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Heritage Week in Dun Laoghaire

Paul Mulhern

This is Heritage Week!  Hofler Architects have put together some useful information about what's on in Dun Laoghaire during the last week of the school holidays.

"Geragh" Sandycove by Michael Scott.  Photographed from the adjoining Martello Tower by Mile Lynch.

"Geragh" Sandycove by Michael Scott.  Photographed from the adjoining Martello Tower by Mile Lynch.

Dun Laoghaire Heritage Week - Guide to Events (PDF)

Historic Homes, Gardens & Buildings

Throughout Ireland, 219 homes, gardens and historic buildings are in receipt of tax relief under Section 482 of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997, as amended.  This provides tax relief to the owner or occupier of an approved historic building or an approved garden in respect of expenditure incurred on the repair, maintenance or restoration thereof.

The scheme requires that these historic properties are reasonably accessible to the public for a period of at least 60 days in the year, 40 days of which must fall within the period of May to September and of these 40 days, 10 days must be Saturdays and Sundays.

As part of this requirement access to these properties must be available during all of National Heritage Week for periods of at least four hours daily.  Many of these properties are also hosting events for National Heritage Week in addition to being open to the public for visits.

Click here to download a list of these properties and their opening hours and contact details.

It is strongly recommended that you make contact with the property owners directly prior to traveling to visit them in order to verify that these exact opening hours may still apply.

Every year millions of Europeans visit historical monuments and sites throughout Europe on European Heritage Days. These are a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union in which over forty countries participate each year. The main aim of European Heritage Days are to promote awareness of our built, natural and cultural heritage and to promote Europe’s common cultural heritage. In Ireland we celebrate European Heritage Days with a full week of events throughout National Heritage Week. National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council and its aim is to build awareness and education about our heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation. Each year, during the last week of August, many national and hundreds of local community organisations participate by organising events throughout the country. Many of the events that take place during the week are free and the programme highlights the abundance of great work that is carried out in all communities in Ireland to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage. The Heritage Council assumed the role of coordinator of National Heritage Week from the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government in 2005.  Since then the week has grown into a highly successful programme of over 1700 events which take place during the last week of August each year. National Heritage Week 2015 will run from August 22nd to 30th.

For further information about the Heritage Council including our initiatives, grants programmes, history and structure, visit the Heritage Council website. - See more at:http://www.heritageweek.ie

 

South County Dublin Properties

Fahanmura

2 Knocksina, Foxrock, Dublin 18 Philip Harvey
Tel: 01-2894414, 087-2463865 www.fahanmura.ie   
Open: Jan 5-9, 12-16, June 15-28, July 20-31, Aug 17-31, Nov 1-9, 9am-1pm Fee: Adult €5, Student €2, OAP/Child free

“Geragh”

Sandycove Point, Sandycove, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, Co. Dublin
Gráinne Casey.  Tel: 01-2804884
Open: Mar 2-5, 9-14, June 8-14, Aug 10-31, Sept 3-13, Dec 1-4, 7-12, 2pm-6pm.   
Fee: Adult €7, OAP/Student €3, Child free

Meander

Westminister Road, Foxrock Dublin 18,
Ruth O’ Herlihy,  Tel: 087-2163623,

Open: Jan 5-23, 26-30, May 5-7, 9-13, 18-20, 23-27, June 2-4, 6-9, 15-17, 20-24, Aug 22-30, 9am-1pm
Fee: Adults €5, OAP/ Student/Child €2

St. George’s

St. George’s Avenue, Killiney, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, Co. Dublin Robert McQuillan
Tel: 087-2567718.  Open: June 1- Aug 31, 9am-1pm.  Fee: Adult €5, OAP/Student/Child €3.50

Dun Laoghaire - Summer of Heritage.

Dun Laoghaire Heritage Week - Guide to Events (PDF)

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Redevelopment of Dún Laogharie Baths

Paul Mulhern

The DLR Dún Laoghaire Area Committee last night approved a public consultation on new plans for the redevelopment of Dún Laogharie Baths, which have been an eye sore and a terrible waste of waterfront space, since they became derelict in the mid-1990s.

The proposed scheme will—

refurbish and secure the existing Baths Pavilion and open it to the public,  remove dilapidated structures on the sea-side of the pavilion,  create a new pedestrian route on the sea side, connecting at Newtownsmith to both the East Pier and the People’s Park,  provide facilities for sea swimming and access to the water’s edge for other marine activities,  open a new café with an open-air terrace,  include publicly-accessible and wheelchair-accessible toilets,  allow the public to access a wonderful new amenity.

The issue of Dún Laoghaire Baths has been stagnant for many years because of difficulties with a foreshore licence that would allow the Council to carry out the necessary works. The convoluted application process started in 2012, when the Council sought permission for the works, from the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government. ‘Approval in Principle’ has now been issued by the Minister of State with responsibility for foreshore licences.

The original Baths east of the East Pier, were constructed in 1843 by John Crosthwaite and named the Royal Victoria Baths. In 1896 Kingstown Urban District Council purchased the baths site and the firm of Alexander Fraser was engaged to build the new baths on today’s site. The works were completed in June 1908 and can mostly still be seen today. The baths were improved and extended in the 1930s and were in use in various forms, including Rainbow Rapids, until they were closed in the early 1990s.

Read more about the history of Dún Laoghaire Baths on archiseek.com, abandonedireland.com, askaboutireland.ie,

One of the great features of the site of Dún Laoghaire Baths is that it is on an elevated spot, with great views towards Dún Laoghaire Harbour, Scotsman’s Bay and Dublin Bay, Newtownsmith, Sandycove Harbour, the Forty Foot, and the James Joyce Martello Tower, and it’s great potential to connect the walkway at Newtownsmith to both the East Pier and the People’s Park.

However, the location also means that it is on a slope with a north-easterly aspect that receives limited sunshine and can feel exposed when windy or when seas are rough.

Under the scheme, the existing Baths Pavilion will be retained and refurbished for use as artist workspaces, a gallery café and for the provision of public toilet facilities. Existing dilapidated structures to the rear of the Pavilion will be removed to permit the creation of a new route and landscaping that will connect the walkway at Newtownsmith to both the East Pier and the People’s Park, and it is proposed that the existing saltwater pools will be filled in, creating new enhanced facilities for sea swimming and greater access to the water’s edge by means of a short jetty.

The existing Baths Pavilion together with a smaller outbuilding will be retained, weathered and secured while the remaining dilapidated outbuildings to the rear and side of the Pavilion will be removed.

It is proposed to fit out the Pavilion to accommodate studio space for artists and to provide gallery and café facilities, with the original entrance on Windsor Terrace being restored and an outdoor ‘café terrace’ being created and linked to the new café. It is also proposed to create new public toilets facilities at street level, which will also be accessible for wheelchair users. Footpaths along Windsor Terrace will be upgraded and new street trees planted as part of the process.

With the removal of derelict buildings on the sea-side of the pavilion, there will be a new pedestrian route to connect the walkway at Newtownsmith with the East Pier, at a level that will create a safe and secure walk with panoramic views over Scotsman’s Bay and places to sit.

The land adjoining this walk will be re-graded to create grassed areas which will thematically link the Park at Newtownsmith to the Maritime Gardens that currently lead to the East Pier, and the small, historic gazebo situated along this route with be refurbished.

A new jetty and a changing area will be created to provide enhanced access to the water for sea swimmers and to provide a landing point for kayaks and canoes and other small marine craft. This jetty will be linked by new steps to the ‘café terrace’ at the Baths Pavilion and to the pedestrian crossing point leading to the People’s Park. It is also hoped that jet water fountains could be installed in the area next to the pedestrian routes, between the Baths Pavilion and the sea.

Images from DLRD Architect’s Report here.

Hofler Architects, Monkstown, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

National Heritage Week

Paul Mulhern

Historic Homes, Gardens & Buildings

Throughout Ireland, 219 homes, gardens and historic buildings are in receipt of tax relief under Section 482 of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997, as amended.  This provides tax relief to the owner or occupier of an approved historic building or an approved garden in respect of expenditure incurred on the repair, maintenance or restoration thereof.

The scheme requires that these historic properties are reasonably accessible to the public for a period of at least 60 days in the year, 40 days of which must fall within the period of May to September and of these 40 days, 10 days must be Saturdays and Sundays.

As part of this requirement access to these properties must be available during all of National Heritage Week for periods of at least four hours daily.  Many of these properties are also hosting events for National Heritage Week in addition to being open to the public for visits.

Click here to download a list of these properties and their opening hours and contact details.

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It is strongly recommended that you make contact with the property owners directly prior to traveling to visit them in order to verify that these exact opening hours may still apply.

Every year millions of Europeans visit historical monuments and sites throughout Europe on European Heritage Days. These are a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union in which over forty countries participate each year. The main aim of European Heritage Days are to promote awareness of our built, natural and cultural heritage and to promote Europe’s common cultural heritage. In Ireland we celebrate European Heritage Days with a full week of events throughout National Heritage Week. National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council and its aim is to build awareness and education about our heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation. Each year, during the last week of August, many national and hundreds of local community organisations participate by organising events throughout the country. Many of the events that take place during the week are free and the programme highlights the abundance of great work that is carried out in all communities in Ireland to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage. The Heritage Council assumed the role of coordinator of National Heritage Week from the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government in 2005.  Since then the week has grown into a highly successful programme of over 1700 events which take place during the last week of August each year. National Heritage Week 2015 will run from August 22nd to 30th.

For further information about the Heritage Council including our initiatives, grants programmes, history and structure, visit the Heritage Council website. - See more at: http://www.heritageweek.ie

South County Dublin Properties

Fahanmura

2 Knocksina, Foxrock, Dublin 18 Philip Harvey
Tel: 01-2894414, 087-2463865 www.fahanmura.ie   
Open: Jan 5-9, 12-16, June 15-28, July 20-31, Aug 17-31, Nov 1-9, 9am-1pm Fee: Adult €5, Student €2, OAP/Child free

“Geragh”

Sandycove Point, Sandycove, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, Co. Dublin
Gráinne Casey.  Tel: 01-2804884
Open: Mar 2-5, 9-14, June 8-14, Aug 10-31, Sept 3-13, Dec 1-4, 7-12, 2pm-6pm.   
Fee: Adult €7, OAP/Student €3, Child free

Meander

Westminister Road, Foxrock Dublin 18,
Ruth O’ Herlihy,  Tel: 087-2163623,

Open: Jan 5-23, 26-30, May 5-7, 9-13, 18-20, 23-27, June 2-4, 6-9, 15-17, 20-24, Aug 22-30, 9am-1pm
Fee: Adults €5, OAP/ Student/Child €2

St. George’s

St. George’s Avenue, Killiney, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, Co. Dublin Robert McQuillan
Tel: 087-2567718.  Open: June 1- Aug 31, 9am-1pm.  Fee: Adult €5, OAP/Student/Child €3.50 

Contact Hofler Architects:  http://www.hoflerarchitects.com/contact-us/