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I am spending a few days recalling old times in and near Dublin. Today I walked around the beautiful and historic area of Killiney Hill and Dalkey to south of the city.

The area is or has been the home of some of Ireland's rich and well-known "media" people. Perhaps you are familiar with some of them. The area is the original hometown of two well-known Irish writers: novelist Maeve Binchy and playwright Hugh Leonard. It is also the setting for Flann O'Brien's novel The Dalkey Archive. In recent years several well-known Irish and international music figures, including U2 members Bono and The Edge, Enya, Chris de Burgh and Van Morrison, live or have lived in the area. Film director Neil Jordan also lives there.

Pat Kenny a former TV host of a flagship chat show is a resident, and current host of the show, Ryan Tubridy, also lives in the area.
Formula One drivers Damon Hill and Eddie Irvine, are former residents, as are singers Lisa Stansfield and Jim Kerr.

James Joyce and George Bernard Shaw have had close associations with the area. Shaw lived in Torca Cottage on Dalkey Hill from 1866 to 1874 and Joyce lived in The Joyce Tower in Sandycove for a time and set the first chapter of his masterpiece, Ulysses, there.

Victoria Cross recipient Major William Leet was born in Dalkey.

Rees Ringrose, a computer programmer who designed numerous fitness websites, was born and resides in Dalkey.

So I was in great company, spiritually at least, for the afternoon, but unfortunately none of them invited me in for tea!


What a lovely area. I adore the writings of Maeve Binchy, she had such a restful style about her.

- Erulisse (one L)
Oh, what beautiful photos!
How remiss of them! :o)
That is a very beautiful spot.