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Loch Sionnaigh
Loughshinny Harbour with headland of Drumanagh on right
Loughshinny Harbour with headland of Drumanagh on right
Loughshinny is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°32′49″N 6°5′10″W / 53.54694°N 6.08611°W / 53.54694; -6.08611Coordinates: 53°32′49″N 6°5′10″W / 53.54694°N 6.08611°W / 53.54694; -6.08611
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County Fingal
Population (2010)[1]
 • Urban 641
 • Rural 1,046
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Website www.loughshinnyvillage.com

Loughshinny (/lɒxˈʃɪni/ lokh-SHIN-i; Irish: Loch Sionnaigh)[2] is a small village in Fingal, Ireland. The seaside village is between Skerries and Rush. Loughshinny's more famous landmarks are the Martello Tower on the nearby headland of Drumanagh and some unusual rock formations visible on some of the many coastal walks in the area.

Folded sedimentary rocks of carboniferous age near Loughshinny

The headland of Drumanagh contains a major Iron Age fort, where important Roman artifacts have been found. Some archaeologists have suggested the fort was a bridgehead for Roman military campaigns, while others suggest it was a Roman trading colony or a native Irish settlement that traded with Roman Britain.[3][4]

Famous people associated with Loughshinny include Senator Richard A. Butler, who was a member of the first Seanad and chair of the Irish Farmers' Union.

Loughshinny Beach[edit]

Loughshinny Beach is a popular picnic area to the locals of Loughshinny and others. Its facilities include public toilets (Summer only), a lifeguard house (Summer only), and a public carpark (year round).

Water Safety Levels at Loughshinny Beach

In April 2016, Loughshinny Beach was classified as having a "poor status" of water quality, along with Rush South Beach, by the Fingal County Council. This statement was issued during one of Fingal County Council's largest pushes for tourism throughout the Fingal region and in Loughshinny.[5]

Furthermore, Loughshinny beach is one of 6 of Ireland's beaches that have failed to meet minimum EU standards for clean water.[6] Rush South Beach similarly failed to meet these EU regulations. Tourism has suffered in these regions as a result, but the so-called "Folding Cliffs of Loughshinny" and the Smugglers' Cave along the beach nearby Loughshinny still provide an attraction for tourists.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ireland Census 2006 - Population of Towns ordered by County and size, 2002 and 2006" (PDF). 
  2. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  3. ^ Richard Warner, "Yes, the Romans did invade Ireland", British Archaeology 14, May 1996, retrieved 14 August 2009
  4. ^ Shawn Pogatchnik, "Experts Claim Romans May Have Established Colonies in Ireland", Los Angeles Times, 17 November 1996, retrieved 22 July 2009
  5. ^ http://www.northcountyleader.ie/2016/04/12/beaches-must-be-prioritised/
  6. ^ http://www.joe.ie/news/six-of-irelands-beaches-have-failed-to-meet-minimum-eu-standards-for-clean-water/537966