County Dublin

County Dublin

This is a maritime county in the province of Leinster that you are sure to come across on tours of Ireland.

Though County Dublin , with 356 square miles , is ranked only thirteenth in size amongst the Irish counties , it is by far the most heavily populated. It has almost 1.5 million of a population.

The city of Dublin , Irelands capital and the county capital , is the administrative , financial , and cultural centre of the county. It has over half a million inhabitants.

Dublin city is also the centre of the Irish railway network , and contains the countrys largest port (Dun Laoghaire)

Other prominent urban centres include the towns of Swords , Malahide , Balbriggan , and Skerries.

One of the worlds greatest golf links courses is in Portmarnock , in north County Dublin.

The county is bounded to the North by County Meath and to the East by the Irish sea. To the West by counties Kildare and Meath , and to the South by county Wicklow.

The landscape is generally flat and low lying except in the South where the county borders the Wicklow mountains , which are a real hidden gem.

The main rivers include the Dodder , the Tolka , and the Liffey (which runs through Dublin).

At Dublin Bay the coastline stretches for over seventy miles and includes the islands of Lambay (Irelands Eye) , and Saint Patricks Island , near Skerries.

Manufacturing and service industries are generally confined to the capital , whilst a significant fishing industry is centred in the towns of Howth , Skerries , and Balbriggan.

Agriculture remains an important , although declining , sector of the countys economy. Farms tend to be small , with cattle , barley , and potatoes the chief products.

Human habitation in the county can be traced back to Mesolithic hunter-gatherers who dwelt in the hills to the North and South of Dublin city over six thousand years ago.

The counties historical sites include : Neolithic dolmens at Woodtown , Viking remains at Wood Quay , monastic and church buildings such as Christ Church Cathedral , St Marys Abbey , and St Catherines Well at Balgriffin.

There are castles at Dalkey , Swords , and Malahide.

On any Ireland tours you are sure to cross Dublin County…. there are many must see attractions.

It is also very easy to access on our Belfast tours and beyond.