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Cuas an Ghainimh
Suburb of Dublin
Sandycove with James Joyce Tower, Dublin, Ireland
Sandycove with James Joyce Tower, Dublin, Ireland
Sandycove is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°17′10″N 6°06′58″W / 53.286°N 6.116°W / 53.286; -6.116Coordinates: 53°17′10″N 6°06′58″W / 53.286°N 6.116°W / 53.286; -6.116
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown
Population (2006)
 • Urban 3,735
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)

Sandycove (Irish: Cuas an Ghainimh) is an area of Dublin, Ireland. It is south east of Dún Laoghaire and Glasthule, and north west of Dalkey. It is a popular seaside resort.

Sandycove is well known for its (formerly) gentlemen's bathing place, the Forty Foot, which in the past afforded a quiet swimming haven for males only. This remains a popular bathing place but since the late 20th century, mixed bathing is permissible.

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.[1] 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, eminent 20th-century architect who made it his residence.


Sandycove and Glasthule railway station opened on 11 October 1855.[2]

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.[3] See Bombing of Dublin in World War II.

Sandycove is also serviced by Dublin Bus numbers 59 and 111.

Sandycove is also close to Dún Laoghaire harbour.


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]

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  1. ^ "About | James Joyce Tower and Museum". Retrieved 2016-02-26. 
  2. ^ "Sandycove station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-09-03. 
  3. ^ The Storm Passed by: Ireland and the Battle of the Atlantic, 1940-41, By Trevor Allen; page 63
  4. ^ Gilligan, Henry (1988). Gill and Macmillan. p. 67. ISBN 978-0-7171-1578-5.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  6. ^ "Bloomsday". The James Joyce Centre. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  7. ^ "'Greatest'actor Maureen Toal dies". Irish Times. 2012-08-25. Retrieved 2012-08-27.