The end for Blackrock baths

Updated: September 3, 2012

Dublin’s famous Blackrock baths are set to be demolished after Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council deemed the baths to be ‘dangerous structures’.

The baths were the premier venue in Ireland for watersports such as swimming and diving but closed in the 1980s following the introduction of indoor heated pools.

Former Irish Olympian Eddie Heron was just one of the famous Irish swimmers and divers who used the pool during its heyday.

Many people had hoped they would one-day reopen but today’s news looks set to be the end for the famous venue which once boasted of a 50m pool, high diving platform and a capacity of 1,000 for spectators.

In a statement the council said the baths had suffered extensive damage from the weather and the sea, also saying that the structure was now a danger to the public.

The statement continued: “The pool structure is beyond repair and the seating and changing block . . . is in danger of collapse. The guard rails to the upper seating area have rusted away and the steps are exposed.”

Following an inspection by an independent consultant, the council’s county architect, Andree Dargan, has said the structures on the site have become ‘dangerous structures’ within the meaning of the Local Government (Sanitary Services) Act, 1964.

Mr Dargan continued that measures would have to be taken to ‘remove the danger’, with the architect saying: “The council is now proceeding to make arrangements to carry out the necessary demolition work, including the removal of the diving platform.

“The elements of the structures and pool/sea wall that are not considered to be dangerous will be retained.”
The council has said that pending demolition work, the site will be subject to onsite security but County manager Owen Keegan said proposals were being made to improve the seafront including at the location of the baths.

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