Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has welcomed a breakthrough for the Fry Collection and Model Railway, which is set to return to Malahide in County Dublin.
The model railway, which contains a model of every type of train that ran on the railways of Ireland, will be the centrepiece of a new €2 million tourism development at the site of the old Casino House in Malahide.
Fáilte Ireland and Fingal County Council are in the final stages of negotiations over the return of the model railway to Malahide, where it will be open to the public in a purpose-built building next to the old Casino House.
Minister Varadkar said: “I’m delighted that this matter has finally been resolved. The Fry Collection and Model Railway will be a valuable addition to the growing range of tourist attractions which Malahide has to offer.”
The project has four major components:
· The construction of a new museum building to house the Fry Model Railway and other children’s and educational displays, a shop and visitor toilets;
· The restoration, preservation and conservation of the historic Casino House thatched building;
· The professional conservation of the Fry models, the upgrading of the presentation, and particularly the interpretation of the Fry Collection and the layout;
· The treatment of the site as a heritage, educational and recreational amenity for the community of Malahide.
Minister Varadkar said it is important to acknowledge the late Michael Gaffney, whose generosity facilitated this development, and whose representatives are working closely with Fingal County Council to finalise arrangements. He thanked Cllr Anthony Lavin, Deputy Alan Farrell and Minister James Reilly for their efforts. The Minister also acknowledged Cyril Fry’s life-long work developing the collection, and thanked his family for their commitment that the collection be properly looked after and displayed.
“I know the local community has been fully behind the efforts to preserve the Casino House and to bring the Fry collection back to Malahide and I am delighted that this will now be possible.” Minister Varadkar said.