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