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The Dalkey Walk

posted Nov 11, 2015, 12:18 PM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated Nov 11, 2015, 12:18 PM ]

Reinhard and Rosemary called out on the Irish-Austrian society.
And they came in numbers from all corners of Ireland and Austria.

Meeting point was Dun Laoghaire Dart station.
Rosemary  was our knowledgable and Failte approved guide who made stops at various spots of natural beauty and  historical interest.  We learned for example that Dun Laoghaire  was also known as Kingstown during Victorian times. A very affluent area not affected by the infamous famine  which devasted large parts of Ireland in mid 19th century.

After this piece  of information we went to Sandymount's 44 steps - an open air swimming pool. Known for its swimmers braving all seasons. Rosemary  among them and very keen to show her favourite bathing place. The name originated from the Scottish Blackwatch regiment who was stationed there during Imperial times. Their German nickname was because of the kilt  :" The ladies from hell" .

Then we visited the Martello tower  which was built to defend Ireland from a possible Napoleonic invasion. Later it was the memorable place where James Joyce spent a few days before having to leave in a hurry. A housemate shot at him and even Joyce realized that  his days there were numbered. In his master piece Ulysses Leopold Bloom ( the protagonist's father moved from then Hungary/Austrian Empire to Ireland)  starts his epic one day Ulysses there, too. Real life and literature became so inseparably intertwined.

After this  short stop we went to Dalkey. Well known for its Irish celebrities ( Bono, Enya, Maeve Binchy, G.B.Shaw and in particular our fellow members of the Irish Austrian society Gerhard and Rosemary). Then we "stormed" in a leisurely pace  the Killiney Hill.  Enjoying on our way  its natural  beauty and a wonderful view over Sorrento Dublin Bay.

Breathtaking were as well the climbers in the Dalkey quarry which is now lying idle. Finally we reached the top and admiring the obelisk built more than 150 years ago. On our way back we were surprisingly and friendly greeted by the natives from Dalkey. But it was naturally not us but the annual lobster festival. These accidents happen.

During our refreshment in a lovely restaurant we were watching a  lobsterman and  a ruthless Irish female pirate Queen coming straight from the Elizabethan age: Grace O'Malley

We bid then a polite farewall and returned to our place of origin the Dalkey Dart Station. Promising to each other to return again. Again a big thank you to the organizers: Rosemay, Gerhard and Reinhard, And the nice participants should not be excluded as well.