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County Dublin

Dublin County is divided into the three administrative “sub-counties” of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown to the southeast, South Dublin to the southwest, and the large territory of Fingal to the north. However, although these regions are among the most populous and economically active in all Ireland, the notion of Greater Dublin being in four administrative parts is only slowly taking root - for instance, all postal addresses still either have a Dublin city numbered code, or else they’re simply County Dublin.

Inevitably, it is in the countryside and towns in the Greater Dublin Region that some of the pressures of the success of the Irish economy are most evident. But although Dubliners of town and county alike will happily accept that they're part of a thrusting modern city, equally they'll cheerfully adhere to the old Irish saying that when God made time, He made a lot of it. Those with long family associations with the county certainly have this approach. But as the region has also experienced the greatest population changes in recent years, it has its own multinational dynamism.  

The traditionally relaxed approach is good news for the visitor, for it means that if you feel that the frenetic pace of Dublin city is just a mite overpowering, you will very quickly find that nearby, in what used to be - and for many folk still is - County Dublin, there continue to be oases of a much more easy-going way of life waiting to be discovered.

Admittedly, the fact that the handsome Dublin Mountains overlook the city in spectacular style means that, even up in the nearby hills, you can be well aware of the city's buzz. But if you want to find a vigorous contrast between modern style and classical elegance, you can find it in an unusual form at Dun Laoghaire's remarkable harbour, where one of the world's most modern ferryports is in interesting synergy with one of the world's largest Victorian artificial harbours.

A showcase marina within the haven, expensively built so that its style matches the harbour's classic elegance, has steadily developed, while the harbour area of Dun Laoghaire town beside it continues to be improve in quality and vitality.

Northward beyond the city into Fingal, despite the proximity of the airport you'll quickly discover an away from-it-all sort of place of estuary towns, extensive farming, pleasant parkland, fishing and sailing ports, and offshore islands alive with seabirds. The large island of Lambay – a nature reserve – has Ireland and the world’s newest gannetry, an offshoot of the previous global front-runner, the gannetry  on the stack rock at Ireland’s Eye eight kilometres to the south. This was established (almost within city limits, another world first) back in 1989, and served as a reminder that the gannet is not a seagull – it’s a pelican.

Fingal is an easygoing environment of leisurely pace in which it's thought very bad form to hasten over meals in restaurants where portion control is either unknown, or merely in its infancy.  It’s interesting to note that connoisseurs of this intriguing region reckon that one of its long established features, the Dublin-Belfast mainline railway first used in 1838, effectively creates a “land island” on the Donabate-Portrane peninsula, as there are only two road crossings into this sandy territory with its four golf courses. Add in the legendary Portmarnock links just across the estuary, and this is golfing heaven.



Local Attractions and Information

Balbriggan/Skerries Ardgillan Castle +353 (0)1 849 2212

Blackrock Deepwell House & Gardens +353 (0)1 288 7407

Donabate Newbridge House, Park & Traditional Farm +353 (0)1 843 6534

Dun Laoghaire Farm Market
(Harbour Plaza, Thurs 10.30am-4pm) +353 (0)87 611 5016

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Office (24 hours) +353 (0)1 280 1130

Dun Laoghaire National Maritime Museum, Haigh Terrace +353 (0)1 280 0969

Dun Laoghaire Tourist Information+353 (0)1 280 6984 /5 /6

Howth National Transport Museum, Howth Castle +353 (0)1 832 0427

Leopardstown Racecourse +353 (0)1 289 3607

Leopardstown Farm Market Fri 11am-7pm +353 (0)87 611 5016

Lucan Primrose Hill Garden (house attrib. James Gandon) +353 (0)1 628 0373

Malahide Malahide Castle & Demesne +353 (0)1 846 2184

Malahide Fry Model Railway (Malahide Castle) +353 (0)1 846 3779

Malahide Talbot Botanic Gardens (Malahide Castle) +353 (0)1 872 7530

Naul (Fingal) Seamus Ennis Centre (Traditional Music) +353 (0)1 802 0898

Rathfarnham Marlay Demesne gardens +353 (0)1 493 7372

Sandycove James Joyce Museum (Martello Tower) +353 (0)1 280 9265

Sandyford Fernhill Gardens (Himalayan species) +353 (0)1 295 6000

Skerries Mills - Working Windmills, Craft and Visitor Centre +353 (0)1 849 5208

Tallaght Community Arts Centre, Old Blessington Rd +353 (0)1 462 1501

Gardens

Grasse Cottage Garden - Dun Laoghaire County Dublin IReland
Grasse Cottage
Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Dick Mallet’s garden, created over 48 years, proves the point that passionate plants people have happy gardens. Appearing much bigger than half an acre, thanks to cleverly hidden boundaries and mysterious paths winding between a splendid co ...
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Golf

Portmarnock Golf Clubhouse
Portmarnock Golf Club
Portmarnock, Co. Dublin
Course Type: Links
On Christmas Eve of 1893 a Scottish Insurance broker named W.C. Pickeman and his friend George Ross rowed over from Sutton to the peninsula of Portmarnock to scout out the land as a p ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
The Cottage
A 200 year old cottage on a farm high in the Dublin Mountains, with dramatic views over the city and bay, beautifully restored to provide a relaxing alternative to big city bustle.
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Tourist Attractions

Malahide Castle - Malahide County Dublin Ireland
Malahide Castle
Malahide, Co. Dublin
Malahide Castle, set on 250 acres of park land in the pretty seaside town of Malahide, was both a fortress and a private home for nearly 800 years and is an interesting mix of architectural styles. There is a castle tour, numerous parkland wa ...
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Wedding Venues

Beaufield Mews Restaurant - Stillorgan Dublin Ireland
Beaufields Mews Restaurant & Gardens
Stillorgan, Co. Dublin
Dublin’s oldest restaurant is located in a characterful 18th century coach house and stables - and, as the name implies, it is surrounded by beautiful mature gardens, which are lit up by night. It is in a built-up area and near a busy r ...
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  • Beaufield Mews - A Night With Vladimir

    Friday 13th February 2015. Vladimir has established himself one of the best young musical talents currently playing in Ireland. This will be the second time that Vladimir has played in The Beaufield Mews. His last sell-out night in The Beaufield Mews was a huge success and what better weekend, than Valentine’s weekend to have him back for a mix of classic romantic music along with some of his very well-known pieces.

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