Irish: Glas Tuathail
coastline in Glasthule
The name of the place is from the Irish Glas Tuathail, meaning 'Toole's Streamlet'.
In Sandycove and Glasthule, all on a street of a thousand yards (shorter than Grafton Street in Dublin) are a goodly range of shops: butchers, grocer, supermarket, hairdressers, pharmacies, car sales garages, cake shop, bakery, bookmakers, auctioneers, public houses, beauty salons, florists, book shop, curtain and drapery shop, boutiques, wine merchants, dentists, doctors, bookshop, veterinary surgeon, post office, restaurants, cafés, late night shops, solicitors, dry cleaners.
Glasthukle is a location featuring in James Joyce's highly acclaimed novel Ulysses, and accordingly every year the village celebrates 'Bloomsday', marking the day featured in the novel. The James Joyce Tower is located in nearby Sandycove.
The village is the main setting for Jamie O'Neill's 2001 novel At Swim, Two Boys.