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.