Posted by: marthabernie | July 26, 2016

DUN LAOGHAIRE (Kingstown) – 1870?

Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin, was renamed Kingstown in honor of the English king; but after Irish independence, it resumed it’s name of Dun Laoghaire (meaning fort of Laoghaire).  It’s been a harbor for centuries, but in the 1800’s the current harbor was constructed and it became a resort destination for Europeans.  Interestingly enough, it was also a town where there was poverty and destitution, though it was certainly not as well known as the slums of Dublin.  A friend of mine near Dun Laoghaire has just published a book about all this, and I will do a separate post about that later this week.  In the meantime, here is an image I acquired recently showing the harbor at Dun Laoghaire (Kingstown).  Someone has written April 30, 1870 on the reverse side, and the stove pipe hat on the gentleman in the foreground certain supports that era.  More information below.  Click on images for a larger view.

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