A wall and Dublin Bay

 

Sir, – Along with other readers (October 9th), I have also observed a 5ft wall being built along the sea front of the Clontarf Road, blocking the beautiful views of Dublin Bay. At a time when we are proud to promote the Wild Atlantic way and other motoring routes, it seems short-sighted to remove such beautiful views right on the doorstep of our capital city.

The residents of Clontarf have already voiced their views on protecting such views and forced a climbdown on the building of unsightly flood defences. It would seem that this is now being continued a few miles down the road, where there is significantly less flood risk but where the views are equally beautiful. Is there any joined-up thinking on this matter? – Yours, etc,

IAN McMURTRY,

Sutton,

Dublin 13.

Sir, – I applaud the artistry behind the lovely sculpture of birds carved from a huge dead tree at the corner of St Anne’s Park (Frank McNally, An Irishman’s Diary, October 9th). But wait, as we trundle through roadworks it is now emerging that we can no longer see real birds on the bay. Why? Well it seems a huge white wall along the new cycle path cuts off all view of Dublin bay. Is it to keep cyclists from catching cold? Why weren’t we consulted? It’s an outrage that one of Dublin’s most stunning views is walled up! – Yours etc,

PETER JAMES,

Baldoyle,

Dublin 13.

Sir, – This new 5ft concrete structure along the causeway should now be considered a new safety feature while driving home, as it prevents Irish Times readers from looking over toward Dublin Bay and admiring the view, instead of concentrating on driving. – Yours, etc,

JONATHAN WORMALD,

Sutton,

Dublin 13.