Bray Urban District Council has plans to develop the seaside town.
The old Turkish Baths on Quinsborough Road in Bray are to be demolished and replaced with squash courts, for which planning permission has already been granted. Designed by architects Benson & Barter they were constructed by railway engineer and entrepreneur William Dargan. The railway came to Bray in 1854 and William Dargan was one of the developers whose ambitious plan was to turn what was a quiet coastal village into an upmarket Victorian seaside resort.
Nearby is the site of the former International Hotel, which burned down in 1974. Local councillors have proposed that it should be turned into a car park to facilitate commuters using the Bray railway station.
Improvement works will also be carried out by the council at Bray’s north beach which at present is all but inaccessible to bathers.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 20 January 1978. The reporter is Dermot Mullane.