Dún Laoghaire lives beside the sea; it’s 8 miles south of Dublin, Ireland’s capital city. Generations have ‘taken the air’ on its East and West Piers ever since the Harbour was constructed in the early 19th century. It’s one of the finest, largest man-made harbours in the world. (You can walk or bike along ‘The Metals’ to Dalkey on a route constructed to move quarried granite from there to Dún Laoghaire).
Up past the Town Hall and Pavilion Theatre, lies the town itself. At first glance it looks a contemporary place, but look up and you will see the red-brick shop frontages from the Victorian era. Close at hand is the Mariner’s Church, dating from 1837, one of only two of its kind in the world.
And when the sun sets over the West Pier, illuminating your surroundings in its golden glow, Dún Laoghaire has even more to offer.
Stroll towards Sandycove where the brave swim all the year round in the famous Forty Foot – and where Joyce’s Tower looks out over the ‘snot-green sea’.
It is almost obligatory to buy an ice-cream.
If you want to stretch your horizons, centre-city Dublin is 20 minutes away by DART; while the villages of Glasthule, Dalkey and Monkstown are close-by.