Dun Laoghaire Things to Do

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    Yachting about

    by Ruai Written May 14, 2006

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    Dun Laoghaire has a long tradition of yachting and, along with Howth, would be the main centre for such in the Dublin area. There are 4 yacht clubs in the harbour and in addition a couple of sailtraining operations. Just outside the harbour is a windsurfing centre at Salthill. While I've never had much interest myself in such things, many become addicted to the call of the sea and it doesnt have to cost the earth. Theres always a need for crew on boats and efforts have been made to make the sail training approachable to non-yachties (most of the clubs are over a hundred years old and so are well aware of the need to attract the younger gneration for their own long-term survival. Even if not at all interested in such things, it can be fun to watch the boats come in and out from the harbour walls :-)

    Two of the clubs have splendid 19th century clubhouses on the waterfront but unfortunately you can't go in!

    National Yacht Club (www.nyc.ie)

    Royal Irish Yacht Club (www.riyc.ie) Oldest in the harbour, founded in 1831

    Royal St George Yacht Club (www.rsgyc.ie)

    Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club (www.dmyc.ie)

    Irish Sailing Association (www.sailing.ie) - Overall governing body for Irish yachting

    Irish National Sailing School (www.inss.ie)

    Irish Youth Sailing Club (www.iysc.net )

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    Lambert Puppet theatre

    by Ruai Written May 14, 2006

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    This custom built puppet theatre is great for kids (and adults who have the ability to suspend their disbelief :) Each year it hosts an international puppet festival which attracts some excellent international groups. Some of the shows in the festival are definitely not intended for kids.

    In Ireland, Eugene Lambert, the founder of the theatre, was best known for his work on Irish television. In the 60's, 70's and 80's he created one of the best loved Irish childrens TV programme (Wanderly Wagon) and was associated with one of the most irritating (Bosco!) The first was so good that the sins of the second must be forgiven. Both were based on puppets and there is a room in the theatre devoted to the various charactors from Lambert puppet productions. He still performs on occassion at the theatre but much of the work there is now in the nads of his children and grandchildren.

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    Bullock Harbour

    by Ruai Written May 8, 2006

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    Seals are very inquisitive :-)
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    This harbour is around the coast from Dun Laoghaire, near the village of Dalkey. It still has a couple of working fishing boats and you can hire a boat yourself if you want to go fishing. At the moment theres a pod of up to 8 seals who have made the harbour their home. They're big buggers when you see them up close!

    Guarding the harbour is Bullock Castle, a tower house that some have dated back to the 12th century (Dalkey and the area around was an important trading centre in Maedievel times). It was held by the cistercian order, who took a toll from the fishermen who used the landing spot.The current harbour was built in the early 19th century but if you close your eyes maybe you'll hear ghostly monks chanting evensong . . . .

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    Walk Dun Laoghaire Harbour

    by Ruai Updated May 8, 2006

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    End of the west pier
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    Why not, its what all the locals do and is the most popular constitutional in Southern Dublin. The bracing sea air wakes you up if you go in the morning and theres always something to see (good for people watching too!). The East pier is 1.6 km, the west pier slightly longer. If you have a dog with you, the west pier may be better as its still partially grassed and is less busy.

    The harbour itself is now mostly used by pleasure boats but if you are in luck you might see the catamaran ferry come in. This is one of the largest catamarans in the world and was built in Tasmania, Australia. It connects Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead in North Wales. Its very comfortable and does the trip in 99 minutes (apparently - seems a little precise to me :)

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    Take in the market (and the Park)

    by Ruai Written May 7, 2006

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    April in Dun Laoghaire
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    On Sundays theres a very nice produce market in the Peoples Park. It has good bread, cheese and vegtables. Its a bustling scene as the park, while small, is very pretty and attracts a lot of families for their Sunday outing (theres a playground and a cafe). Enjoy buying some nice Italian bread in the market then slipping into the cafe for a bagel :-) Theres usually also a band playing near the market (last time I went it was bossanova)

    The Peoples Park is actually another victorian relic (opened in 1890) but is very well-maintained and at most times of the year has beautiful flower displays.

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    Take a train ride to any of...

    by Kindberg37 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Take a train ride to any of the coastal cities south of Dublin. We chose Dun Laoghaire. There are some shops, but it is pretty small. We did find a park though, and after the hailstorm we got caught in there was a beautiful rainbow that came out. We also went to Tea Time Express, which was right on the water, and had hot chocolate and just watched the ocean. It was so beautiful.

    On the way back to Dublin I hopped off of the train at the stop called Booterstown and went down to the ocean. I wanted to see the water up close, so I walked along for awhile. Well, when I turned back to go catch the train I realized that the tide had risen and there was almost no beach left! I ran as hard as I could back to the steps, and almost didn't make it. But it was well worth it.

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    Monkstown C of I church

    by Ruai Written Sep 5, 2006

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    This is a nice church that is on the coast road from Dublin to Dun Laoghaire. It was built in 1831. Have to admit have just put it in cos I like the crenellations :-)

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