Fingal County Council say the loss of the Portmarnock beach shelters is only temporary
Fingal County Council say the loss of the Portmarnock beach shelters is only temporary

A landmark structure in Portmarnock was torn down last week – but Fingal County Council assures that its loss is only temporary.

The Victorian-era beach shelters have been demolished, 100 years after they were first built, to allow for their refurbishment.

The shelters on the Velvet Strand have been used by generations as a changing area and a meeting point – and their destruction drew some criticism on social media.

Fingal County Council has contracted for the 100m structure to be replaced with a similar structure us-ing the original railings.

A council spokesperson told Dublin Gazette: “Works were due to start in early 2018, but due to delays from the contractor, the works had to be deferred until the summer.

“Due to health and safety reasons a decision was taken to proceed with the project when the contrac-tor was made available. The structure has deteriorated over the past few years to such an extent that a partial rebuild is now required.

“It was unfortunate the works coincided with good weather. Contractor mobilised on site a few weeks ago and partial demolition of the structure started this week, with an expected completion by mid-September.”