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Saturday 14 December 2019

'Crack cocaine hell hole' near houses of Bono and Enya

Alan O’Keeffe

A drugs ‘hell hole’ is blighting one of Ireland’s most beautiful seaside resorts near the homes of stars such as Bono and Enya.

A former tea rooms at Killiney beach have become a haven for crack cocaine users and drunken revellers just a few hundred metres from the homes of U2’s Bono, Enya and Van Morrisson.

The tea rooms were a popular visitor attraction overlooking Killiney Bay but were closed down decades ago and have since become derelict.

Independent councillor Victor Boyhan has called on Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to take urgent action to make the area safe.

“It’s a hell hole of a place. It was a beautiful place when I was a child but I’ve been told it’s a no-go area at weekends with people getting drunk and using drugs,” the Blackrock councillor said.

The entire building is strewn with drink cans, broken bottles and drugs paraphernalia.

Crack Den at site of former cafe on Killiney Strand.
Photo: Tony Gavin 7/5/2014
Crack Den at site of former cafe on Killiney Strand. Photo: Tony Gavin 7/5/2014
Bono and wife Ali
Bono backstage at the Golden Globes earlier this week.
Eve Hewson with her dad, Bono
Singer Enya is sitting pretty

Dozens of empty drink cans were punctured and showed signs of being heated up with cigarette lighters by crack cocaine users.

“I saw for myself loads of cider bottles and used condoms too. It’s a real hell of a place being used for orgies. It’s all very undesirable,” Cllr Boyhan said.

“The council have to act immediately on health and safety grounds. Children cannot be allowed to enter this derelict building. People as young as 16, 17 and 18 are using this building. It’s very sad as this was once a landmark building could for tea and scones and picnickers could get boiling water.”

The buildings were sold at auction in 2001.

A number of planning applications have been lodged, dating back to 2003.

“Artist studios were once planned for the site but now it’s a den of iniquity,” Cllr Boyhan said. 

Irish Independent

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