There is nothing like a good, long walk and a blast of sea air to awaken the senses. I like to walk the Irishtown Nature Park trail towards Great South Wall and out to the Poolbeg lighthouse. A good three-hour brisk walk there and back that is sure to work up a healthy appetite!
The nature park is located between Irishtown and Sandymount Strand and offers several kilometres of walking trails around the Poolbeg Peninsula. It also gives you a chance to get up close to the Poolbeg Chimneys, one of Dublin’s most famous landmarks and tallest structures in Ireland. Built in the 1960s and 70s, the iconic red and white chimneys measure 207 meters and were once part of the old Poolbeg ESB generation station but have been out of operation since 2010. Considered for demolition, the two chimney stacks were saved in 2015 following an outcry from Dubliners and others around the country to keep them!
Passing by the Chimneys, it is a short walk to the smaller car park at the start of the South Wall, which is one of the longest sea walls in Europe. As you walk along the wide path with the sea is on either side of you, the beautiful red lighthouse stands out from afar. Sometimes a ferry, a cargo ship or a cruise ship can be seen arriving into or leaving the Port. The views are lovely and on a clear day you can see across Dublin Bay as far as Howth head and Killiney.
I love this area. I grew up in Sandymount, spending good times in Irishtown working in my parents’ pub, The Vintage Inn, which my sister now runs. I might be biased but it is a great place to go for some hearty grub after this walk!
Irishtown boasts a rich history and heritage with a close-knit and welcoming community and will always hold a special place in my heart.