Dublin – North County

These are some of the most significant landmarks, buildings and monuments in North County Dublin.
Howth, Skerries, Donabate, Clontarf, Malahide, Swords…

Vikings, The Stack, a parish church and thousands of birds

Ireland's Eye lies off the coast north of Howth Harbour in north co. Dublin. In pre-Christian times it was called Eria's Island and the Vikings substituted the word Island with Ey (their Norse equivalent) and [...]

The village well, 14,000 gallons of water and 5 generations of the same family

Gibney's Pub in Malahide Village. co. Dublin was established in 1890. The pub was previously known as The Abercorn Tavern until 1937 when James Joseph Gibney bought it for £2500. It has remained in the [...]

The last original wooden roof of a castle to survive in Ireland

 Dunsoghly Castle, St Margarets, County Dublin     15th century Dunsoglhy Castle is located on private land at the very end of the runway of Dublin Airport. It is one of the few 15th century fortified tower [...]

The last lighthouse in Ireland to go automatic, Shipwrecks & The battle of Clontarf

The Baily Lighthouse as built in 1814 on a rocky promontory on Howth over looking Dublin Bay. It was at this location that the Norse Vikings fled to regroup after the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 [...]

A Martello Lighthouse ,The Asgard and the 4th President of Ireland

Howth Harbour Lighthouse, built in 1817, is located at the end of Howth Harbour. The building, was also used for defensive purposes as the strong circular wall defends a gun position. The lighthouse keeper’s residence [...]

A vintage radio museum & Napoleon

This is Howth Martello Tower located in Howth. north co.Dublin. It was built in 1805 and is strategically positioned overlooking Howth Harbour and out beyond to Ireland's Eye. The fear of an invasion by Napoleon [...]

900 years of history, Thin Lizzy & Dana

This is the beautiful gatehouse for Clontarf Castle which along with the castle were totally remodeled in the 1830's. The original castle was built by the Norman, Hugh de Lacy, in 1172 near the site [...]

St Columba, Brian Boru and a crumbling round tower

This c.10th round tower and c.14th belfrey are located in the town of Swords in north co.Dublin. The tower stands 26 m high and is instantly recognizable from it's crumbling windows and collapsed cap. It [...]

One of 39 Martellos still standing & views out to Lambay Island

This is tower no.6 Balcarrick located on Portrane Beach in north co.Dublin. It was built in 1804 to thwart any plans Napoleon had to invade these islands. In 1803 an Act of Parliament to make [...]

An Arch-Bishop’s luxury pad, An orchard and The Tudors

Swords Castle is located in the town of Swords in north county Dublin and dates from 1190 a.d. In 1181 John Comyn succeeded Laurence O'Toole as the 1st Anglo-Norman Archbishop of Dublin and it appears [...]

The Roundtower built for love – but is it an original ?

Portrane Round Tower is located in Portrane in north co.Dublin. Many of the Round Towers in the Fingal region date back to the Viking era with the likes of Lusk and St Columba’s tower in [...]

Super rich historic Island off north county Dublin

Lambay lies 4km off the north County Dublin coast and is the eastern most point of Ireland. In the Neolithic period it was used as a production site for axes from the quarrying stage right through [...]

A perfect example of an early Georgian mansion with original interiors & a working farm

Newbridge House is located in Donabate in north county Dublin. It is considered a perfect example of an early Irish Georgian mansion. It was built in 1736 for the Archbishop Charles Cobb and designed by [...]

Famous diaries, Completely original interiors & Spectacular sea views

Ardgillan Castle is located in a beautiful setting overlooking the town of Skerries in north county Dublin. It has spectacular views out to the Irish Sea and up to the Mourne Mountains in co. Down. [...]

Howth, King Sitric & An abbey with a view

St Mary's Abbey is located in Howth in north county Dublin. Howth has strong Viking connections and it's name is derived from the old Norse name for 'Head'. King Sitric, the Norse Viking King of [...]

A bomb & torpedo proof family home with a great view!

This Martello tower was built in 1805 as part of the British strategy in Ireland to prevent a  French invasion. The Martello tower design was copied by the British from a tower in Sicily and [...]

Occupied by the same family for 800 years, Grainne O’Malley & St Lawrence

Howth Castle in north county Dublin has been the private residence of the Gaisford - St Lawrence family for over 800 years since 1177. It has its origins in medieval times when Almeric, the first [...]

Ireland’s only stand alone baptistry & The oldest stone roofed church still in use today

St Dowlagh's Church, Balgriffin. County Dublin    12th century St Dowlagh’s Church is the oldest stone roofed church (that is still in use today) and in the grounds is the only ‘standalone baptistery’ in the country. [...]

Nuns, The Knights Templar & Cromwell wrecking the place (yet again!)

Baldongan Church & Castle are located between the towns of Lusk & Skerries in north county Dublin. This national monument was once the site of an ancient fort. This was followed by a church built [...]

The longest continuously inhabited castle in Ireland by the same family – 800 years!

This castle was built as a large fortress in 1185 by Sir Richard Talbot, a knight who accompanied King Henry II to Ireland. It was was occupied by the Talbot family between 1185 until 1973 making it the longest continuosly inhabited castle in Ireland by the same family. On the morning of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, 14 members of the family sat and had breakfast together for the last time as none of them returned. It was considerably enlarged during the reign of Edward IV around 1470 and the towers were added in 1765. Dublin County Council bought the property and the 265 acres in 1975 giving public access to one of the finest period interiors and beautiful botanical gardens.

Napoleon, St Patrick’s landing point & Rocky islands

This is one of 2 Martello Towers in Skerries. This area has extensive views up north to the Mourne Mountains and down south as far as Howth and so therefore is a perfect vantage point [...]

Great sea views, Grinding oats & 500 years of renewable energy

The Skerries Windmills, Skerries. County Dublin          1750 Skerries means ‘the Rocks’ in Gaelic and is reputed to be the place where St Patrick landed in Ireland. The location of these windmills was once the site [...]

Over 1000 years of architecture in one building, Medieval tombs & An interesting heritage centre

  St Macculin's Church, Lusk. County Dublin    9th – 19th centuries St Macculin’s Church is an interesting building comprising of a 9th century round tower, a 15th century defensive tower and a 19th century church. [...]

Secret tunnels, a zodiac room & one of the finest Neoclassical buildings in Europe

Casino Marino, Malahide Road. Dublin City          1775 This interesting building is regarded as one of the finest neoclassical buildings in Europe and is also one of the most surprising. It was designed by Sir William [...]

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