From the Bulloch Harbour Preservation Association Committee
Table Quiz & Auction
A special thanks to all who supported our Table Quiz and Auction in Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel three weeks ago by donating auction lots and prizes and by attending on the night. Over €6500 was raised for our Judicial Review Campaign. It was a most entertaining evening and we are grateful to Jim Coffey, our Quizmaster, and Sean Buckley, our auctioneer, for their contribution to the success of the event.
Bulloch Bicentenary Exhibition
The lecture series organised by the Dublin Port Company in association with BHPA has now concluded but the exhibition on Level 5 of the Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire runs until 7th January. A number of charts and drawings from the Port Archives are on display along with memorabilia and photos of activities at the Harbour, and it is worth a visit over the Christmas/New Year period if you have not seen it.
Bulloch Pier repairs
We are pleased to tell you that the repair works are now complete and the pier has re-opened for public access. A number of small items still remain to be tackled in the New Year. We are most grateful to the Dublin Port Company and the Port Engineer, Eamon McElroy, for taking on the major restoration of the inner corner of the pier. This was done under the supervision of a conservation engineer in order to rebuild the structure in its original form, with the insertion of new concrete foundations below the harbour bottom. The lack of adequate foundations had led to the undermining and erosion of the silt under the pier wall by strong tidal eddies and this caused the stone courses to dip and move rapidly since the summer of 2018.
John King R.I.P.
It is worth noting that the funeral has taken place in Dalkey of the late John King, a lifelong friend and user of Bulloch Harbour. John wrote a report on the instability of the stonework on the inner corner of the pier in 2009 but this failed to precipitate corrective measures at the time. It somehow seems fitting that the pier repairs have concluded on the day of his funeral. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family. May he Rest in Peace.
Judicial Review Campaign
Our Judicial Review Hearing was due ‘For Mention’ in the High Court on the 3rd December but An Bord Pleanála requested an adjournment and this will now take place on 14th January 2020. It should be just a procedural exchange between the Counsel for both parties, and we anticipate that we will then be given a date for our Full Judicial Review Hearing later in 2020.
May we conclude by thanking all of you for your support for our Campaign and wishing you a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.