DUN LAOGHAIRE FOR VISITORS
Welcome to the Dún Laoghaire Homepage. Dún Laoghaire is a town on the coast about 7 miles (11km) south of Dublin. Together with the splendid harbour and surrounding rolling hills, Dún Laoghaire is the ideal place to begin or end your journey through Ireland. It was once called Kingstown and before that the English called it Dunleary. Some people spell it without a space between the two words, Dunlaoghaire or even Dun Laoire, but we all know the way to spell it is Dun Laoghaire. Come in and have a look around.
With a very successful Dún Laoghaire 1500th, Monkstown's 1200th and the opening of Dalkey's fine Heritage Centre marking 1998, the coastal strip must have an effective body to promote its Towns, Villages and district as a single "resort area". Rising to this challenge, the business and voluntary sectors have come together to establish a new company "Dublin's Riviera" to oversee the various events and festivals throughout the year. This new venture will ensure that the area from Booterstown Marsh to the estuary of the Shangannagh River will take its rightful place as "Dublin's Riviera" attracting business and visitors to the towns of Dún Laoghaire, Blackrock and Dalkey and to our magnificent Harbour, coastline, parks and marine facilities.
Dún Laoghaire gets it's name from the Irish Translation, Fort (Dún) of Laoghaire. King Laoghaire was the ancient High King of Ireland before the Vikings arrived. When the English came they renamed the town Dunlary (Dunleary) to suit the English tongue. In 1821 it was renamed Kingstown by King George IV of England to honour his visit to the town that year. It remained Kingstown through Victorian times until in 1921, one year before independence, the town council voted to change the name back to the ancient Irish name Dún Laoghaire. The person most responsible for this was the Irish Martyr John Moran who was commemorated with the naming of Moran Park.
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