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Killiney (Irish: Cill Inion Léinín , which means “Church of the Daughters of Léinín”) is a seaside resort and suburb in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Ireland.The area lies on the coast south of neighboring Dalkey, and north of Shankill. It is part of Dáil constituency Dun Laoghaire.


Killiney Hill Park was opened in 1887 as the Victoria Hill in honor of Britain’s Queen Victoria’s 50 years on the throne. The park has a magnificent view of Dublin Bay, Killiney Bay Bray Head and Mount Big Sugar Loaf Mountain (506 m), which extends from the Wicklow Mountains across to Howth Head. Park topography is pretty dramatic, and its highest point, the Obelisk, is 170 meters above sea level.

Other attractions include Killiney Beach, Killiney Golf Club, a local Martello Tower, and the ruins of Cill Inion Léinín, the church around which the original village was founded.

Coastal areas in Killiney often favorably compared to the Bay of Naples in Italy. This comparison is reflected in the names of the surrounding roads, as Vico, Sorrento, Monte Alverno, San Elmo, and Capri. On clear days, the Mourne Mountains in County Down can be seen. Killiney Hill Park was once part of the estate of Killiney Castle, now a hotel. Since early 2010, a pod of bottlenose dolphins have been seen regularly in Killiney Bay. [ Citation needed ]



The area is served by Dublin Bus routes 7b, 7n (Nitelink) and 45a at the junction of Killiney Hill Road and Shanganagh Road and Road 59 at Killiney Hill. [1]

An Aircoach service begins at Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel in Killiney links with Dublin Airport every hour, 24 hours a day.


Killiney railway station, served by DART, located on Station Road. [2]

Famous residents

Northeast Killiney is one of Dublin’s most exclusive neighborhoods. Famous residents include U2 members Bono and The Edge. Former racing driver Eddie Irvine is also sometimes seen in Killiney. Actor Allen Leech was born in Killiney, as well as radio presenter Paddy O’Byrne. Singer Enya lives in a Manderley Castle in Killiney.


Killiney The village got its name from the location of the nuns’ abbey.Leinin, a local chieftain and his seven daughters converted to Christianity, and together they went on to found a religious community on Marino Avenue West.Idag family celebrated in the stained glass windows in the church of St. Alphonsus and Columba in Ballybrack, only a few minutes walk away . Although the establishment of the first church dates back to the sixth century, its current roofless ruin from the 11th century. This small chapel on Marino Avenue West mark the historical center of Killiney Village and can still be seen today.

For many centuries, most of the area was the property of the Talbot de Malahide family, some of the original supporters of the 1170 Norman invasion. The obelisk atop Killiney Hill records the famine of 1741 and the relief works made for the poor, which include Obelisk and many walls that cover the top of the hill. In the 19th century, were the areas in the north and east of the village owned by Robert Warren, who developed many of the Victorian homes tract. The Warrens also sold the land needed to extend the Dublin and Kingstown Railway to Killiney and ultimately Bray. Killiney beach was a popular seaside destination for Dubliners, and John Rocque’s 1757 map shows bathhouse near White Rock, on Killiney Beach. The coast became even more popular when the railway opened, and the opening of the Victoria Park in 1887 to celebrate the British monarch’s visit and the opening of Vico Road in 1889 appears to have increased this popularity further. Victoria Castle was built in honor of Queen Victoria, especially her accession to the throne. [ Citation needed ] This is currently owned by Donegal sångareEnya renamed it Manderley Castle.

From 1900 until the late 1940s Killiney remained a close-rural area, despite its proximity to Dublin city. From the early 1960s, the economy began to expand, and thus reach Dublin in areas in its hinterland as Killiney.

20th century development

During the first half of the twentieth century, still consisted Electoral Division of North Killiney of a small village in the center and a number of suburban roads lined with large houses. Some small cottages were occupied by working-class locals and bohemian residents like George Bernard Shaw, whose house, Torca Cottage, located near the border with Dalkey.

South Killiney consisted of agricultural land uncultivated hillside forest, a few large farmhouse (Ballinclea House in particular, which is owned by the Talbot de Malahide family [3] and was destroyed by fire in the early 1970s, and Roche’s House, close to the contemporary Killiney Shopping Centre), the convent of the sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny and Killiney Golf Club, a nine-hole course that was founded 1903rd

Killiney population grew rapidly in the decades after the Emergency that urbanization and suburbanization of Ireland Dublin progressed. The main districts most locals will identify the Killiney Hill Park, Roche’s Hill (locally known as Mullins’ Hill), Killiney Village, North Killiney (Cluny Grove, Killiney Road, Ballinclea), Killiney Hill Road, Vico Road. The last six of these areas are developed, usually with two-story homes, with an average density of 10 to 30 houses per hectare. North Killiney mainly consists of two bedrooms, two-story homes to 10 to 30 houses per hectare.

The population, as recorded by the Census of Ireland, peaked in 1996 at around 10,800 and has decreased by about 12% since then, as falling average family sizes have outpaced housing.

See also

  • List of towns and villages in Ireland


  • The story of Killiney Hill Park Dunlaoghaire-Rathdown County Council[ dead link ]
  • Carrickmines Castle, Vale Shanganagh, Dalkey, Killiney and Ballybrack Hills (Waybackmachine archive link)
  • Pearson, Peter (1998). Between the mountains and the sea: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Dublin. The O’Brien Press ISBN 0-86278-582-0.


  1. Jump up ^ “Dublin Bus Routes”. Dublin Bus. Retrieved 2007-08-31.
  2. Jump up ^ “Irish Rail Killiney Station”. Irish Rail. Retrieved 2007-08-31.
  3. Jump up ^ “Who’s Who in Dublin.” Admiralty and Horse Guards Gazette,


Dalkey (/ dɒːkiː /; Irish: Deilginis , which means “thorn island”) is a suburb of Dublin and seaside resort just south of Dublin, Ireland. It was founded as a Viking settlement and became an important port during the Middle Ages.According to John Clyn, it was one of the ports through which the plague entered Ireland in the mid 14’s. In modern times, Dalkey has become a prosperous seaside suburb and a minor tourist attraction. It has been home to many writers and celebrities including Jane Emily Herbert, Maeve Binchy, Hugh Leonard, Bono, Van Morrison ochEnya


The city is named after Dalkey Island, just off the beach. The name is derived from the Irish deilg ( “tag”) and Old Norse ey ( “island”).

King of Dalkey

This putative elective monarchy is a tradition for the people of Dalkey [1].Freemen of Dalkey inherited the right to choose the king by boredom young blood back in Dublin in 1787. They formed a club in which they roped WITS, poets and thinkers. They summoned “Pimlico House” – named for the rights and Dublin, and from an assembly room they threw broadsides country humbug and pomposity of the Castle (Dublin Castle) and its hack.

The full title is the most impressive “King of Dalkey, Emperor of the Vikings (Ringrose), Prince of the Holy Island Magee, Baron of Bulloch, Seigneur of Sandycove, Defender of the Faith and Respector of all others, the Elector of Lambay and Ireland’s Eye, and Sovereign the most famous Order of the lobster and Periwinkle. “Over the years twenty knee-breeched courtiers in 18th century costume attended the King of Dalkey on Coronation Day. In later times, the costumes were rented from a theater costumiers in Dublin.Fun was the royal order of the day for all involved.

More than # 420 attended the royal procession, carnival and coronation on August 20, 1797 by Stephen Armitage pawnshop and Printer “King Stephen the first, King of Dalkey.” Since kom1798 Rising and its subsequent political unrest, which broke off this supposed cultural monarchy. However, the tradition successfully revived in 1934 [2], in 1965 and again in 1983, and continues. The current king is the local sexton, Finbarr Madden [3].

The following items (collected by Alice Cullen) refers to the “Royal goings on” make very interesting reading. They are a barometer of the local culture of the times. The first mention of a king Dalkey taken from the 1780 Dublin Historical Record Vol. 1V No. 2 December 1941-February 1942 Glimpses of Old Dalkey FM O’Flanagan [4].

Local tradition says that Hugh Dempsey was crowned “King of Dalkey” around 1780. On the south side of the old church is another stone that says: “This stone was erected by Mr. Murtagh Dempsey in the city of Dublin in memory of his affectionate son, Hugh Dempsey blocks husband of the city that departed this life april 7 1790. ”

local amenities


Dalkey Quarry is a disused granite quarry stone that was used during the 19th century to build the Dun Laoghaire harbor, and is now a popular rock-climbing spot in Killiney Hill Park. During the construction of the port, where the quarry is connected via Dun Laoghaire a metal tramway called “Metals, some of which are still visible in some parts of Dalkey.


There are several small ports on the coast of Dalkey. Bulloch Harbour is the largest; It is in the northern part of Dalkey on Harbour Road and is an outspoken seal sanctuary. Coliemore Harbour is very small but very picturesque and located in the southern part of Dalkey on Coliemore Road.In the Middle Ages Coliemore was the main port of Dublin City. Bulloch Harbour is still a working harbor with boats fishing for lobster and crab. It is also used by locals and tourists who rent boats to nearby fishing, sightseeing and to get to Dalkey Island.


Cuala CLG, a prominent Gaelic Athletic Association sports, and Dalkey United, an association football club, are both based at Hyde Park. Early in his football career, Paul McGrath played for Dalkey United. In the 1940s, the city produced another footballer of note, Peter Farrell. Recently, it has set up an athletics club, the Dalkey Rowing Club Dashers.Dalkey based on Coliemore Harbour and kayak taught in Bulloch. Dalkey Sea Scouts hold two beautiful old yachts at Bulloch Harbour.


There are five schools in Dalkey. Loreto Primary School caters for boys from junior infants through first grade, and girls from junior infants through sixth grade. Loreto Abbey Secondary School caters for girls from the first year through the sixth year. Harold Boys National School caters for boys from second grade through sixth grade, and St. Patrick’s National School caters for boys and girls from junior infants through sixth grade. Castle School, an independent preparatory school for boys and girls.


The Dalkey Atmosphere station at atmospheric Road (March 29, 1844 April 12, 1854) [2] was the terminus of the first commercial application of the atmospheric system for train propulsion. [3]

The current Dalkey train station was opened July 10 1854. The station is served by DART electric railway system that provides quick access to and from Dublin centrum.Spektakulära clifftop overlooking Dalkey Island and Killiney Bay is given as a train out of a short tunnel just south of Dalkey Station. Placed on the left side of the train as it leaves Dalkey. Many passengers reported seeing a resident pod of dolphins playing in the water between this point and Killiney Station. The train has been known to slow down if they put on a show!

An Aircoach service with a stop at Hyde road area of Dublin Airport. Dublin Bus services 59, 7d and 8 link with downtown and the nearby port town of Dun Laoghaire Stena Line operates a car ferry to Holyhead in UK.


Dalkey is the original hometown of two well-known Irish writers: novelist Maeve Binchy and playwright Hugh Leonard. It is also the setting for Flann O’Brien’s novel The Dalkey Archive . In recent years, several well-known Irish and international music figures – including U2 members Bono and The Edge, Enya, Chris de Burgh and Van Morrison – have bought homes in the area.Film director Neil Jordan live in the city.

Pat Kenny (former host of RTÉ’s flagship chat show The Late Late Show ) resides. Current values of The Late Late Show , Ryan Tubridy also live in the area.

Formula One driver Damon Hill and Eddie Irvine, is a former resident who is the singer Lisa Stansfield and Jim Kerr.

James Joyce and George Bernard Shaw also have close associations with the area. Shaw lived in Torca Cottage on Dalkey Hill 1866-1874 and Joyce lived in Joyce Tower at Sandycove for a time and set the first chapter of his masterpiece, Ulysses, there.

Victoria Cross recipient Major William Leet born in Dalkey.

Rees Ringrose, a programmer who designed many fitness websites, born and residing in Dalkey.

annual festivals

Dalkey Book Festival

Now in its fourth year, Dalkey Book Festival was established to celebrate and promote the wealth of literary talent in and around the city. The festival takes place over a weekend in mid-June each year. Festival directors, David McWilliams and Sian Smyth, working with the support of a superb group of volunteers and Dalkey Business Group to ensure the festival’s success. The long list of the grant included Salman Rushdie, Amos Oz, Seamus Heaney, Edna O’Brien, Roddy Doyle, Maeve Binchy, Joseph O’Connor, Tim Pat Coogan, Derek Landy, Jennifer Johnston, Robert Fisk, Eamon Morrissey, John Waters, Matt Cooper, Julian Gough, Dawn O’Porter and Sinéad Cusack.

Lobster, crab and all that jazz

Now in its third year this festival, which takes place in late August, is a mix of local seafood and the best of the current global jazz musicians with plenty of fun events for the whole family to enjoy.

Things to do

Dalkey is known for its award-winning pubs and restaurants. Dalkey Main Street, Castle Street, has a 10th century church and two 14th Century Norman castle, which houses the Heritage Centre. There are many scenic and historic walks and excursions. Free tourist maps are available from stores in the city and the Dalkey Castle. Dalkey Hill offers spectacular views of Dublin City, Dublin Bay and Dublin and the Wicklow Mountains. Deilg Inis Living History Theatre Company running live theater performances every half hour at Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre. Boats are available for rent at Bulloch Harbour on Harbour Road and yacht trips around Dalkey Island can be taken from nearby Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Dalkey Quarry is a very popular rock climbing and rappelling spot. Killiney Hill is a popular launch site for para-gliders, wind coming in from the sea provides good lift.


Vico bathing and White Rock Beach, accessed from Vico Road, offers ocean swimming with spectacular views. Both have changed shelters. The ever popular Sandycove Beach and the adjacent “Forty Foot” bathing area is a short walk away next to Joyce Tower. Intrepid local young people can often be seen diving off the piers at Coliemore Harbour.


Dalkey Island is home to a colony of seals that have greatly increased in recent years. A herd of wild goats living on the island as well. BirdWatch Ireland has established a colony of roseate tern in Maiden Rock, just north of Dalkey Island. Recently, a pod three dolphins started frequent waters around Dalkey Island.

See also

  • Dalkey Island
  • dalkey Quarry
  • List of towns and villages in Ireland
  • Dalkey Atmospheric Railway


  1. Jump up ^ “Census 2006 – Volume 1 – Population Classified by Area” (PDF). Central Statistics Office Census 2006 reports. Central Statistics Office of Ireland. April 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-12. Note: The figure indicated is the sum of the population of Dalkey Avondale, Dalkey Bullock, Dalkey Coliemore, Dalkey Hill and Dalkey Upper sections of the site.
  2. Jump up ^ “Dalkey station” (PDF). Railscot – Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-08-31.
  3. Jump up ^ Industrial Heritage Ireland

Dublin Bay

Dublin Bay (Irish: Cuan Bhaile Átha Cliath ) is a C-shaped inlet of the Irish Sea on the east coast of Ireland. The bay is about 10 kilometers wide along its north-south base and 7 km in length to a head in the center of Dublin, stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south. North Bull Island is located in the northwestern part of the bay, where one of the two major coastal sandbanks low, and has a 5 km long sandy beach, Dollymount Strand, fronting an internationally recognized wildfowl reserve.Many of the rivers of Dublin reach the Irish Sea at Dublin Bay: denfloden Liffey, the River Dodder flow received less than 1 km inland, River Tolka and various smaller rivers.

The metropolitan area in the city of Dublin surrounds three sides of the bay (north, west and south), while the Irish Sea lies to the east. Dublin was founded by the Vikings at the point where they could ford the River Liffey with the first wattle bridge up from the estuary. The city spread from its birthplace, around what is now James Gate area, along the coast, north-east towards Howth and southeast toward Dalkey.


The bay is fairly shallow with numerous sandbars and rock formations, and was notorious in the past for the shipwreck, especially when the wind was from the east. Until modern times, many ships and their passengers lost along the treacherous coast from Howth to Dun Laoghaire, less than a kilometer from the beach. Early maps of the bay show accurately narrow fairways and berthing areas.

The bay had two coastal sandbars, North Bull and South Bull. With the construction of the Bull Wall, started the North Bull to build up rapidly, forming North Bull Island (often simply “Bull Island”). The south wall had been built earlier – the Great South Wall – but did not result in the formation island, South Bull remaining today an area of wetlands and other string. In addition, several offshore sandbars, especially Kish Bank (on which a lighthouse stands).


From north to south, Dublin Bay beaches at Sutton Beach, Dollymount Strand on the North Bull Island, Sandymount, Seapoint and south of Dun Laoghaire. The remaining are either rocky coast (with cliffs on Howth Head, for example) or mud coming up to the dykes. In most areas, the ground slopes gently down to the sea, but apart from Howth Head, there are bluffs along much of the coast Raheny, sharper and hills just inland of Monkstown and Old Dunleary.


Over 500 crew and passengers (mostly military personnel) were lost when the steamship RMS Leinster was torpedoed and sunk by German U-Boat UB-123 October 10, 1918. She is 33 meters (108 feet) of water vid53 ° 18.88 ‘N 5 ° 47.71’W.

In 1972, the Dublin Port and Docks Board proposed to build an oil refinery in Dublin Bay. The plan strongly opposed by environmentalists, including Dublin City Councillor Seán D. Loftus, because there is a serious risk of pollution. Loftus, a lifelong campaigner for Dublin Bay, changed his name by deed poll to “Seán Dublin Bay Loftus” when standing for election to the Dáil.Although he was not elected, he managed to publish the issue and the proposal eventually turned down by the Minister of Local Government, James Tully. (Loftus later changed his name by deed poll to “Seán Dublin Bay Rockall Loftus’ as part of a campaign to press the Irish government to make a territorial claim on Rockall island off County Donegal). Loftus also led opposition to the 2002 and subsequent applications from Dublin Port Company to fill in 52 acres (210,000 m 2 ) in Dublin Bay. Other proposals for the Gulf have included a proposal to build giant underwater gas storage tanks, and padding near the lagoon behind the North Bull Island to form an amusement park.


During the summer of 2010, An Bord Pleanála refused permission to Dublin Port Company to proceed with its plans to filling another 52 acres (210,000 m2 ) in Dublin Bay. [1] The proposed padding, which has fiercely resisted by the residents, [2 ] politicians, [3] [4] [5] environment and others around the Gulf for over 20 years, [6] was rejected at one point. An Bord Pleanála refused nine out of ten of its own inspector recommendations for rejection, but refused permission on the grounds that it was not convinced that the proposed development would not adversely affect the integrity of the South Dublin Bay and River Tolka Estuary proposed Special Protection and negative affect the natural heritage of Dublin Bay. [7] Within a few months after the decision, applied the Dublin port Company and received a pre-application meeting with an Bord Pleanála. Dublin Port Company has redrafted its proposals in relation to the SPA boundary and may send an application for the project.


Coastal flooding can occur at high tide on several points, particularly the city side of Clontarf and Sandymount.

popular culture

James Joyce in much of the action in his novel Ulysses around the bay, from Forty Foot bathing place-where the character Buck Mulligan washed on Bloomsday morning to Howth, where Leopold Bloom made love to his wife Molly in rhododendrons.

See also

  • Dublin port


  1. Jump up ^ “Dublin Bay infill plan is rejected”. Rte. 2010-06-09. Retrieved 2011-04-20.
  2. Jump up ^ “Bay Watch says no to the plans for the 52-acre infill” 29.10.2008. Retrieved 2011-04-20.
  3. Jump up ^ “Dublin Bay – Proposed 52-acre infill”. Retrieved 2011-04-20.
  4. Jump up ^ “Dublin Port must abandon the plan to Filling 52 Acres of Dublin Bay – Bruton.” 2009-11-18. Retrieved 2011-04-20.
  5. Jump up ^ “Dublin Port expansion plan refused”. The Irish Times. 2010-06-09. Retrieved 2011-04-20.
  6. Jump up ^ “BirdWatch Ireland welcomes the rejection of the proposal to the filling part of Dublin Bay.” Birdwatch Ireland – South Dublin Branch.2010-06-09. Retrieved 2011-04-20.
  7. Jump up ^ “say no to 52 Acre The filling Dublin Bay”. Clontarf Residents’ Association. In 2010. Taken 2011-04-20.


Sandycove (Irish: Cuas a Ghainimh ) is an area of Dublin, Ireland. It is southeast of Dun Laoghaire and Glasthule, and northwest of Dalkey. It is a popular seaside resort.

Sandycove is well known for its (previous) Mr bathing, the Forty Foot, as before gave a quiet swimming haven for men only. This is still a popular swimming spot, but since the end of the 20s, mixed bathing is permitted.

The writer James Joyce lived for a week as a young man in the Martello Tower is located next to the Forty Foot bathing place at Sandycove. The opening scene of Joyce Ulysses is in this tower. It now hosts a small Joycean Museum, open year-round. [1] Bloomsday celebrated in Sandycove in Joyce’s honor on 16 June of each year.

Close to the tower, by the sea, is the unique landmark developed in the Avant Garde style by Michael Scott, a prominent 20th-century architect who made it his residence.


Sandycove and Glasthule railway station was opened on October 11, 1855. [2]

On December 20, 1940 during World War II, Luftwaffe bombed the railway station although Ireland was a neutral country. There were three injuries. [3]See the bombing of Dublin during World War II.

Sandycove is also serviced by Dublin Bus numbers 59, 7 and 8.

Sandycove is also close to Dun Laoghaire port with regular services to Holyhead, Wales.


The first rescue station in Ireland was founded in Sandycove 1803rd

On 28 December 1821 the lifeboat rescued the crew of the brig Ellen in Liverpool . Four volunteers lifeboatmen drowned. [4]

Notable residents

  • Roger Casement was born in Sandycove.
  • Bernard Farrell, playwright
  • William Monk Gibbon, poet and writer
  • Peter Gatenby, Professor and Medical Director of the United Nations, lived in Sandycove. [5]
  • James Joyce stayed briefly in the Martello Tower is located next to the Forty Foot bathing place, as guest of Oliver St. John Gogarty. [6]
  • Lucy Kennedy, programs
  • Jason O’Mara was born and grew up in Sandycove.
  • Oliver St. John Gogarty rented Martello Tower 1904-1925.
  • Imogen Stuart, sculptor and Saoi
  • Maureen Toal, an actress who lived in Sandycove. [7]

See also

  • List of towns and villages in Ireland

External links

  • Official website
  • Sandycove & Glass Thule station


  1. Jump up ^ “About | James Joyce Tower and Museum “ Pulled 02/26/2016.
  2. Jump up ^ “Sandycove station” (PDF). Railscot – Irish Railways.Retrieved 2007-09-03.
  3. Jump up ^ storm Approved by: Ireland and the Battle of the Atlantic, 1940-1941, by Trevor Allen; page 63
  4. Jump up ^ Gilligan, Henry (1988). Gill and Macmillan. p. 67. ISBN 978-0-7171-1578-5. Missing or empty (help) | title =
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  6. Jump up ^ “Bloomsday”. James Joyce Centre. Pulled 02/08/2016.
  7. Jump up ^ ” ‘Greatest’actor Maureen Toal die.” Irish Times. 08.25.2012.Pulled 08/27/2012.

James Joyce Tower and Museum is

James Joyce Tower and Museum is a Martello tower in Sandycove, Dublin, where James Joyce spent six nights (September 9-14) in 1904. [1] Admission is free. [2]


The tower was leased from the British War Office by Joyce university friend Oliver St. John Gogarty, with the aim of “Hellenising” Ireland. Gogarty later attributed to Joyce’s abrupt resignation after only six days to a midnight incident with a loaded revolver. [3]

The opening scenes of Ulysses is in the morning after this incident. Gogarty is immortalized as “Stately, plump Buck Mulligan” (the opening words of the novel).

The tower now contains a museum dedicated to Joyce and showing some of her possessions and other ephemera related to Ulysses (such as an empty pot of “Plumtree’s Pickled Meat”). The living space is set up to resemble its 1904 appearance (with a ceramic panther to represent one seen in a dream resident). It is a pilgrimage for Joyce enthusiasts, especially on Bloomsday.

The tower became a museum opening on June 16, 1962 through the efforts of the Dublin artist John Ryan. Ryan also rescued the door of 7 Eccles Street (now the James Joyce Centre) from demolition and organized, by Flann O’Brien, the first Bloomsday Celebration 1954th

James Joyce Tower is open 365 days a year, 10 am-6pm (10am 4pm in winter).Admission is free. The museum is run by Friends of Joyce Tower Society on a voluntary basis.


  1. Hoppa upp^Bowker, Gordon (2012). James Joyce: En ny biografi . New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux. pp. 130-131.
  2. Jump up ^ “James Joyce Tower Museum”. Retrieved February 9, 2015.
  3. Hoppa upp^ Gogarty, Oliver (1948). Sorg Blev Mrs Spendlove. New York: Creative Age Press. pp. 56-57.


  • Ryan, Susan (20 July 2012). “Joyce Tower set to resume thanks to voluntary support.”

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown [1] (Irish: Dún Laoghaire-Rath en Duin ) is a municipality in Ireland. It is part of the Dublin region in the province of Leinster. It is named after the former town of Dun Laoghaire and barony of Rathdown. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is the local authority for the county. The population of the county is 206,261 according to the census of 2011. [2]

Geography and political subdivisions

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown is bordered to the east by the Irish Sea, in the north of the local government area of Dublin City Council, in the west of South Dublin and the south of County Wicklow .University College Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology in the county . It is one of three small counties to which County Dublin was divided in 1994. Located in sydöstraDublin city, its county town is Dun Laoghaire. It is one of the four parts of the Dublin Region. It was created in 1994 through the merger of the areas covered by the Corporation of Dun Laoghaire and southeastern part of the former county Dublin. In addition, the powers of the former Dean Grange Joint Burial Board were incorporated in the new agency.As part of the Dublin Region , the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown within the geographical area of responsibility Dublin Regional Authority. Following the adoption of the Local Government Act 2001, the Regional Authority set up.[3] It is one of eight such agencies in the state.

Cities, villages and suburbs

See also: List of townlands in County Dublin

  • Ballinteer
  • Ballybrack
  • black stone
  • Booterstown
  • Belfield
  • Cry
  • Cabinteely
  • Carrickmines
  • cherrywood
  • Church
  • Clonskeagh
  • Dalkey
  • Dean Grange
  • Dundrum
  • Dun Laoghaire
  • Foxrock
  • Goatstown
  • Glasthule
  • Glenageary
  • Glencullen
  • Johnstown
  • Killiney
  • Kilmacud
  • Kilternan
  • Leopards
  • Loughlinstown
  • Monks
  • Mount Merrion
  • Rathfarnham
  • Sandyford
  • Sandycove
  • Sallynoggin
  • Shankill
  • Step aside
  • Stillorgan
  • Ticknock

Terminology and etymology

The name Rathdown is a Anglicisation of the Irish “Ráth en Duin,” which means “ring forts of the fort.” Dun Laoghaire, means “Laoghaire’s fast.”

In Ireland, the word “county” has traditionally come before rather than after the county’s name: thus ” County Clare” in Ireland as opposed to “ClareCounty ” in Michigan, USA. But the counties created after 1994 often drop the word “County” completely or use it by name, such as Internet search engines show many more uses of Irish seats in the “Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown” than either “Rathdown County Dun Laoghaire-” or “Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County “. There seems to be no official guidance on the issue and the local authorities use all three forms. [4]

There is no “Rathdown” city in the county. The modern county is basically the same divisions as medieval half-barony of Rathdown, a division of County Dublin.

Although it is the smallest county in Ireland in terms of area, it is also the county with the longest name. In addition, the official legal name of the county, in English, is spelled without a síneadh fada on the “u” in the Irish-speaking part of the name “Dun Laoghaire” [5] (although the current style in the county is to use síneadh fada on the name in both Irish and English). [6] thereason for this [ citation needed ] is that the names of the new Dublin county councils never examined at committee level in the Houses of the Oireachtas, and was last changed in 1991 local Government Act, which took effect. Both parliamentary debates and Dublin County Council’s own reorganization report published in 1992 concluded that the name Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown was “unacceptable”. A one-year proviso in the 1993 Local Government (Dublin) Act to change the name of the county at the local level were allowed by the new Council. The legislation allows the elected members of the Council to comment on further legislation to change the name of the county.

County insignia

The motto on the insignia of the County Council’s reading, Ó Chuan go Sliabh , Irish for “From the port to the mountain.” The crown of the device is that King Lóegaire mac Neill (Laoghaire, the högkung in the fifth century, who lived in the area).

Local governments and politics

Main article: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is the local authority for the county. There are six local electoral areas (Leah) for the county that once a total of 28 Council as follows: Ballybrack (6), Black Rock (4), Dundrum (6), Dun Laoghaire (6), “Glencullen / Sandyford” (3) still means (3).

1986 “administrative region” of Dublin was divided into three “electoral counties.” Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Dublin – Fingal, Dublin – Belgard [7] In 1994, the Dublin County Council and the Corporation of Dun Laoghaire was abolished and the three electoral counties became “administrative counties”, named Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin respectively. [8] In 2001, the “administrative counties” was redesignated as simply “county”. The three counties with Dublin is Dublin region. The label “Dublin” continues to be used informally for this area (the city has been administered separately from Dublin since 1548).

For elections to Dáil Éireann, the county is divided between constituencies in Dun Laoghaire (4 representatives) and Dublin Rathdown (three representatives), with the division generally runs längsN11. These constituencies currently has four Fine Gael TD, a Green Party TD, an anti-austerity Alliance People before Profit TD and an independent TD.

Dublin region represents the Dublin constituency in the European elections.


The Dublin Area Rapid Transit system runs through the east coast of the county and connects to the center of Dublin in the north as well as other points north and south of Iarnród Éireann railway system, with connections to the Intercity train. The green Luas line runs through the center of the county.

There is a medium sized ferry port at Dun Laoghaire, with ferry crossings to and from Holyhead in North Wales, this is a popular route for tourists traveling across the Irish Sea from Great Britain. With the advent of faster boats have day trips with Dun Laoghaire Harbour has become more popular.


  1. Jump up ^ Electoral Change Act 2009 – Schedule
  2. Jump up ^ Census 2011 – County Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Overview
  3. Jump up ^ (regional authorities) Establishment Order 1993.
  4. Jump up ^ Fingal County Council website, which (apart from the references to the Council itself) both “Fingal County” and “Fingal County” appears, but much less frequently than “Fingal” alone.
  5. Jump up ^ Local Government (Dublin) Act 1993 – Section 9 (2c)
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  7. Jump up ^ “Local Government (Reorganisation) Act, 1985, section 12”.Irish Statute Book. Retrieved February 14, 2014. “SI No. 400/1993 – The Local Government (Dublin) Act, 1993 Initial Order, 1993.”. Irish Statute Book. Taken 14 februari2014.
  8. Jump up ^ “SI No. 400/1993 – The Local Government (Dublin) Act, 1993 Initial Order, 1993.”. Irish Statute Book. Retrieved February 14, 2014.”Local Government (Dublin) Act, 1993″. Irish Statute Book. Retrieved February 14, 2014.

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