Harbour repairs

Severely damaged by the March 2018 “beast from the east” storm, Bullock Harbour repairs are being undertaken by Dublin Port Company and are the subject of the next talk in the Bullock 200 series. Special correspondent Brian Meyer reports…

The next talk in the Bullock 200 series is “Bullock Harbour into the Future – Monitoring and Repairs” presented by Eamon McElroy, Port Engineer, Dublin Port Company on Tuesday 12 February 2019 at 8pm at Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre. The lectures are free to attend and no booking is required. We suggest turning up in good time to secure a good seat

In January Dublin Port invited a small group from Bulloch Harbour Preservation Association to view the work in progress on Bullock Pier.  The Consultant Engineers and Contractors explained the various aspects of the project.  All the cut stone dislodged by the storm has been identified and marked as to its original location.  Trials are in progress on the most appropriate mortars to use for each part of the reconstruction, the outer pointing, the interior of the pier, above sea level and below.  Interesting discoveries have also been made on the techniques used in the original construction in 1818/19.

The south-western corner of the pier by the wooden ladder has continued to deteriorate as the gaps in the masonry are constantly growing.  The corner has been surveyed and the blocks marked so that they could be more easily re-positioned in the event of a collapse.  Divers have inspected the base of the pier to establish the cause of the recent movement, and identify appropriate interventions.


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