Awaiting the Mariner (nickname “sore on the shore”)
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If the pier is rebuilt, the council is likely to incorporate the strand’s Sebastian sculpture, Awaiting the Mariner, which was unveiled by Vicente Fox, the Mexican president.
DUBLIN city council is considering restoring Sandymount Strand to its Victorian glory by building a new pier or refurbishing its 19th-century baths.
The council is inviting architects to suggest ways of regenerating the baths, now lying in ruins on the beach.
The Merrion Promenade Pier and Baths Co built Sandymount swimming baths in 1883. The baths measured approximately 40 by 40 metres, with a 75-metre pier added in 1884. The pier featured a bandstand half way along it and summer concerts were regularly held there for many years. By 1920, the pier had deteriorated so much that it had to be demolished. The concrete baths section, which resembles a small harbour, remains.