For decades, the north Dublin coastal town of Skerries was a holiday destination. In the late 1940s, the Quinn family, the founders of the Superquinn chain of supermarkets, set up a holiday camp on Red Island, with 250 bedrooms and dining and entertainment areas all under one roof.
From the 1960s, the coast was filled with mobile homes and day-trippers. But by the late 1990s, when foreign holidays started to become affordable for the masses, Skerries ebbed as a destination for domestic tourists.
These days, Skerries is popular among families who settle down there for good, attracted by its two beaches, picturesque harbour and ease of access to motorway networks, a train station and Dublin Airport.
Catering to these buyers were developers Malachy Clarke and Bernie Carroll, who head up Winsac. They built Kelly’s Bay, just to the north of Skerries town centre, and, during the Celtic Tiger, set about