Saturday, August 23, 2014

Dún Laoghaire and Greystones, Ireland

South of Dublin is the towns of Dún Laoghaire and Greystones, it's easy to reach these areas along the coast using the DART train from central Dublin.  Never considered this, but hey, might be fun career change.  But I don't think Irish language uses the word 'fancy' very often, that sounds more like British.
 Dún Laoghaire must be Irelands first line defense against England.  Cannons ready.
 There is a long pier that runs out from the mainland at Dún Laoghaire.
 You can walk to the end of the pier and visit the base of a lighthouse.  It takes about 20 minutes or so to walk out to the end of the pier, along the route you can get some ice cream and other snacks.
 This is the tunnel to the lighthouse.  It started to rain as I approached the lighthouse so I took shelter under here with a couple of other people who did not have an umbrella.
 Good place to park a boat.
 This is kind of the understatement of the year.
 A nice quote from Samuel Beckett, I assume he was writing about this area.
 South of Dún Laoghaire is the town of Greystones.
 A DART train departing from Greystones station.  You really need to watch the schedule, only one or  two trains per hour leave from here.
 Greystones is a small beach community too.  There is also a town along the back side of the beach with restaurants and shops.
 You can see the danger in the painting of surfers below, look at that strong sun, those kids better be Sunning Smart.
 Sun Smart!  I think this is a really important sign for local people.
 Another thing I learned during this trip, the body of water between Ireland and the United Kingdom is called the Irish Sea.  I guess it's not that I did not know what the name of this body of water was I just never thought about it before.