Further to my post about the closing of Fry's Model Railway in Malahide Castle, this report in today's Irish Times explains that the wonderful Tara's Palace dolls house, and the Museum of Childhood, housed in the same area of the Castle grounds as the railway, are all to be re-located but none have acquired a new venue yet. The article states that:
The museums are located in the courtyard of the castle which will be given a makeover as part of a €10.5 million renovation of the castle and gardens. The renovation will make way for a new more commercial courtyard with a garden museum and interpretation area, and a large shop and restaurant. Avoca Handweavers has been rumoured to be in the frame but Fingal County Council won’t confirm names until, it says, the tendering process for the commercial operators for the retail area is complete.
Because that's what a post-boom Ireland needs, more expensive kitchen and coffee shops instead of family-friendly culture! The Castle had a commercial venture running alongside these attractions up until a few years ago. Anytime I ever visited these shops, they were devoid of customers and over-priced. This is a sad day for Malahide. Hopefully some good will come of this though and perhaps Malahide Castle will employ real tour guides who can answer questions, instead of a button on the wall in each room that tells you about it.