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Roger Casement & dlr Baths Update

Thursday, September 30, 2021
dlr County
Intro Text 
In September, the Roger Casement Statue was lifted into place at the Dún Laoghaire Baths project under construction. Born in Sandycove in 1864, Casement was one of the most interesting Irishmen of his generation.
An early international human rights campaigner, he was later executed for his part in the 1916 Rising. When leaving for London to stand trial, his last sight of Ireland was from the boat leaving Dún Laoghaire, near the place of his birth. Joining the British Colonial Service as a young man, he carried out human rights investigations in Africa, and later reported on the abuse of workers in South America. He was knighted for this work in 1911, but became increasingly interested in Irish nationalism, resigning from the Foreign Office in 1913 to devote his energy to Irish independence. He travelled first to America and then notably to Germany to garner their support for a Rising. After landing in Kerry on Good Friday 1916, he was arrested, found guilty of high treason, and executed in London on 3 August. dlr commissioned the bronze statue by sculptor Mark Richards in 2016 through an open competition. Plans are underway to celebrate Casement’s homecoming when the site opens in the new year.
The Dún Laoghaire Baths Project

Works at the Dún Laoghaire Baths site are now significantly advanced. Completion was expected in December 2021 but due to Covid and other site factors, the project is likely to be delivered in late Spring 2022. When complete the project will provide for the continuing public use of the area.
The current projected cost is €13.5m which includes the refurbishment of the existing Baths Pavilion, constructing a new jetty to give easy access to the water for swimming and the creation of a new route between Newtownsmith and the East Pier.  This walkway will be at a level that will create a safe and secure walk offering panaromic views over Scotmans Bay. The form of this walk will reflect the original rocky shoreline and the historic alignment of the old gun battery that was originally located on this site. The walkway will incorporate sitting and viewing points and the land adjoining this walk will be re-graded to create sloping grassed areas. The scheme also includes the refurbishment of the historic small gazebo situated along this route.

The former Pavilion building has been substantially refurbished to provide studio space for artists and to provide gallery and café facilities overlooking Scotsman’s Bay. The original Baths entrance along Windsor Terrace is being restored to provide access to the building while an outdoor ‘café terrace’ linked to the new café will provide an attractive sitting area for viewing, eating and relaxing. The Pavilion will also provide a new public toilets Changing Places facility and will be accessible for wheelchair users