The town was known as Dunleary until it was renamed Kingstown in honour of King George IV's 1821 visit, and in 1920 was given its present name, the original Irish form of Dunleary. I have always been surprised by the fact that Queen's Road has not been renamed especially as a number of memorials have been vandalised over the years [but not recently].

As you can see from my photographs the area between Dún Laoghaire Baths and the East Pier has been derelict for many years and it does attract a degree of anti-social behaviour. Plans for restoration of the area have been subjected to much debate, and some of the more ambitious ideas have been highly controversial.

The harbour, one of the largest in the country, is notable for its two granite piers. The East Pier is particularly popular with walkers. It took 42 years to construct the harbour, from 1817 to 1859. The obelisk near the old ferry port terminal at the harbour commemorates the construction of this harbour.

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