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Seaside Attractions: an exploration of Dun Laoghaire's waterfront on foot.
Today, we explore Dun Loaghaire’s waterfront on foot, starting with the Headquarters of the Commissioners of Irish Lights (2008), designed by architects, Scott Tallon Walker, and opened specially for the Friends. There is a fascinating workshop, where Irish Lights oversee the provision and maintenance of lighthouses, buoys, beacons and radio aids for navigation around the coast of Ireland. We lunch at the Royal Irish Yacht Club beside the harbour. The National Maritime Museum reopened in 2012 in the former Mariners’ Church and tells the story of Irish trade (97% of all exports still going by sea), wrecks and dramatic rescues. Nearby, a hidden gem, the Oratory of the Sacred Heart, is a Celtic Revival masterpiece by Dominican Sister Concepta Lynch, which also has stained-glass windows by Harry Clarke.
Meet at 10am for coffee at the Travel Restaurant, Crofton Road, Dun Laoghaire (opposite the Dart Station).
This is a Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland day outing. Advance booking is required. Visit the Friends Desk in the Millennium Wing; phone (01) 661 9877; or email email@example.com.