Three Reasons to visit…Dún Laoghaire…this weekend

Back in the day of the conqueror (we’re all friends now), this seaside town was known as Kingstown. When the British left it immediately got its old name back. Dún Laoghaire is now a popular seaside town and a great place to spend a couple of hours or even a whole day depending what you’re after. Here are a few reasons to visit.

The Sea

Credit: Flickr / Giuseppe Milo

Dun Laoghaire is right beside the sea. In the winter it can be very cold and windy. In the summer (when it does get hot) it is a welcome relief from the Dublin city centre. Whatever day you choose to visit, you’re always guaranteed a refreshing walk on one of two piers – most people choose the East Pier – or a swim in the forty-foot. You will always find people swimming at this popular spot so don’t be surprised if it is minus a few degrees and people are jumping in in their birthday suit. This is allowed by the way.

Sunday Market

Photo: Patricia Thomas

During the week this recently restored park is a quiet retreat with a great playground (if you’re an au pair) and a nice restaurant. On Sundays it comes alive with a food market. Some of the fare on display can be expensive but it is a warren of colour and enticing odours and is a great place to catch up with friends.

Amazing Art

Photo from Trip Advisor Noel Donnellon

It might not look like much from the outside but once you step inside the Oratory of the Sacred Heart you’ll see a stunning mural that stretches across the entire interior. The oratory was built as a memorial to local Irishmen killed during World War One and was painted by a nun named Sister Concepta Lynch who began painting the walls in 1919. She spent the next sixteen years transforming the oratory into the breathtaking masterpiece it is today.

The Oratory needs to be booked as part of a FREE tour and is open on Wednesdays and Sundays. You can do this here.

Your Language School in Dublin City Centre

City Language School is right in the heart of Dublin City Centre. Dublin is the proud and vibrant capital of Ireland and with its cosmopolitan and modern feel, it has repeatedly been voted Europe’s friendliest city by Trip Advisor. Dublin boasts strong links with literature, music, dance and storytelling. As you walk through the streets of Temple Bar, you can absorb the musical tradition which spills onto the streets from the many bars and restaurants; truly a city of enormous beauty! Dublin is surrounded by breath-taking natural scenery that will leave you with lifelong memories. It is perfectly located on the eastern coastline of Ireland and is a convenient gateway to the rest of Europe.

We are conveniently located in the heart of Dublin on Dame Street, giving you easy access to the whole city of Dublin as well as bus and tram lines for you to get around.

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