Dún Laoghaire

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Dún Laoghaire
Dún Laoghaire
Dún Laoghaire
Dún Laoghaire (Ireland)
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Coordinates 53 ° 18 ′  N , 6 ° 8 ′  W Coordinates: 53 ° 18 ′  N , 6 ° 8 ′  W
Basic data
Country Ireland


county Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown
height 24 m
Residents 24,507 (2011)
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Dún Laoghaire [ duːn ˈɫeːrʲə ] - (English "Dun Liery" spoken) - is an Irish port town with 24 507 inhabitants (2011), which is about 10 km south of Dublin .

The city, which was called Kingstown from 1821 to 1921, is the administrative seat of County Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown . Local attractions include the National Maritime Museum of Ireland , the James Joyce Tower , the harbor promenade on the east pier and the chapel in the Dominican convent The Oratory of the Sacred Heart, painted by Lilly Lynch .

The port of Dún Laoghaire is very important for Ireland's imports and exports. As a ferry port , it has had its day after two centuries since April 2015.

There are twinning arrangements with Brest and Anglesey in Wales.


The place goes back to a Dún , a walled square, which the mythical Irish King Laoghaire, (English King Lear # literary templates and cultural references ), is said to have established in the 5th century. The English name was Dunleary, which phonetically corresponds approximately to the pronunciation of the renamed Irish place name today. King George IV of England renamed Dún Laoghaire Kingstown in honor of his visit in 1821 . It developed into a posh suburb of Dublin. This is where the Ascendancy resided, the English upper class who had the coastal town expanded into an elegant seaside resort with magnificent villas. The Brenanstown Dolmen (also known as the Glendruid or Druid's Altar) is located in a depression not far from Brenanstown Road, in the valley of Glen Druid, about 1.7 km south of Cabinteely

The port of Dún Laoghaire

James Joyce Tower

James Joyce Tower in Dun Laoghaire

The James Joyce Tower in the district of Sandycove is probably the most famous Martello Tower on the Irish coast. Like all other towers of this type, it was built from 1804 onwards based on the model of the Corsican Genoese towers .

The tower was made famous by the writer James Joyce , who stayed here for a week in 1904 with the medical student Oliver St. John Gogarty . Joyce processed the events in the tower in his novel Ulysses and let the day trip of the novel hero Stephen Dedalus begin here. The tower has housed a Joyce Museum since 1962. The Bloomsday is celebrated in several places of the city.

Below the tower is the legendary Forty Foot bathing area with steps carved into the rock that lead into the Irish Sea. Forty Foot was originally designated as a nude bathing place for gentlemen only . However, the nudist requirement is no longer strictly adhered to today.

sons and daughters of the town


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Nicole Quint: Faith, Love, Household Colors, in: Reise-Magazin der Stuttgarter Nachrichten and the Stuttgarter Zeitung, 20./21. April 2019, W13.

Web links

Commons : Dún Laoghaire  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Joyce Tower