Lost to Time and Tide

There were no constructed harbours in this part of Dublin Bay before the early 1800’s. Boats, small ones that is, landed on shale and sandy ground in front of where the wonderful little harbour of Sandycove is now situated. Similarly at Bullock, there was no constructed harbour but there had always been a natural rock […]

The Boyd Disaster

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THE BOYD DISASTER. by Cormac F. Lowth cormaclowth@utvinternet.com   And such the trust that still were mine, Though stormy winds swept o’er the brine, Or through the tempest’s fiery breath, Raise me from sleep to wreck and death. Emma Hart Willard, Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep. February 1861 will be remembered not only […]

Lifeboats in DúnLaoghaire

There have been lifeboats in Dublin Bay for more than 200 years. This is one of the oldest services in existence. The first lifeboat was located at Sandycove and run by the Dublin Ballast Board. In 1817 a lifeboat was located in Old Dunleary, before the present harbour was built. In 1861 the RNLI took […]

DunLaoghaire Harbour

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In November 1807 two ships, the Rochdale and Prince of Wales set sail from Pigeonhouse harbour in Dublin, bound for England. They were carrying newly recruited militia for the Napoleonic War, and their families. But bad fortune struck and an easterly gale forced the two ships onto rocks between Blackrock and Seapoint. They were wrecked […]

LOP 6 Howth Head

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LOP 6 Howth Head The Coastwatching Service in Howth, Co. Dublin: LOP 6, the Summit, Howth Michael Kennedy (difp at iol.ie)   [paper delivered to the Howth Historical Society, February 2009]  I: Introduction May I begin by thanking you for the invitation to address the society this evening, as it is always a pleasure to […]