Malahide Castle officially opens to the public, with protestors at the castle gates.

Senator John Boland, chairman of Dublin County Council, officially opens Malahide Castle and Demesne to the public.  

Speaking to the crowds gathered for the occasion in the grounds of the castle, Senator Boland comments, 

...we believe that this is the largest area ever acquired by a local authority for public recreational purposes since the State was founded.

The castle with its world famous gardens,100 acres of woodland, and 150 acres of open space, has been purchased by Dublin County Council for everyone to use and enjoy.

In contrast to the festive atmosphere in the grounds, a protest is being held at the castle gate. Residents from the Meakstown and Dubber Cross areas are not happy with the amount spent by Dublin City Council acquiring the castle and demesne. They claim that money would have been better spent on badly needed lighting, footpath and sewage schemes.  

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 12 June 1972.