Wednesday 17 January 2018

Restored shelter reopens after big community effort


A RESTORED Malahide beach shelter, which was damaged by vandals during the summer, has been reopened following a valiant community effort.

Major destruction was caused to the ladies' shelter at Low Rock Beach, on the Coast Road, after residents had painstakingly restored it to its former glory.

But with the support of a number of local organisations, the Low Rock Beach committee were delighted to finally unveil the refurbished 100-year-old shelter last Thursday week. Malahide Tidy Towns chair, Gerry Rafferty, was on hand to do cut the ribbon and was joined by Malahide Lions Club chair, Brian Dooley and committee member, Michael Ryan. The beach committee had received funding from Teagasc, Malahide Community Forum and the Lions Club, who contributed a total of € 800, both before and after the vandals' attack. Aidan Gray of An Taisce was also in attendance and beach committee secretary, Philip Lynch, thanked the organisation for their assistance both financially and with advice. 'Margaret Graham from Malahide Forum was there and that group gave us a grant,' Mr Lynch said. 'They are also supporting our efforts to have Low Rock declared a recognised swimming facility by Fingal County Council.

' The Civil Defence Malahide group gave a CPR demonstration, while Portmarnock SubAqua Group gave a talk on safety, the Coast Guard gave advice on water safety and Eric Crampton from Malahide Tidy Towns also supported the day.'

Other beach committees including Maura O'Brien from Portmarnock, Raymond Rabbitte from Portrane and Skerries' Emily Diebold attended on the day, while guests were treated to refreshments on the sand and enjoyed the sounds of the Pat Bernie singers group.

Mr Lynch thanked all those who helped restore the shelters and invited any interested parties to join the committee for their daily beach walk.

'Cllr Eoghan O'Brien spoke in our favour and promised to support our plans to have the beach recognised,' he continued. 'Our next event will be the Christmas Day and New Year's Day swim.

'Special thanks to our hard-working committee – Jacinta Cumiskey, Brendan Ford, Dorothy Rochford, Maureen Ford, Jim Rochford – to Eddie, our sign writer and painter, Mark Seales and Fingal County Council, in particular Pat Kenny, Declan Howard and Alan Devine, and anyone who has helped out.'

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