Between the Mountains and the Sea
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In 1864 this area was described as a maritime barony. it contains the beautiful and brilliant sweep of coast from Blackrock round by Dalkey barony consist, in a general view, of rich Champaign ground, and are very profusely powdered with mansions and villas and embelishred with wood, shrubbery, lawn and garden. It is still a county full of variety, including Ireland’s finest artificial harbour at Dun Leoghaire and the first railway, many ancient castle-Dalkey, Shankill, Dundrum; Victorian squares and terraces and even prehistoric remains such as cromlechs.
The history of the county is very closely bound up with the story of Dublin city. Many of the inhabitants of the houses described were successful merchants, noted artists or were involved in the politics of the day people like Lord Edward FitzGerald, Robert Emmet, Lord Fitzgibbon; writes such as George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Beckett and artists like William Orpen.