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Work Progressing On Malahide Fry Model Railway Project

Alan Farrell Casino MalahidePictured here is local TD Alan Farrell outside the Casino in Malahide, the location of the Fry Model Railway, which is due to be restored.

The Casino, intended to house the Fry Model Railway Project, is to be restored and completed in 2017, according to the County Council. Fine Gael councillor, Anthony Lavin had asked the Chief Executive to give an up to date progress report on the Casino and Fry Model railway project for Malahide, and the local authority were able to provide some details on the project
According to the local authority, a full design team will be appointed to progress the project including other statutory consent processes. A tender date for the construction works in the second quarter of 2016 is anticipated, with the Casino restored and exhibition open to the public in early 2017. This move was also welcomed by local TD, Alan Farrell (FG).
“I am pleased that the Casino Fry Model Collection Exhibition will be open to the public in Malahide in early 2017,” he said.
“The development of the Fry Model Collection Exhibition in the Casino, Malahide is an issue which both myself, and Cllr. Anthony Lavin, have been monitoring closely. After many years of false starts, and delays in the completion of the legal process relating to the acquisition of the lands to house the Fry Model Collection, it is great that this development is now progressing and that a clear timeframe has been put in place by the County Council,” Farrell added. In their update, the County Council confirmed that survey works on the existing Casino building are due to commence in the next two weeks. The sketch layouts for the restoration works are currently in progress; it is expected that the necessary site works will begin in July 2016 and will take roughly six months to complete. The restoration works on the Casino building will include a rethatching of the roof and may require a small extension to the existing structure in order to allow for the creation of a larger exhibition area for the Fry Model Collection, and the installation of public toilets for visitors.
“The Fry Model Railway Collection Exhibition will undoubtedly attract a greater number of visitors to Malahide and will subsequently provide a boost for the local economy. I, along with Cllr. Anthony Lavin, will continue to monitor the progress of this project closely,” Farrell concluded.