Dalkey Island, Dublin, Co. Dublin
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The literal translation of "Deilginis" is a blend of the Irish for thorn and the old Norse for island. The island is 450m long and 250m wide comprising around 22 acres and located just 300m offshore from Dalkey. The three small islands to the north-east are Lamb Island, Clare Island and Maiden Rock.

The first thing you will notice on the island is the Martello Tower. Fear of an invasion by Napoleon reached panic proportions in Ireland and England in 1804 and was the reason Martello Towers were built, first in Ireland and later in England. Their purpose was to provide towers from which fire could be directed at ships of the hourly expected French invasion fleet. The ruined stone church was built in the 9th/10th century and named after St Begnet who lived in the 6th century. It was altered on the east side when builders used it as living quarters while building the nearby Martello tower and gun battery. An older wooden church was probably here before the present stone one was built. There is also a Cross Slab and Holy Well. A promontory fort was located at the northern end of the island. There is evidence Dalkey Island was inhabited 6,000 years ago and was also used as a Viking base. The historical importance of Dalkey is evident in the town, where you can see three of the seven castles that once stood still remain. The biggest is the massive Archbold’s Tower House on the main street.

The island is only 5 minutes by boat from Coliemore and Bulloch Harbours. You can get a boat ferry from Coliemore Harbour. You can have a picnic on the island (portable BBQ) or camp.

Dalkey Island is also an ideal spot for fishing, with Pollock, Coalfish, Wrasse and Mackerel being caught. Dalkey Island is home to a colony of seals which has greatly expanded in recent years. A herd of goats, originally put there in the early 1800's, live on the island also. Birdwatch Ireland has established a colony of Roseate Terns on Maiden Rock just north of the Island. Common Terns and Arctic Terns are also can be watched.

Attractions nearby

Baily / Bailey Lighthouse, Howth within 10.2 km
Brenanstown (Brennanstown, Glendruid ) Dolmen within 5.3 km
Bullock Castle, Dublin within 2.2 km
Carthy's Castle Ruins within 17.1 km
Christ Church Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Church of Ireland, Dublin within 14.7 km
Clondalkin Round Tower, Dublin within 21.4 km
Corr Castle, Howth within 13.2 km
Custom House, Dublin within 14.1 km
Dalkey Castle and Heritage Center, Dublin within 1.5 km
Devil's Glen Wood, Waterfall, Holiday Village and Racing Yard within 27.9 km
Djouce Mountain within 18.9 km
Drimnagh Castle, Dublin within 17.5 km
Dun Laoghaire Lighthouses within 4.4 km
Dunsoghly Castle within 23.2 km
Fitzpatrick / Killiney Castle Hotel within 1.9 km
Four Courts within 15 km
Grand Canal Plaza, Dublin within 13 km
Great Sugarloaf Mountain within 13.8 km
Hell Fire Club House Ruins, Mount Pelier Hill, Dublin within 16.4 km
Herbert Park, Dublin within 11.7 km
Howth Lighthouse, Dublin within 13.6 km
Johnnie Fox's Pub within 10.5 km
Killruddery House and Gardens within 10.1 km
Kilteel Castle Ruins within 29.7 km
Lough Tay, Wicklow Mountains within 21.8 km
Lusk Round Tower within 28.8 km
Marlay House and Park, Dublin within 12.2 km
Monkstown Parish Church, Church of Ireland, Dublin within 5.1 km
Mount Argus Church, Dublin within 14.6 km
Mount Usher Gardens within 29.3 km
National Botanic Gardens, Dublin within 16.6 km
Newbridge House, Park and Farm within 24.5 km
North Bull Island, Dollymount Strand and National Natural Reserve within 11.4 km
North Wall Quay Lighthouse, Dublin within 12 km
Poolbeg Lighthouse, Dublin within 9 km
Powerscourt House and Gardens within 11.8 km
Powerscourt Waterfall within 16.3 km
Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin within 13.5 km
Samuel Beckett Bridge, Dublin within 13.3 km
St Augustine and St Johns / John's Lane Church within 15 km
St. Anne's Park, Dublin within 12.4 km
St. Doulagh's Church, Church of Ireland within 17.1 km
St. Mary's Abbey, Cistercian, Dublin within 14.9 km
St. Michan's Church, Church of Ireland, Dublin within 15.2 km
Swords Round Tower within 22.7 km
The Pro-Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Roman Catholic within 14.5 km
Threecastles Castle Ruins within 28.6 km
Wonderful Barn within 29.8 km

Sunset lighting...
Martello Tower built in 1804
It is home to a colony of birds
Baily Lighthouse seen in background...
Kish Lighthouse seen in background...
Days like this are a rare thing here
A view from the top...
Enjoying the day...
Mount Mapas Obelisk
Dalkey is a perfect place for a bath...
The Dalkey Island in the evening...
Quiet evening at Dalkey...