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Coordinates: 53°17′10″N 6°06′58″W / 53.286°N 6.116°W / 53.286; -6.116
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Cuas an Ghainimh
Sandycove seen from Dun Laoghaire
Sandycove seen from Dun Laoghaire
Sandycove is located in Dublin
Location in Dublin
Sandycove is located in Ireland
Sandycove (Ireland)
Coordinates: 53°17′10″N 6°06′58″W / 53.286°N 6.116°W / 53.286; -6.116
CountyDún Laoghaire–Rathdown
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (IST (WEST))
Eircode (Routing Key)
Area code01 (+3531)

Sandycove (Irish: Cuas an Ghainimh) is a suburb of Dublin, Ireland. It is southeast of Dún Laoghaire and Glasthule, and northwest of Dalkey. It 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 locale features in the opening of Ulysses by James Joyce.



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



Sandycove and Glasthule railway station opened on 11 October 1855.[2] Sandycove is also serviced by Dublin Bus numbers 59 and 111, and lies close to Dún Laoghaire harbour.



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.[3] Bloomsday is celebrated in Sandycove in Joyce's honour on the 16th of June every year.

Near 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 ballad "Sandy Cove" (sic) by composer/singer Jimmy Webb appears on his 1993 album Suspending Disbelief. In the song, the narrator reflects on his life's choices and his mortality as he visits the neighbourhood and the famed Martello Tower.

Singer-songwriter Luka Bloom, in the liner notes to his 1992 album, The Acoustic Motorbike thanks Sandcove Cycles for maintaining the titular bicycle.



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; four volunteer lifeboatmen drowned.[4]

Notable residents


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  1. ^ Allen, Trevor. The Storm Passed by: Ireland and the Battle of the Atlantic, 1940–41. p. 63.
  2. ^ "Sandycove station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 3 September 2007.
  3. ^ "About | James Joyce Tower and Museum". jamesjoycetower.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  4. ^ Gilligan, Henry (1988). A History of the Port of Dublin. Gill and Macmillan. p. 67. ISBN 978-0-7171-1578-5.
  5. ^ "GATENBY, Peter Barry: Death notice". Irish Times, Family Notices. 27 August 2015. Archived from the original on 2 June 2021. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Bloomsday". The James Joyce Centre. Archived from the original on 29 March 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  7. ^ "'Greatest'actor Maureen Toal dies". Irish Times. 25 August 2012. Archived from the original on 27 August 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2012.