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Irish: Cuas an Ghainimh
County Dublin
40ft Dun-Laoghaire.jpg
Sandycove seen from Dun Laoghaire
Grid reference: O 257278
Location: 53°17’10"N, 6°6’58"W
Population: 3,735  (2006)
Postcode: A96
Dialling code: 01
Local Government
Council: Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown

Sandycove is a seaside village in County Dublin, in the conurbation south-east of Dún Laoghaire and Glasthule, and north west of Dalkey.

This is a popular seaside resort and is well known for its bathing place, the Forty Foot, which in the past was reserved for men only but is now available for mixed bathing. The village features in the opening of Ulysses by James Joyce.


On 20 December 1940, during Second World War, the Luftwaffe bombed the railway station even though the Irish Free State was a neutral country. There were three injuries.[1]


The writer James Joyce lived for a week as a young man in the Martello Tower situated beside the Forty Foot bathing place at Sandycove. The opening scene of Joyce's Ulysses is set in this tower. It now hosts a small Joycean museum, open all year round.[2] Bloomsday is celebrated in Sandycove in Joyce's honour on the 16th of June every year.

Near to the tower, on the seafront, is the unique landmark house designed in the Avant Garde style by Michael Scott, the eminent 20th-century architect, who made it his residence.


The first lifeboat station in Ireland was established at Sandycove in 1803. On 28 December 1821, the lifeboat rescued the crew of the brig Ellen of Liverpool, in which effort four volunteer lifeboatmen drowned.[3]

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  1. Allen, Trevor: 'The Storm Passed by: Ireland and the Battle of the Atlantic, 1940-41', page 63
  2. [ James Joyce Tower and Museum]
  3. Gilligan, Henry (1988). Gill and Macmillan. pp. 67. ISBN 978-0-7171-1578-5.