The 4 proposals are:
- A national maritime museum
- An Irish diaspora museum
- An interactive center for literature, art and music, an emigration history centre, a municipal art gallery
- A national aquarium
An acquarium might make sense, but I'm not sure the atmosphere would be right. It will be a few yards from the busy Car Ferry pier. That leaves the Maritime Museum, which is not a bad suggestion, but it would make the current Maritime Museum up the street from the Harbour redundant. And, since that building is the old Mariners Church, I can't see how there'd be much use for that building once the Maritime Museum had left.
I'm not actually sold on why we need to rebuild the pier at all. Sure, the Carlisle Pier has been there a long time, but if we're going to tear it down, why not just leave it down? Or, why not allow some private development to rebuild it and make use of it?
If we must rebuild it, I'd like to suggest a museum devoted to engineering. Dun Laoghaire Harbour is, to me, one of the greatest engineering feats in Ireland. I'm sure there are other towns/cities across the world that possess similar works, but the full story of how the rock was quarried out of Dalkey Hill (which is now a great resource - quarrying may change, but it doesn't necessarily ruin a natural amenity), transported by a novel mini-rail system and assembled into the 2 great piers in the 1820s is remarkable. A national engineering museum (I'm sure a better name can be found) would be appropriately located within the shelter of Dun Laoghaire Harbour.