Posted by: marthabernie | November 9, 2014


This is Sandycove, County Dublin, about ten miles south of Dublin City, Ireland.  The round tower at the left is a Martello Tower where James Joyce lived for a short time.  It’s now the James Joyce Museum.  There is a little cove here, and of course, the famous Forty Foot where swimming takes place all year round no matter the weather or temperature!  Used to be women were banned from swimming here but times have changed!   Does anyone know why it is called The Forty Foot?   The answer is NOT becasuse the water has a depth of forty feet!  See photo below for image of swimmers taken about 1925.

The above photo was taken the day after a big storm blew through.  The waves aren’t usually quite that big but the tide was in and the effects of the storm were still lingering!  The night before the waves were crashing up over the road where I was standing when I took this photo.

I recently acquired another old photo of Sandycove, below.  You can see how much the area has been built up in the last 100  years, compared to the top photo.  Note the three kids on the wall in the center of the image.




  1. Your blog is outstanding!!


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