Travel guide to Dun-laoghaire
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Dun Laoghaire, known to the locals as Dunleary, is a seaside town in Ireland, a mere 12 kilometers from the city center of Dublin. It is a major port of entry from Great Britain. Between 1821 and 1921 the town was called Kingstown and dates back to around 1820. It has a population of around 24,000 people and is, on average, just 24m above sea level. The town takes its name from Loegaire mac Neill, a high king of Ireland during the 5th Century. It was originally a sea base from which raids we carried out on Britain and Gaul. There is a ferry that runs between Holyhead in Anglesey, Wales and Dun Laoghaire.
Many of the locals and indeed visitors to Dun Laoghaire try their hand at some of the sports that are popular in the town. Amongst them, sailing is the most popular with no fewer than six yacht clubs in Dun Laoghaire. There is also a 500 berth marina which is the largest of the country. Along with the water sports, golf is a popular past time in the town. It is the second course to exist in Dun Laoghaire as the first was closed in 2007. The new course, slightly out of town, near Enniskerry n Wicklow is a 27-hole championship course with a 5 star clubhouse.
Tourists visit Dun Laoghaire to see the sights too, with many sites around town that are popular with visitors. Amongst these is the Dun Laoghaire Harbour which is known for its two granite piers. The east pier is enjoyed by hikers and was also featured in the movie Michael Collins starring Liam Neeson. To the south of the harbour, youíll find Scotsmanís Bay. What was once an amusement park with many walks, shelters and public baths is now just an abandoned part of history, although the walks and shelters are largely still intact.
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