An article by Pat O’Rourke in today’s Dublin People talks about the fact that one of the Europe’s largest miniature railways is returning to the Northside.
In 2011, the Fry Model Railway was moved from a site in the grounds of Malahide Castle because of a major redevelopment programme being undertaken. It was dismantled and placed in storage until a permanent site could be found.
The late Micheál Gaffney, a local man, bequeathed €1.5million to a project that would include housing the popular attraction permanently. As a result, it will soon be located in Casino House, a landmark in Malahide for over 200 years.
The Tidy Towns Malahide group said it was delighted to receive confirmation that the Fry Model Railway will be located in Casino House.
The group’s chairman, Gerry Rafferty, told Northside People: “This project has taken many years to get the green light and would not have been possible without the kindness and generosity of the late Micheál Gaffney.
“When news reached him (Mr Gaffney) that the model was to leave Malahide, he felt motivated to do something about it. He included in his Will €1.5 million to purchase and renovate the Casino to provide a home for the Fry Model Railway so that it would remain for all to view.”
Tidy Towns Malahide said it wanted to recognise all the work done by local politicians and others in the community on the issue.
Tags: Malahide, Model Railway