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Sandymount is a coastal village lying in Dublin’s southern suburbs. Steeped in literary fame, the pretty area was the inspiration for Irish writer James Joyce and is also the birthplace of W.B. Yeats. Nobel Prize Winner Seamus Heaney also lived here for some of his life.
Only 3 kilometres from Dublin’s City Centre, the village has long been a popular place for commuters and city dwellers to retreat to, and those looking to see a different part of Dublin. Sandymount can be easily accessed by foot, bicycle or aboard the DART from Dublin.
Sandymount is mainly residential, with a variety of hotels in the area for those wanting to enjoy a longer stay in the village. Hotels cater to most budgets and some are even housed in beautiful historic buildings.
Sandymount Village is a great place to explore, with its quaint surroundings and the refreshing sea air from Sandymount Strand.
In the centre of the village is Sandymount Green park, a small green square surrounded by restaurants, shops and places to eat or drink. During the summer, a series of food and music festivals and events take place in the park so do keep an eye out for these. And at Christmas, there is, of course, the inaugural lighting of the Christmas tree.
A walk along Sandymount’s promenade will take you to Martello Tower, a historic tower constructed in 1804 to defend against Napoleon and his army. Close by is also Sandymount Strand, where beautiful walks along the water can be enjoyed.
In the area is also Irishtown Nature Reserve, a beautiful man-made green space situated between Sandymount and Irishtown. The nature reserve has several walking and running trails along the Poolbeg Peninsula, providing a very welcome escape for city slickers.
Sandymount has a variety of restaurants catering to most budgets and tastes. Options range from gastropubs to delis, Italian to Indian cuisine. There are also several pubs where locals can be found gathering at the weekend. In some pubs live music can also be enjoyed.