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    Dalkey Island

    by MalenaN Written Mar 1, 2007

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    Dalkey Island

    Just off the shore is Dalkey Island. From the mainland you can clearly see the Martello Tower and the ruins of St Begnet’s Church. There is also a St Begnet’s Holly Well said to cure rheumatism.

    Finds have been done showing that there have been settlements on the island already in late Mesolithic 4500 BC. St Begnet’s Church was founded in 800 AD. There has been slave trade on Dalkey Island (10th century) and during the plague people fled to the island (14th century). In late 18th century there was a tradition to crown a Mock King of Dalkey on the island.

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    Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre

    by MalenaN Written Mar 2, 2007

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    Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre is situated in Goat Castle (The Tower House) on Castle Street. It is one of three castles remaining of the originally eight Castles that once stood in Dalkey.
    The Goat Castle is a fine example of a fortified town house and it dates from the early 15th century. From displays and performing actors you will learn about the history of Dalkey and medieval life around the village. The actors are performing every Wednesday and sometimes to groups other days. When I visited the actors were playing for a group of schoolchildren and I could join the group. I listened a bit to the actors, but mostly walked around on my own.
    The ruins of St Begnet’s Church and graveyard just outside the Goat Castle is also a part of the Heritage Centre.

    The entrance fee is 6 Euro (February 2007) and it is valid for the whole day. I was told I could come back any time during the day if I wanted to see more.

    The centre is open seven days a week.
    Mon - Fri 9.30 - 17.00
    Sat - Sun 11.00 - 17.00

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    Go sightseeing

    by Ruai Updated Aug 13, 2006

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    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.

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    Coliemore Harbour

    by MalenaN Written Mar 2, 2007

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    Coliemore Harbour, Dalkey

    Coliemore Harbor is a small picturesque harbour from where it only takes 5 minutes by boat to Dalkey Island. It is hard to believe that this was once the most important harbour in Dublin, but the River Liffey was too shallow for boats and therefore Coliemore Harbour was mainly used, until the river was dredged.

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    Take a walk

    by MalenaN Written Mar 3, 2007

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    View from Dalkey Hill Park

    I enjoyed my walk from Killiney, over Killiney Hill, to Dalkey. It is a very scenic walk and it is not too difficult to find the way.. Going the opposite way it might be more difficult to know where to start, but you can always ask someone. If you don’t want to walk up the hill you can also walk along Vico Road between Dalkey and Killiney. The road runs along the coast and you will get beautiful views over Killiney Bay.

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    Walk up to Killiney village

    by Ruai Written Sep 24, 2006

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    More castles . . .

    Killiney village can be reached from Dalkey by going to the coast, turning right and then walking along the Vico road until you come to the village. Alternatively you can go up via the park but you may get lost . . .

    The village itself isn't much to look at but has a nice pub, the Druid's chair, killiney hill park right beside it where you can get great views over the city and a sweet shop! This is one of the most expensive residential areas in Dublin and has various VIPs living nearby. Much more importantly, Killiney beach is just an easy stroll down the coast.

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    Dalkey Island

    by Ruai Updated Sep 17, 2006

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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!

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    Dalkey Heritage Centre

    by Ruai Updated Mar 17, 2007

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    This gives a great view of the history of the village and is housed in one of the original 7 castles of Castle St (goats castle), which later became the town hall and is now mainly used as a hall for concerts and plays. The only other castle remaining is Archbold's castle, which is a picturesque ruin beside the Catholic church.

    Guided walks often start from the centre and in Summer they will often have actors in costume to relate the story of the village to visitors (which is very popular with kids as you'd expect :)

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  • Killiney Hill

    by sabsi Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Killiney Hill

    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!

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    Killiney Hill Park

    by Ruai Updated Mar 17, 2007

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    From the top of Killiney Hill you get lovely views across Dublin and down into Wicklow. It'll be different every time you come and on a sunny day you can see why this stretch of the Dublin Coast inspired people to think of the Bay of Naples (hence the many italianite names on the streets and houses)

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    Walk and a drink

    by Jellytotty Written Apr 27, 2007

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    Dalkey (pronounced) daawkey is a little village on the privileged southside of Dublin. You can spot all the stars (bono and the edge) in some of the bars, mostly finnegans and the queens. Have a quick drink with the Sunday papers then head down the coast to Killiney beach where you can view the coastline from Bray to Howth. These views have been compared to the Amalfi Coast in Italy.

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    Walk and a drink

    by Jellytotty Written Apr 27, 2007

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    Dalkey (pronounced) daawkey is a little village on the privileged southside of Dublin. You can spot all the stars (bono and the edge) in some of the bars, mostly finnegans and the queens. Have a quick drink with the Sunday papers then head down the coast to Killiney beach where you can view the coastline from Bray to Howth. These views have been compared to the Amalfi Coast in Italy.

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    Dalkey Heritage Centre

    by Red_Hugh Written Jul 15, 2006

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    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.

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    Take in the views of Dalkey Island

    by slothtraveller Written Mar 26, 2012
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    Dalkey Island is a small, uninhabited island of the coast of Dalkey. You can see the best views of the island from near Coliemore Harbour, where there is a telescope that can be used for a small fee. There is also an information board which tells you all about the island's history, flora and fauna. Supposedly seals regularly visit the island and a herd of goats also inhabits it. I have to admit I didn't see much wildlife personally. I was too busy relaxing on a bench enjoying the sea views after a long walk!

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