When Benjamin Fisher surveyed the island in 1804 with a view to building a Martello tower and battery as part of plans to construct a ‘chain’ of coastal defences from Balbriggan to Bray. The Martello tower and associated gun battery were constructed. In 1804-5, and the ownership of the island passed from the archbishop of Dublin to the Board of Ordnance who maintained the island as a military base throughout the nineteenth century, though cattle grazing rights continued to be
The Forty Foot is a promontory on the southern tip of Dublin Bay at Sandycove, County Dublin, Ireland, from which people have been swimming in the Irish Sea all year round for some 250 years. In former times it was exclusively a gentlemen's bathing place and the gentlemen's swimming club was established to help conserve the area. The gentlemen's swimming club still exists and is open to both genders, it expects voluntary contributions to the upkeep of the area. There is no de
Every year Dublin Port Company organize the RiverFest on the River Liffey. This year it took place on the past bank holiday weekend as usual. While the weather was slightly overcast on the weekend it was a fantastic festival celebrating Dublin's connection to the water. We had a couple of tours up the river this weekend which many on board were very pleasantly surprised to find out we were going to be in the heart of it!
We had a wonderful sunset over Dublin Bay last night as we made out way back to Dun Laoghaire after passing around Dalkey Island. Here are some photos we snapped along the way back. Unfortunately the weather has since taken a turn for the worse and it looks like it will be later next week until be get that wonderful weather again.