Planners get skates on for seaside ice rink
BUDDING Torvill and Deans will be showing off their cutting-edge skating skills by the sea if plans for an ice rink get off the ground.
The facility overlooking Dublin Bay at Dun Laoghaire harbour is to be open from December to January, with a roller-blade rink also available during the rest of the year.
A five-year contract has been put out to tender to design, build, maintain and operate the rink, with work due to begin by April.
The venture at the historic Carlisle Pier forms part of major redevelopment works at the popular seaside site by Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company.
Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company plans for the rink to be open seven days a week, 4pm to 10pm, between December 1 and January 31 each year.
From February to November it plans for an ice and roller-blade rink to operate at weekends and on bank holidays.
The contract is expected to be worth €250,000 a year.
It is estimated that more than one million people walk along the revamped East Pier a year, making it Ireland's most popular walkway, while 650,000 passengers arrived into the harbour port from the UK last year.
Controversial demolition works of buildings on the historic 150-year-old Carlisle Pier took place last summer under redevelopment plans.