Designed in 1759 as a pleasure house, it sought to ‘ recreate in Dublin an Italianate paradise’
The historic casino at Marino in north Dublin, initially designed in 1759 to serve as a pleasure house was officially opened to the public on Friday. The casino was undergoing renovation and conservation work and had been closed for over two years.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) has now opened the property as a tourist attraction.
Minister of State for the OPW Kevin “Boxer” Moran said: “Today we are reopening the Casino to the public, confident the conservation work and craftsmanship will ensure it endures and thrives.
“Today is an important day here locally as well – while the Casino is feted internationally, it is also of exceptional importance to the local community here in North Dublin, who regard it with exceptional pride.”
Gambling is very popular in Ireland. Moreover, gambling addiction has been on the rise in the country. According to the official data, the number of people treated for problem gambling in the health services sector crossed 250 in the past year.
In Ireland, gambling is treated as a problem “substance”, just like alcohol and illegal drugs, on the reporting system maintained by the Health Service Executive.
The figures show that there were about 1,750 cases where gambling was recorded as the main problem substance since the National Drug Treatment Reporting System started collecting gambling-related data in 2010.
In 2019 for the first four months, there have been a total of 82 gambling cases in treatment.