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Fry Model Railway in safekeeping

IN STORAGE UNTIL BEING PLACED IN NEW HOME AT CASINO HOUSE

JOHN MANNING

Published 11/09/2012 | 17:10

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FINGAL COUNTY Council has said it has made satisfactory arrangements to store the Fry Model Railway until it can be placed at its planned new home in the revamped Casino House in Malahide.

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Responding to a query on the issue from Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG), the council said: ' The Fry Model Railway Collection has been secured and arrangements for its storage have been made to Fingal County Council's satisfaction.' The local authority also confirmed that it had begun talking to the legal representatives of the generous benefactor whose bequest is funding the project. News that the Fry Model Railway will once again roll along its tracks in Malahide and that its return will save one of the town's most iconic buildings was greeted with delight earlier this year by locals involved in a determined campaign to save the €2 million project and grant the dying wishes of a generous benefactor. It was Micheál Gaffney's dying wish that Casino House be restored to its former glory and become the new home of the Fry Model Railway which had been lost to the town until a dramatic u-turn in May. A €1.5 million bequest from Mr Gaffney to restore Casino House was dependent on the Fry Model Railway returning to Malahide and time was running out for a deal that would rescue the exhibition from a planned life in the basement of Busáras. But last May news broke that a deal had been struck and the future of both the model railway in Malahide and of Casino House was secured with that bequest going a very long way to funding the €2 million project.

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