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GUIDED HISTORIC WALK – Dún Laoghaire Bay- The oldest part of Dún Laoghaire

Friday, 22nd September

Doors Open at 7:00pm

Please arrive at 7 pm – At The Purty Kitchen (This event is Free of Charge!)

Items described along the way (90 minutes walk)

• The original Dunleary Bay with river (river now in culvert, some of the outlines of the bay can still be seen)
• The Dún monument to the original fort – the Dún of Dún Laoghaire. (How many people could point out that monument? Could you?)
• The original village and coffee house as visited by Dean Swift, Captain Bligh and many others – various old maps will be shown
• The 1767 harbour wall (Still in use)
• The first proposed Dublin-Dunleary Ship Canal 1805
• The Dunleary Martello Tower of c1806 (Demolished about 1830)
• The metals railroad of 1821 (removed about 1830) and the construction of the West Pier
• The second proposed Dublin-Kingstown Ship Canal 1830
• The original Kingstown railway station of 1834, and the re-laid railway of 1837 (station demolished, railway in use with many modifications)
• The coastguard station (still in place)
• Pigs Bank and other poverty-stricken Victorian locations.
• Demolition of Tullys Row c1855 (was 100 yards west of Purty Kitchen)
• The Kingstown Gasworks (built about 1860, demolished before 1930)
• Construction of the road from Battery Bridge to The Purty Kitchen c1880 – most people think it was always there!
• Cockburns Livery stables and funeral requisites 1891
• Albright & Wilson Ibex Works (chemicals and detergents). Built 1935, Demolished about 1970s
• Wallaces Coal Yard
• The Top Hat Ballroom (and later roller disco). Closed 1990s?
• Modifications required for the electrification of the Dart 1981-2
• The Dun Laoghaire Dandelion Markets c1970s


Tour Guide Bio:

Tom Conlon has lectured and written on all aspects of Dun Laoghaire history. He is a director of the Genealogical Society of Ireland and a member of the committee of the Dún Laoghaire Borough Historical Society. His book, “Victorian Dún Laoghaire – a town divided” deals with the social consequences in a town riven by differences in economic wealth and poverty, political, religious and other divisions.