Malahide Things to Do

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    Go For A Beer #2 Smyth's

    by johngayton Updated Jul 9, 2009

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    Like Duffy's, Smyth's comprises two separate bars - the public bar and the lounge, although these have a common entrance. I don't know anything about the lounge except that it is on the right! Joe and Ellen had already spent the previous evening reconoitering and so we headed straight for the public bar.

    This was the "jewel in the crown" as far as my personal taste in bars goes - cracking bar! Ellen and Joe, having been in the night before, were received like long-lost returning siblings by a couple of the regulars and even I, who had never previously set foot in the town (far less the pub) was greeted by name and warm handshakes - Ellen and Joe having told them I was due to visit.

    Yep this was definitely the place for The Craic as we shot the bull with the mad Irishmen, Billy and Finn, talking travel and pubs, travel and beer ( and knocking back a few of them as well - thirsty work shooting the bull!!).

    The public bar was exactly what a public bar should be - nothing fancy just good company and great craic!

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    Go For A Beer #3 - Duffy's

    by johngayton Updated Mar 15, 2009

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    Duffy's on Main Street certainly stands out from the row of shops in which it is located with its bright red bar frontage (I was going to say pillar box red but then I remembered that the Irish post boxes are in fact green) and its cobalt-blue lounge exterior.

    This is a slightly glammed-up Victorian type pub with separate bar and lounge areas. Friendly locals and staff and a relaxed slightly gentrified ambience - well at least it was on a quiet Monday, early evening. Not a bad boozer!

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    Go For A Beer #1 - Gibney's

    by johngayton Updated Mar 15, 2009

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    Gibney's, with its seven separate bar and lounge areas, is a rambling ramshackle of a pub. Each of the seven areas has its own characteristic: the Bar is just that - a bar area for a quiet beer or just to shoot the bull; the Front Lounge is at the front, strangely enough, and is ideal for sitting around the real fire; the Back Kitchen is a tucked away little room for those who want to enjoy the pub but with a little peace and quiet; the Well Room is so-called because its main feature is a well (again strangely enough) and is where most of the pub's entertainment takes place; the Wine Room is set up like a wine bar but you can have your beer there if you want; the Sports Bar has the usual big tellies and is also used as a live music venue and last, but not least, there is a sheltered beer garden caled the Yard for those open air enthusiasts (ie - smokers!).

    I've only been here for a couple of afternoon beers and service has been friendly enough, although I found the pub to be a little too big for my personal tastes. Worth a visit tho!

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    Walking Through The Castle Parklands.

    by Mikebb Written Mar 8, 2009

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    Pathway To Castle, Trees Everywhere
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    Our walk to Malahide Castle took approximately 20 minutes from the village centre. We passed through an assortment of playing fields, including Rugby and Cricket and most likely the adjacent fields used for football.

    The pathway was lined with large trees, then onto open parkland, childrens' playgrounds, botanical gardens, the toy railway museum and several other attractions. We were there on a sunny August afternoon, ideal for walking.

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    Church Ruins & Graveyard Behind Castle

    by Mikebb Written Mar 8, 2009

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    After taking photos of Malahide Castle we walked to the rear and found the ruins of a church. There was also an old graveyard with tombstones. We took a few photos but had no interest in checking out the gravestones which a fellow tourist said dated back centuries.

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    The Globe On The Velvet Coast

    by Mikebb Updated Mar 7, 2009

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    The Globe

    The Malahide-Portmarnock Road follows the Velvet Coast which has plenty of places to park the car and enjoy the sand and water. We stayed on the grass and enjoyed the view.

    We came to the large Globe which stands out on the flat grass. Many people have their photo taken beside it , but we just chose to photo as a memory of our visit.

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    Colourful Homes & Apartments - Tidy Village

    by Mikebb Written Mar 6, 2009

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    This is a very beautiful village with great community pride, wonderful attractions, brilliant scenery including seascape , parklands and gardens. When we visited in late August the weather was warm and calm.

    Only 10 minutes from Dublin Airport it is an ideal place for an overnight stay for that early morning flight and avoid the Dublin traffic.

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    Velvet Strand - Where Flight History Was Made

    by Mikebb Updated Mar 6, 2009

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    Velvet Strand Beach & Notice.
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    About a 3 minute drive from the village on the road to Portmarnock you will arrive at a nice beach, however this beachland has a place in history.

    It was from here on June 24th, 1930 that the Southern Cross, piloted by the great Australian aviator Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith with Irishman Captain Paddy Saul as navigator, flew to Newfoundland, Canada, on what was the second ever airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean from east to west.

    Besides the history this is a very nice beach, but a little cold for us to go swimming as we are used to much warmed waters.

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    Church Spire Towers Over The Town

    by Mikebb Updated Mar 6, 2009

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    Church Spire Towers Over Landscape

    Towering over the village is the beautiful church spire, a focal point of the village and a good signpost for any tourists who may have lost their way.

    The Web Page link below will take you to the Malahide Historical Society page where there is some very interesting information.

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    New Street, Restaurants, Shops & Flowering Pots

    by Mikebb Updated Mar 6, 2009

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    New Street, A Charming Street In Flower
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    Malahide has won the Tidy Town Competion and as you walk through the streets you can see why they were winners. Everything is neat and colourful. Clean roads, pots in flower hanging from buildings , green parks everywhere and clean footpaths.

    A joy to walk the streets and enjoy the history of the town. New street is where we had dinner and then walked down to the marina.

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    Malahide Castle - Home Of The Talbots

    by Mikebb Updated Mar 5, 2009

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    Malahide Castle Set In Extensive Parklands
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    We visited this castle late afternoon arriving a little after 5pm to see it had just closed for the day.

    Set in extensive parklands this land was taken by the Normans and in the year 1174 they installed Sir Richard Talbot as Lord of Malahide Estate. The dynasty lasted 8 centuries up to the death of Lord Milo Talbot in 1973.

    Malahide Castle and demesne is now under the care of Dublin County Council.

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    The Marina

    by sandydeines Written Jan 12, 2009

    This place is sailing paradise with a great marina and people from all around the globe staying there. Most of the sailing boats take part in the regattas and a lot of posh and rich people keep their boats in Malahide, because it is easily accesible from Dublin. The marina has its specific ambience which I just loved.

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    The Beach

    by sandydeines Written Jan 12, 2009

    Malahide has one of the nicest and cleanes beaches in Dublin area, it changes every step you take. First sand, then rock to sand again. And the tides are simply amazing! There are a lots of mussels to be found and I had great fun to collect them, they are still in my house you know!

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    Tara's Palace

    by sandydeines Written Jan 12, 2009

    This place is awesome! The biggest and funest doll house on the planet. Me being a girl loved it and so will your daughters (and their moms). The history of doll making, children toys and whatever else. The expositions are beautiful, I'd love to own some. Great fun.

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    Malahide Castle

    by sandydeines Written Jan 12, 2009

    Malahide Castle was owned by the Talbot family but sold tu Malahide Town quite recently (because the family was in too much debt), it is a nice place to visit when touring Ireland and definately better than the Dublin castle (castle, huh?). Anyways, You can tour the inside, if you like antique furniture and listening to stories from the past or you can stay outside. The castle is as beautifull from there!

    All tours are guided and there is a shop inside.

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