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    Balscadden Cottage - WB Yeats

    by orlikins Written Sep 2, 2006

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    The Irish poet WB Yeats lived in Balscadden Cottage, on Howth Hill.

    The view of the sea from the cottage is stunning.
    Cliffs are behind the house.

    As it is a private residence, you cannot enter it, but if one is a Yeats aficionado, then you will want to see it whilst in Dublin.

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    Lighthouse

    by orlikins Written Aug 7, 2006

    Well, you couldn't miss this if you tried. It is located at the end of the pier. It is automatically operated.

    From the lighthouse, you have a great view of Howth village, the Summit and across the sea to Lambay Island

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    MALAHIDE HARBOUR

    by hevbell Updated Mar 10, 2005

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    Walk through the town centre and eventually you reach the marina area of Malahide, which like Howth, is full of fancy pleasure craft! Compared to the main streets and their small town feel, the marina area seems a lot more upmarket with new residential developements and ethnic restaurants dotting the seafront.

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    MALAHIDE

    by hevbell Updated Mar 10, 2005

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    In the grounds of Malahide Castle are a couple of other attractions.

    The picture is of a ruined church next to the castle and also close by are the walled gardens which you have to pay extra to get into. They didn't seem to be open when I was there so I assume they have more restricted hours.

    Further away from the castle, but still in the grounds, is Frys Model Railway museum and also a doll/toy museum both of which are signposted.

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    MALAHIDE CASTLE

    by hevbell Updated Mar 10, 2005

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    Probably the most well known place in Malahide is the castle.

    Its within easy walking distance of the DART station, its just a five to ten minute walk through the grounds to the castle entrance.

    You have to take a tour and I was lucky enough to arrive just before one started so I'm not sure how frequent they are. It was interesting to learn the history of the place and the family who own.

    It had been in the Talbot family from 1185 to 1973 except for a short time when it they were evicted by Oliver Cromwell. Its the longest occupation in Ireland by one family which a pretty amazing feat! Its too bad there is only one member of the family still alive and living in Australia!

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    You can buy a joint ticket for Malahide Castle along with one of several other attractions - Fry model Railway which is in the grounds and the Dublin Writers Museum being two examples. If you plan to visit any of the other listed sites its worth getting as its much cheaper than buying seperate tickets.

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    MALAHIDE

    by hevbell Updated Mar 10, 2005

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    The first stop I made was actually in Malahide, best know for its castle. However the town itself is worth a walk around. Its really pretty - all brightly painted buildings and hanging baskets full of colourful flowers. Its has a very small town feel about it, certainly until you reach the marina area, but don't be fooled. It has a seemingly wide range of restaurants - Thai, Japanese etc and even a nail bar by the marina!

    I liked it there though, very pleasant place to walk around!

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    BRAY

    by hevbell Updated Mar 10, 2005

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    After spending most of the day in Malahide and Howth I got back on the DART and headed south back through the city centre and down to the other end of the DART line in Bray on the edge of Co Wicklow. Just the journey down there was well worth it! Once through the centre of Dublin again the DART trains run along near the coast and you get good views up and down the coastline from the trains!

    The town itself is a popular Victorian seaside resort. You can climb Bray Head [in the photo] which should take about an hour to walk from the station. From there you can get great views of the city, up to Howth, Wicklow Head and the Wicklow mountains on a clear day! Well worth doing :)

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  • Seal

    by Mariajoy Written Feb 18, 2005

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    This grey seal was swimming around the rocks by the lighthouse. He hung around for ages looking at people looking at him. He was just being really elusive about being photographed.... now you see him... now you dont!

    He is there!!!

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    Ireland's Eye - get a boat!

    by orlikins Written Jan 24, 2007

    It looks amazing from Howth harbour. When you get there, you will see lots of beautiful seals and wonderful nature - so if you're into photography, you will love this.

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    Like old times

    by Sininen Written Jun 29, 2005

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    I could imagine a daughter from the mansion walking here to a secret meeting with her working class lover...oh young love!

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    Beautiful scenery

    by Sininen Written Jun 29, 2005

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    We sat there and admired the scenery and listened to birds' singing. It was a sunny, but windy day but no rain.

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    IRELANDS EYE

    by hevbell Updated Mar 10, 2005

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    Just 1.6km from the shore at Howth is Irelands Eye which is a bird sanctuary. You can get ferries out to the island from Howth although I didn't have time to do that.

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  • Fishing boats

    by Mariajoy Written Feb 18, 2005

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    We watched local fishermen mending their nets on the quayside. This is a busy and thriving fishing town and there are LOTS of fresh fish shops, a couple of fish restaurants and a chippy.

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  • Howth Lifeboat

    by Mariajoy Written Feb 18, 2005

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    There are times when the sea is treacherous and these guys do a fantastic job saving the lives of others.

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    Interesting rock formations

    by acemj Updated Jun 1, 2003

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    Down by the pier, I noticed these interesting rock formations at Howth. It's a mere taste of what I imagine the west coast of Ireland to look like.

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