23rd October

Council proposes an 'urban beach' for Dún Laoghaire

The public has until 5pm September 27 to comment on a proposed 'floating swimming pool and urban beach' for Dún Laoghaire Harbour. The project is part of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company's long-term masterplan.

The floating swimming pool will contain heated and treated seawater, designed on a converted river barge, to be located on Berth 1 adjacent to the East Pier. 

Artist impression of the urban beach facility in Dún Laoghaire Harbour

Artist impression of the floating swimming pool and urban beach

'The barge would also house an 'urban beach' and a second 'urban beach' would be located alongside the floating structure', a statement reads. 

"Our aim to complement the existing attractions on the East Pier, and to draw inspiration from the Harbour's rich history," explains Tim Ryan, operations manager with DLHC. 


Changing and toilet facilities, a café and administration area are also included. "There is potential to have additional seating to the rear," he adds. 

According to DLHC, the amenity, which will cost circa €2.5m, has the potential to attract 140,000 visitors and to generate up to €1m per annual for the local economy. An entrance fee 'equivalent to the price of a cinema ticket' will be charged. 

Derelict Victorian baths

According to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Councty Council, the urban beach did not replace redevelopment of the derelict Victorian baths nearby. In 2010 the council put forward a plan estimated to cost €20m. This was revised in 2012 "and a more modest refurbishment", to cost €2.5m, is proposed.

"The baths redevelopment is a separate project and is subject to a foreshore licence which was applied for a year ago and will proceed independently of the urban beach project," a spokesperson explained.

Submissions can be made by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Further details from www.dlrharbour.ie/urbanbeach

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