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Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Dun Laoghaire is a large town about 11kms south-east of Dublin, on the southern curve of Dublin Bay.

The town’s origins date from the 5th century, when a fort of King Laoghaire was built here (Dun means fort in Irish).   The present town is a pleasant mixture of Victorian  terrace houses and more modern structures, as well as being the ferry port for the Stena Line fast ferry to Holyhead in Wales.

The main street, George’s Street, runs parallel to the sea, about one block inland.   It has been partly pedestrianised, and made more attractive to shoppers and strollers by this restriction of traffic.   Many of the shops date from the early 20th century, and their upper storeys, with their cornices and mouldings are well worth a look up as you walk along the street!

Marine Road is the main street from George’s Street to the harbour – and what a harbour it is!   Two massive granite piers enclose a large area of water, making this harbour one of Ireland ’s finest, and a pleasure ground for sailors, walkers and holidaymakers alike.   The piers are each about one mile in length, and are a favourite stomping ground for the locals to see and be seen, as well as providing an easy location for a half-hour’s exercise in speed walking.

A promenade stretches from the East Pier right along the coast to Sandycove, a tiny sandy harbour, overlooked by a Martello tower, called Joyce’s Tower, after the writer James Joyce, who set the first section of his novel, Ulysses here.   It’s an easy walk from Dun Laoghaire, and one of the most pleasant in this part of Dublin.

If you’re visiting Dublin, don’t miss Dun Laoghaire – it’s a short ride by DART train from the city centre.

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May 03, 2005 new by carol (2 points)

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