Postcards from Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

 

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Dún Laoghaire (pronounced Dun- lee -ry) is a coastal town south of Dublin, familiar to many Irish emigrants who departed these shores for economic betterment of life in England, this writer included. Back then, Dún Laoghaire was the ferry terminal, my sorrowful point of departure from home, but in later years it was also the joyful point of arrival usually for summer holidays. (It still is a bustling Ferry Terminal for passengers crossing the Irish Sea between Ireland and Wales) The other week, I was back there attending the Great War Roadshow lectures and at the end of the day I grabbed a few photos of the venue and immediate surroundings. Hope you enjoy looking at the ‘postcards’!The venue was the Dún Laoghaire and Rathdown County Hall. This beautiful building was originally the Town Hall of the Kingstown Town Commissioners, Kingstown being the name of the town between 1821 and 1920.

Kingstwon Harbour c1895 with the Town Commissioners Building between the two spires. (Image Library of Congress)

Kingstown Harbour c.1895 with the imposing Town Commissioners Building between the two spires. (Image Library of Congress)

The interior of the building proudly connects with its past.

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There are some beautiful features, including the mosaic floor and decorated ceiling.

The stairs are luxuriously wide and elegant, with the original handrail and a large window on the first landing

The plaster work is exquisite. The Janitor pointed out this fascinating detail – it  is a self-portrait of the craftsman who did the plaster work. Unfortunately his name is unknown. This can be spotted by the sharp-eyed when descending the stairs.

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A pair of ornamental iron gates used to separate the adjoining Courthouse from the main Town Hall. These are usually left open nowadays, but are worth inspecting!

Across the road is the Queen Victoria Fountain. Built in 1900 to commemorate the visit of Victoria to Kingstown as it then was, and destroyed in the 1980s, this has been restored in recent times.

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Detail from the fountain

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Birds abound…

The most stunning part of the fountain is the metalwork dome

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Nearby is this lovely Hobby Horse Merry Go Round, reminiscent of days gone by…….

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I enjoyed my flying visit, and hope my next visit will be more leisurely to enjoy all that Dún Laoghaire  has to offer.

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15 responses to “Postcards from Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

  1. Wonderful building, love the ceiling and the staircase and those fabulous gates… then out to the Merry Go Round… darn, I just like the whole post!

    • Thanks Chris – not the best photos ever taken, but it is not often we get inside these places, and we were in a hurry to get on the road back to Cork. Hope to do a more leisurely visit again sometime!
      Thanks for visiting 🙂

  2. One of those places which one usually passes through without stopping to explore. I think it has many tales to tell.

    • Indeed – I only ever wept when going to and from the ferry there..sorrow at the leaving, tears of joy at coming back! Like many places in Ireland now, it is reclaiming its history and has put in a bid I believe to be the National Diaspora Centre – millions of us left from there !

  3. Too often, the dilapidated state of Dun Laoghaire is highlighted when it really has so much of interest in it, particularly as it seems-to my eyes, anyway-to have been so well loved by the British when they ruled here.

    That Town Hall is gorgeous. I love all the details you picked out. Did you get to walk along the harbour too?

    • Hi RH! We were attending the World War 1 Roadshow which ended at 4.30 and I made a quick foray while my fellow traveller was communing with peers– then the rain came! So no,I did not make it to the harbour this time,, although I was there some years ago, fascinated by the incessant klink-klink of the yachts. Is that a Red Hen running on the pier on your blog pic? Thanks for dropping by!

  4. Oh SV, this is such an evocative post. Dun Laoghaire holds huge interest to me as it was my escape place when living in Dublin in the 1970s and 80s. I can’t even begin to imagine how it was to have to depart Ireland from there as an emigrant as opposed to a holidaymaker. The Royal Marine Hotel building is one of many there that I love.

    • The Royal Marine Hotel is looking good. The waterfront looks well worth exploring and it was looking good with lovely buildings, exhibitions and lots of flowers! Congratulations on the nominations to Blog Awards – so well deserved!

      • Thanks SV.
        I thought Dun Laoghaire looked very well when I. was up there last summer. The waterfront was buzzing and the Pier was the same delight as always. Let’s hope it lasts.

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    Congratulations on the nomination of A Silver Voice From Ireland for the 2014 Blog Awards, Angela! Thank you for the delightful introduction to Dun Laoghaire, from the other side of the world. You have been busy!

  6. Every time I see your pictures of Ireland, it makes me wish I could go back. Someday…

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