Posted by: marthabernie | October 29, 2014

KINGSTOWN (Dun Laoghaire), County Dublin, Ireland

Kingstown, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, early Irish photographyThis is an image of what was then called Kingstown, County Dublin, Ireland, taken somewhere between 1890 and 1910.  The ship terminal on the right is where the ferry from Holyhead, Wales arrived in Dublin.  After Ireland became an independent nation, Kingstown became Dun Laoghaire.

Today the terminal is new and sleek and the ships are more modern, of course, but there is still heavy use of this ferry route between Ireland and the U.K.  The building at the back left is the old railway station.  Today it is a restaurant that overlooks this part of Dublin Bay, and the DART station is a little to the left of the image, still along the shoreline.  The park in front is the area in front of the Royal Marine HOtel and I believe there is now the new library to the right of the image.  People’s Park, where Sunday markets are now held each week is further south along the coast.

The image below is the same view taken in the 1960’s.  Trees and a new building are hiding the railway station building, and the garden and greenhouse in the middle right of the older image are gone.  I have been looking for a photo of the same view taken after 2000 just to compare with these two, but so far have not found one.

Dun Laoghaire, Kingstown, Ireland, Peoples Park, County Dublin


  1. Lovely picture at the top of page – the piers and harbor of Kingstown (Now Dún Laoghaire, Ireland but I’m afraid the text is a little incorrect. The view is of the gardens of the Royal Marine Hotel, which in Victorian times were sometimes called Gresham Gardens – it is not the Peoples Park, which is 3 blocks away. Also, the railway station (now Hartleys Restaurant) is not visible in this picture (or the later picture). The picture, which is from the Valentine series of postcards, dates from before 1901 (no Pavilion showing) and after 1866 (includes extension to Royal St George Yacht Club). My estimated date is 1893


  2. Hi there, I am interested in the 1st picture of Dun Laoghaire, I wonder could you write to me via email? thanking you


  3. I am not that the park in the photo is peoples park. If you check on google maps you can see that today’s Peoples Park is much east of the east pier.


    • Thanks for the heads up. You are, of course, correct. The park in the image is what is in front of the Royal Marine Hotel.


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