Irish: Cuas an Ghainimh
Sandycove seen from Dun Laoghaire
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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.
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. 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.