Tributes paid to Sandycove’s Bob Waddell

by Rebecca Ryan

Tributes are being paid to a much-loved community man from Sandycove who passed away on Sunday.

Long-time resident of Sandycove, Bob Waddell, was a member of the Sandycove and Glasthule Residents Association (SGRA) committee for over 15 years, where he served as chairperson for three years from 2005.

During his time as chairperson of the group, he led a campaign against the building of a high-rise apartment block on the site of the old Dun Laoghaire Baths which he believed posed a danger to the character of the coastline.

Bob spearheaded SGRA’s community opposition against the build. The campaign was successful, and the plan was abandoned.

Councillor Michael Merrigan (IND) said Bob was never afraid to take on councillors or council officials of local issues that affected the residents.

“Bob was a regular attendee in the public gallery of the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council chamber, keeping a watchful eye on proceedings and actively engaging with councillors both before and after the council meeting.

“He will be greatly missed by the community. May he rest in peace.”

Bob Waddell’s funeral mass is taking place today (Thursday) at St. Joseph’s Church, Glasthule at 10am followed by burial in Deans Grange Cemetery.

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