Bull Island
Clontarf meaning Bulls' Meadow, is a seaside suburb with a cosy village atmosphere; itís approximately four miles from Dublin City Centre. It is easily accessible by bus or by train. Clontarf was a fishing village and a popular seabathing resort for city people in Victorian times. Itís now a pleasant coastal suburb with lovely beaches, large park and busy streets.

St. Anne's Park, was left to the people of Dublin by Lord Ardliaun, it covers an area of over 200 acres. Within the park itself are numerous playing fields for a diversity of sporting fixtures. It also boast an award winning rose garden which is a must see.

The First church in Clontarf was founded by the great abbot of Bangor, St. Comgall, around 550, St. Comgall was the patron of Clontarf until, with the advent of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, he was supplanted by St. John the Baptist. Where St. Lawrence Road stands today is the celebrated as the place of Brain Boru's great victory over Leinster and Norse Dublin, 1014 A.D.

Just off the coast from Clontarf is Bull Island, it is a small island built up over 200 years as a result of the construction of the north harbour wall of Dublin Port. This site is unique because it shows the development of an Island from birth to full maturity. The island is connected to the main land by a causeway and a wooden bridge.The area is important for numerous species of wintering waterbirds and waders including Brent Geese Shelduck, Widgeon, Teal, Pintail, Shoveler, Goldeneye and Red-breasted Merganser. Herons are also plentiful in the area, as are predators such as Kestrel, Peregrine, Merlin, Sparrowhawk and Short-eared Owl. An interpretive centre has been built on the Island to tell the history of the Island and explore its flora and fauna.

Dollymount strand is a blue flag beach given for cleanliness and water quality, this 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) long stretch of sandy beach and dunes are on Bull Island's eastern shore. At the northern tip is a wild bird and seal sanctuary.A promenade extending for about 3 kilometres from Fairview Park to the Bull Wall at Dollymount, is 40 metres wide and is about 26.5 hectares in extent, was reclaimed from the sea. The promenade makes a lovely place for a walk, go bird watching or for a picnic. The prominent has two impressive sculptures; the "Sails" sculpture was added in 1988 and the 'Maoi' Sculpture near Vernon Avenue in 2004. There is also a memorial seat to Alfie Byrne, former Lord Mayor of Dublin on the promenade.

If you fancy something out of the ordinary visit the Bram Stroker Dracula Experience, it is a uniquely different interesting educational and very scary adventure based on the life of Bram Stroker his great vampire creation (Dracula) and horror in general.

Clontarf has a great selection of pubs restaurants and clubs to choose from it also has plenty of accommodation with Hotels and B&Bs to suit all tastes and pockets.

To add to the splendour of this area you will find two Links Golf Courses; Royal Dublin Golf Club and Saint Anne's Golf Club. The Royal Dublin Golf Club, has staged the Irish Open on many occasions. But if you prefer a parkland course, Clontarf Golf Club on the Malahide Road will surely test your skills.

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