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Dalkey Island, just off the coast opposite Coliemore Harbour, is a fascinating place to have a wander. Its reached by small boat from the harbour. The village of Dalkey is actually named after the Island. Dalkey is the anglified version of the Gaelic name Deilginis (Thorn Island).
The Island is rich in historic remains though to be honest the oldest ones are hard to spot. The Island has been occupied at various times in prehistory (possib as long as 6000 years ago) and there is some evidence of quarrying. It may have been used as a trading centre in Roman and Viking times (some suggestive remains have been found but obviously are no longer on the Island, so don't look for 'em :-). There is an early 7th century Christian Church, St Begnet's (supposedly an Irish Princess who gave up a life of privilege to become a prioress and for some reason is the patron saint of Dalkey!), a martello tower and gun battery (from the Napoleonic period), an Iron age fort (though you'll have to have that one pointed out to you!)
In the late 18th century a mock title of "King of Dalkey" was created to poke fun at the pomposities of the government of the day. It is still revived occasionally for fun but was quoshed around the time of the 1798 rising when it was seen as seriously seditious instead of funny by the government of his Britannic majesty (pomposity never goes out of fashion :) The full title was King of Dalkey, Emperor of the Muglins, Prince of the Holy Island of Magee, Baron of Bulloch, Seigneur of Sandycove, Defender of the Faith and Respector of All Others, Elector of Lambay and Ireland's Eye, and Sovereign of the Most Illustrious Order of the Lobster and Periwinkle.
Currently the only inhabitants of the Island are goats!
Updated Sep 17, 2006
Address: Its an Island off the coast of County Dublin!
Traditionally, Dalkey and Killiney were 'old' money neighbourhoods. As such there are some wonderful old houses dating back to Victorian times. The Victorians loved gothic styles so there are a number of "castles" and houses with turrets to be found by going for a wander around the backstreets. This is of course in addition to the medievel castles at Bulloch Harbour and in Castle Street Dalkey and the various Martello tower fortifications in the area dating to the Napoleonic era.
Updated Aug 13, 2006
Address: Around Dalkey and Killiney
Go to the heritage centre, housed in one of several small surviving castles in the village and around it. These were used by merchants to guard their goods in times of trouble. In maedievel times, Dalkey was one of the main landing points for the Dublin area.
The heritage centre often has temporary exhibitions and also provides information on some of the literary figures who have lived in Dalkey and written about the village. Theres also a hall in the same building which often puts on recitals and plays, especially in the Summer. Also in the Summer, there are often guided tours of the village and childrens activities.
Written Jul 15, 2006
Address: Dalket Town Hall
Walk up Killiney hill for a great view of all of Dublin and the bay. I would love to have a picnic here some day, it must be the perfect spot for a picnic really!
There's an obelisk on top of the hill. An excellent place for picture taking!
Written Feb 25, 2003
Address: Between Dalkey and Killiney.