one of the most impressive facades in the centre of the harbour. 

Few institutions surviving from the 1800s are older than the Royal Irish Yacht Club but this season in a move away from its traditional cream-coloured facade the oldest club in the harbour is sporting a new paint job, just in time for next month's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta when the harbour will be en fete to welcome 3,000 sailors to the town.

As Afloat's WM Nixon previously reported here, the RIYC’s beautiful building is the world’s oldest purpose-built sailing clubhouse still precisely intact as originally designed completed in 1851 to the plans of John Skipton Mulvany and there’s no denying the sense of history kept alive with its elegant interior and impressive exterior.

This season the listed clubhouse, that retains to this day all its original architectural features, has opted for a discreet combination of light blue on the inner walls of the front facade with cream columns and a dark blue for the wooden sash windows, creating a greater sense of depth to the facade. Mr. Skipton would approve, surely?

Other decor projects on the waterfront are also underway. Starting into the scraping and painting routine (see below) is the Royal St. George Yacht Club. What colour are they going for?

Royal St geroge paint job 3211Work is underway on a new paint job at The Royal St George Yacht Club Photo: Afloat.ie

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