Portrane Martello Tower
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Portrane or Portraine (Irish: Port Reachrann, meaning "landing place of Reachrainn" (the nearby offshore island)) is a small seaside town one kilometre from, and merging into the larger town of Donabate in Fingal, north County Dublin, Ireland.
St. Ita's Hospital
Portrane's most prominent feature is the tower bay and the avenue. Now over 100 years old, portrane avenue is an impressive collection of Victorian red brick buildings which dominate the peninsula. Important features within its main building include two churches and the clock tower. In the hospital grounds is a monument to George Hampden Evans, a replica of an Irish Round Tower.
Arts and media
Members of the band U2 owned a caravan in Portrane where they composed some of the music and lyrics for their 1981 album, October. Lead singer Bono and guitarist The Edge were baptized on a beach in Portrane by members of the Shalom religious group. Rock band the Delorentos are Portrane natives.
Portrane has been used extensively as a location for many film and television shoots. Parts of the Channel 4 television series Father Ted were filmed in Portrane, most notably Funland in the first series was filmed in Tower Bay. It also featured in the BBC series "Murphy's Law" starring James Nesbitt.
- "Bunachar Logainmneacha na hÉireann".
- Cogan, Višnja (2008). U2: An Irish Phenomenon. Pegasus Books. p. 22. ISBN 978-1-933648-71-2.
- "Delorentos - In Love With Detail". RTÉ. 2007-04-20. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
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