The name Dun Laoghaire means roughly, "Fort Laoghaire." Laoghaire was the name of a fifth century Irish King. The King chose that location as a naval port from which to launch naval attacks and as a primary defense port. Today, the village serves a busy harbor and seaside resort community.
On one of our first weekends living here, Sara recommended we visit the sea at the scenic point, so we packed a lunch, found our nearest DART station and headed South.
|Carnival's in Town!|
When we arrived at the train station, we departed to find a cloudy (but dry) sky, salty sea air, and a weekend carnival set up on the harbor.
We skipped the carnival, but there was quite a celebration going on for a weekend sailboat regatta. Dun Laoghaire has a large and famous sailboat harbor. This weekend, all the sweater-vested, pipe-smoking, white-pantsed sailors were out enjoying their success on the Bay. It was a beautiful day for it, so we couldn't blame them.
|Sailboats Being Pulled Out|
|A View Inland|
|Leaving the Harbor|
On the end of the pier and on the seaward side, we got a good look out across Dublin Bay. In the distance we could see the rise of Howth (rhymes with growth) on the far north side of Dublin.
The mackerel were in season and running along the Irish Sea. These fish migrate to the Northern Atlantic in the summer months to feed before leaving for warmer Southern waters in winter. Anglers fishing for "macks" use double-rigged feather lures, fished in the surf with large, stout rods. Several anglers were trying their luck on the seaward side of the pier on this particular festive weekend.
|Making a Cast|
|Pod of Sailboats|
|Red Lighthouse with the Irish Flag|
|A look at the carnival and the village. The church steeple rises on the right.|
|Lunch on the Rocks|