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Dalkey Island, Dalkey
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Dalkey Island is an uninhabited island about 16 km south of Dublin, near the village of Dalkey, 3 km south of Dún Laoghaire harbour. Its name is a meld of the Irish deilg and the Old Norse ey .Location, situation and accessAlthough the island is currently uninhabited, the remains of houses, a church and the Martello Tower still exist. Located less than 300 metres off the mainland, the island comprises 9 hectares (22 acres). From Bulloch Harbour, it is possible to visit the island.HistoryDalkey Island, only 5 minutes by boat from Coliemore and Bulloch Harbours, is an important site of ancient and historic remains. Artefacts from the island, now housed in the National Museum in Dublin, provide evidence that the island's original occupants were from the Mesolithic, or Middle Stone Age. Humans continued to use the site through the Iron Age and Early Christian period.There is evidence it was inhabited in the 4th millennium BC (6,000 years ago) and was also used as a Viking base. There are ruins of another church, dating from the 7th century, named after St Begnet. This was altered on the east side when builders used it as living quarters while building the nearby Martello tower and gun battery in 1804. An older wooden church was probably here before the present stone one was built.
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  • This small town near Dublin approximately 30 minutes by train is tiny but very beautiful, the city center is pretty much has the Flinnigans Pub, beautiful houses and a church. And is it possible to make an ascent, and wall for climbing, a walk where the panorama is even more beautiful and can see the sea in this city the Bono has his home. I was fortunate to see playing in Esquilino trees is a quiet town familiar to the train station in the center of town tiny town even train object is super affordable!
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  • We went there by boat. Thanks to Ken, the Ferryman all went smoothly. Loads of rabbits, wild birds and goats. It is a nice spot for a picnic, no shelter from the Rain though. So I would only reccommen...  more »
  • It took the case, in the form of a leaflet found in Connolly station in Dublin while we were about to take the train to Howth to discover this charming resort located a half hour DART from Dublin. And we certainly regret this randomness, because the town, typically from a recreation area, has a beautiful view of the island, with the remains of an ancient Church and a martello Tower, a lovely place to walk along the coast and a lovely Centre with a small castle turned into animation Center and another placed nearly opposite, brightly painted houses and welcoming locals including an organic coffee-vegetarian. The whole thing is very relaxing and worth a couple of hours at least.
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