In the early 1890s, Dalkey Town Hall was built onto Goat Castle to host community events. The ground floor of the castle became the Foyer to the new Town Hall.
In the 1860s, the upstairs room of the castle was used as a meeting room for the Dalkey Town Commissioners.
The building has hosted ‘dramatic’ events since the early 1900s. Eamon De Valera addressed a rally there in the 1930s. Hugh Leonard frequently referred to it in his memoir ‘Home Before Night’ and in his play ‘A Life’ the young Desmond delivers a speech in the Town Hall. It has been a dance hall, a theatre, a voting venue, a library, a sports arena and continues to be a valuable ‘living’ community space with dance classes and community plays.
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