Archive for the ‘Clontarf Promenade’ Category

Flood defences, but at what cost?

October 4, 2011

A joint communication from Clontarf Residents’ Association (CRA) & Clontarf Business Association (CBA)

The following text has been copied from the Clontarf Residents’ Association website, and is described as one of the most important notices they have had to issue to locals.  Regarding the new flood defences, residents and business are concerned over the hight of the new structure:


“The proposed Combined Flood Defence and New Water Main Project by Dublin City Council is due, we understand, to start on the seafront early in 2012. The planning process was completed in 2008.  It has been designed to prevent potential further damage to homes and businesses along the seafront from flooding and to carry a new water main.  It is to take the form of a continuous landscaped mound (or a solid wall where a mound is not practical) ranging in height from 1.5 m (5ft.) to over 2.57 m (over 8ft.) from Alfie Byrne Road to the Wooden Bridge. The existing wall will act as a primary defence with the new proposed mound/wallacting as a secondary defence.  It has been designed to provide an adequate flood defence for a once in 100 year flood event and to also carry a new water main”.  Read more here ‘Flood defences, but at what cost?.

Christmas snow

December 17, 2010

St Annes' Park, Christmas Day 2010.

See the Clontarf Residents Website for wonderful views of Clontarf, including the promenade and sea front, during the big freeze in November and December.  All photographs are taken by local residents.

My photograph inserted here is of St. Annes Park in Raheny, and the park has significance for the wild bird population dependent on Dublin Bay. Cormorants nest in the tall trees overlooking the sea, and large flocks of Canada geese graze on the wide grass fields across the park.

Art Deco Bathing Shelters along the Bull Wall and Clontarf Promenade

July 31, 2009

My thanks to Dublin City Council’s Heritage Officer, Charles Duggan, for this history of the Art Deco Bathing Shelters found along the sea-front promenade at Clontarf and on the Bull Wall.

“There are 17 structures along the Bull Wall and Promenade in Clontarf, forming bathing shelters, kiosks, wind shelters and miniature lighthouses which date from the 1930s. 

The bathing shelters and Kiosk on the Bull Wall were designed by Herbert Simms, (Housing architect to Dublin Corporation from 1932 until 1948), in 1934 and are highly significant structures within the context of the architectural heritage of the 20th century. 

Less architecturally worked but no less important are the Wind Shelters, Tea Rooms and public baths along the Promenade.  The Wind Shelters may also be attributed to Herbert Simms. 

The lighthouse “bollards” which flank openings in the plinth wall leading to paths laid out perpendicular to the wind shelters on the Promenade are also an interesting and quirky feature, and clearly part of a formal landscaping around the shelters.  Unfortunately some of the lighthouse “bollards” have already been lost.

The design and construction of these coastal public structures arose from a concern for the welfare of the working class and facilitated a rise in communal outdoor living and recreation before the advent of affordable holidays in hotter climates.

The architectural language of the structures is typical of International Modernism, the chief exponent of which in Ireland was Michael Scott and Desmond Fitzgerald.”

Dublin Bay Campaign Blog Launched

July 2, 2009

This is my Dublin Bay campaign blog,  with update’s on the ongoing campaign to protect Dublin Bay’s unique environment and stop Dublin Port’s plans to infill. I also have an interest in and want to raise awareness about the Art Deco Bathing Shelters found along the Bull Wall and sea-front promenade

Over the past twelve months I was Chair of the Dublin Bay Task Force and have called on the Minister for the Environment John Gormley to make the bay a marine nature park.