There is nothing like a good walk and a blast of sea air to awaken the senses. When the weather is good, 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 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 many others around the country to keep them!
I love this area. I grew up in Sandymount and my parents owned The Vintage Inn pub in Irishtown that is now run by my sister, Kathy. I might be biased but it’s the perfect 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.