Co. Dublin, East

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

June Blakes Garden - Blessington County Wicklow Ireland
June Blakes Garden & Nursery
Blessington, Co. Wicklow
June Blake’s Garden and Nursery is a plantaholic’s dream and the fact that it is just minutes away from her brother Jimi’s garden at Hunting Brook creates a double attraction. June’s three acres of young garden, set out ar ...

Golf

The 6th
Roganstown Golf & Country Club
Swords, Co. Dublin
Course Type: Parkland
Renowned as one of Ireland’s legendary golfers and now one of the world’s most established golf course designers, Christy O’Connor Jnr, has created a masterpiece of skill and tactical design at Roganstown Golf & Country Club ...

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.

What's On

Balbriggan Fish & Farmers Market - Co Dublin
Balbriggan Fish & Farmers Market - 10am-2pm Every Friday

George's Square Balbriggan Co Dublin

Contact:

Michael Grimes Tel: (01) 841 3100 or via email to crea ...

Tourist Attractions

The Old Jameson Distillery - Smithfield Dublin 7 Ireland
The Old Jameson Distillery
Dublin 7, Dublin City
Re-live the story of John Jameson & Son through the history, the atmosphere and above all the taste. Discover the time honoured secret of how three simple ingredients - water, barley & yeast - are transformed into smooth golden spirit tha ...

Wedding Venues

Wedding
Tattersalls Country House
Ratoath, Co. Meath
This wedding venues an elegant country house which is available for exclusive event hire; it is surrounded by a terrace which can be seen from each room through huge windows, and has beautiful gardens There are many lovely stone country churches ...
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