17th December

Storm shelter for Sandycove swimmers

Three years to complete the acquisition and rebuild of the old fisherman's hut at Sandycove beach, Co Dublin, bathers now have a 'unisex' changing facility. 

Sandycove  bathers shelter

"I'm delighted to see this come to fruition," remarked An Cathaoirleach, Cllr Carrie Smyth. It has been especially welcomed by the dedicated bathers who have had to change in all weathers.

Among those gathered for the official opening were the President of the Sandycove Bathers Association, Fed Espey and the first two official lady members of the Bathers Association, Molloy Molloy and Margaret David.

And just weeks earlier Sandycove Bathers Associated voted to allow women members into its club at the Forty Foot bathing spot. The Association has operated under a licence dating back to 1937 that while not excluding any particlar people had the power to accept or reject applications. 

"Now that the council has put up a new changing facility in the area, it made a difference," remarked the Asociation President, Fred Espey. 

 

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