Malahide Casino works on track to finish in April
Works on restoring the Casino building in Malahide and installing the Fry Model Railway at its new home is expected to be completed in April.
According to Fingal County Council, the contracted works are progressing on site and on schedule for completion in early April 2019.
The building will be sealed from January and works will continue on interior and site works around the building.
A temporary over-roof on the scaffolding has allowed work on the rethatching with straw to continue and this work is due for completion mid-February.
A six week delay in getting the specialist thatcher on site has delayed the construction programme and the contractor is using best endeavours to make up time, according to the council.
The Fry collection of model trains is undergoing conservation work by specialists and the exhibition content and design of the exhibition layout is progressing including the display.
The installation of the exhibition fitout is likely to be installed in stages starting in early April.
A public tender invitation for the operation of the museum was issued in December on etenders. It is hoped to have an operator selected in late February.
It is perhaps the most eagerly awaited development in Malahide and will realise the twin ambitions of restoring one of the village's most iconic properties to its former glory after it fell into neglect and bringing back home, ,the beloved Fry Model Railway which was a feature of Malahide life for many years when it was resident in Malahide Castle. The upgrade of the castle some years ago meant that there was no place for the exhibition there any longer and apart from a brief period when it was on display at Busaras, the exhibition has effectively been in cold storage ever since. Although the works will be finished in April, it may be some time after that before the public will be able to enter the building and enjoy the exhibition.