From the mountains to the sea Dún Laoghaire really is a town for all seasons. John Wynne of Dún Laoghaire Tourism gives a brief outline of what’s on offer this season.
Dún Laoghaire Marina, situated right in the lively east coast seaport of Dún Laoghaire, could not be better suited to visitors looking for safe moorings, pleasant walks, entertainment, good food and friendly service.
For many visitors, their first contact with Ireland is the beautiful coastline as they enter Dún Laoghaire, with its spectacular man-made harbour. A trip on the DART (commuter rail) takes you from the Booterstown Marsh Bird Sanctuary, close to Dublin, through Blackrock, Monkstown, Dún Laoghaire, Dalkey and the breath-taking vista of Killiney Bay, to Shankill in the south, hugging the shoreline all the way.
Within ten or fifteen minutes drive from the coast one can play golf, go hill-walking on the ‘Wicklow Way’ which starts from the magnificent Marlay Park in Rathfarnham, go horse-riding, or enjoy a host of other outdoor activities, all set in spectacular countryside.
The area around Dún Laoghaire, Dalkey and Killiney is steeped in our literary and cultural heritage, both past and present. James Joyce, that great Irishman of letters, saw fit to base the opening chapter of Ulysses in the striking Martello Tower at Sandycove, just south of the harbour which was his home for a short while, and now houses a museum in his honour. The poet Oliver St. John Gogarty lived here. Nobel Prize Winner George Bernard Shaw of Pygmalion fame lived nearby in Dalkey.