Model rail museum is on track for Malahide

by Gazette Reporter
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The Fry Model Railway Museum is still on track for Malahide, it has emerged this week, following a meeting between local representatives and the family of Cyril Fry.

The railway is currently under the ownership of Failte Ireland but a spokesperson for Failte Ireland confirmed that they are currently in the process of transferring that ownership to Fingal County Council.

Local Senator Darragh O’Brien (FF) and Cllr Eoghan O’Brien (FF), met last week with Patricia Dillon (Fry’s only daughter) and Ian Dillon (Fry’s grandson) as part of their long-running campaign to locate Fry’s collection of model railways and the museum in the Casino House in Malahide.

The Fry Collection and Model Railway was put in safe storage by Fingal County Council (FCC) in 2010 when it was removed from Malahide Castle during restorations.

Following the meeting, Senator O’Brien said the relocation of the Fry Collection is an important part of local heritage.

“It was a pleasure to meet Patricia and Ian Dillon last week, and we will continue to engage with them on this work. I want to commend the Railway Museum Committee in Malahide who have been working on behalf of the late Micheal Gaffney without whom much of this would not be possible. His generous bequeathing of significant investment is helping to drive this project along.”

Cllr O’Brien added: “It’s really important to have the support of Fry’s family. We have the finance and planning permission in place to construct a purpose-built facility at the rear of Casino House to act as a permanent home for the collection and museum.

“I think when people look at the investment that has been made in the area, through Malahide Castle, the cricket club and now casino house, that people will see a huge commitment to three key parts of the community infrastructure. This is about driving tourism and promotion of local facilities for the benefit of the whole community,” Senator O’Brien concluded.

Cllr O’Brien confirmed that work on the Casino will commence following the conclusion of legal issues and the Fry Collection will then be rehoused on the completion of these works.

“We’re looking at a timeline of maybe about 12 – 18 months,” he said.

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