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Skerries: Is the best kept secret in Ireland. Miles of beaches and rolling hills as far as the eye can see surround this beautiful fishing village. There are five historical islands that compliment this beautiful paradise called Skerries. They include Shenick Island, St Patrick’s, Colt and Rockabill. There is also Red Island which is actually a tombolo more than an island. You’ll find amazing plants and many bird species including roseate terns who call these islands their home.
Skerries places to visit: The castles of Skerries are a must see. Ardgillan and Baldongan castles are the high points in Skerries which offer amazing views overlooking the town of Skerries and her many beaches. Martello tower overlooks the south strand beach. You haven’t seen a fishing port until you’ve walked the pier and harbour framing Skerries north beach. The Harbour has a spectacular tower view to observe Skerries seals and watch Trawler boats and sail boats glide the oceans around skerries.
Getting to Skerries: The bus runs from Dublin Airport seven days a week. If you perfer trains you can catch an adventure ride to Skerries from any train station in the Dublin region. Dublin city is only 18 miles from Skerries. You can purchase all day pass or weekly train &bus passes for the whole family.
Things to do in Skerries: Golfing, sailing, swimming, surfing, fishing, bird watching, cycling, visit local plays, enjoy traditional music, experience Skerries community festivals and observe motorcycle, bicycle and Yaght racing.
Indoor Entertainment: Skerries has many pubs, bars, restaurants, sports clubs, retail stores, night clubs and great adventures for your pure enjoyment.
When St. Patrick was expelled from Wicklow by the pagan natives, he sailed northward and landed on a small island off Skerries. In his honour it became known as St. Patrick’s Island. When the saint arrived on the island he was accompanied by a goat which provided milk. From this island St. Patrick would come to the mainland to convert the people. While the saint was ashore on a missionary trip the people of Skerries visited the island and stole his goat. They killed, cooked and feasted on it.
When St. Patrick came back to the island he found his goat missing. This made him very angry and in two giant strides he reached the mainland. The first step took him to the back of Colt Island, the second to Red Island where he confronted the people of Skerries. They tried to deny having seen his goat but found they could only bleat. When they told the saint the truth about his goat their voices returned.
To this day St. Patrick’s footprint, where he stepped on to the south side of Red Island, can be seen in the rocks at the bathing area while the nickname Skerries Goat is given to the people of the town to remind them of this deed.
About me: A Fisherman's Daughter
Sharon's family was part of the Skerries Fishing industry for many years when the town was a thriving Fishing Port. Traditionally Children helped their parents prepare the fresh catch and ready the fish for market when large fish Trawlers returned to harbor. There were times when children waited months for the safe return of their fathers from sea. Sharon remembers all to well her Father arrived at the Harbor with a new beard, having left months earlier clean shaven. Children would sometimes hardly reconize ther Fathers after their long fishing journey at sea.
The Grandparents also provided the locals with fresh eggs and vegetable produce from their small farms located in Skerries and Loughshinny. The family were also providers for funeral services working as Skerries caretakers for many years.
Having lived right next to the train station I had the opportunity to spend most of my childhood hanging out of the train and bus station observing everyday travellers. The local ticket master knew all the kids by name and has fun running them out of the station when they got up to mischief. Waiting for a train to roll into the station was exciting because one got to see crowds sqeeze down the stairs underground in the tunnel to get to the other side of the tracks. For some reason the tunnel was dark so for a few moments everyone would follow the person ahead of them hoping to see them trip on the step ahead so they could avoid it themselves. When the bus pulled into the station opposite the train station kids would sneak onto the bus grab a ticket roll and fling miles of paper all over the place. Very few got caught but the smart ones peeked out from the ballispit laughing from 40 yards away. The Ballispit was a local spot next to the train tracks for kids to lost themselves in overgrown may bushes. The highlight of the station was the view oppostite with rolling hills and horses. Today there are farms still framing the view from Skerries train station.
Skerries (Irish: Na Sceirí, meaning a group of small coastal islands) is a seaside town in North Dublin, Ireland, now part of County Fingal. The name comes form the Norse word Skere which has descended into Hiberno-English as Skerry meaning a small coastal island, a Skerries being a group of them.
Skerries has five islands off its coast. They include Shenick Island, St Patrick's, Colt and Rockabill. There is also Red Island while called such is actually a tombolo. The town itself is set along two long streets - Strand Street and Church Street. The town is built between the surrounding hills of North Fingal and the low lying beaches of Skerries. Red Island, Mill Hill, Hillside, The public Ardgillan Park and Demesne, Barnageera and to a lesser extent Baldungan Castle are high points on which you can look over the town.
Rockabill is two islands, the Rock and Bill, and has the largest numbers of breeding Roseate Terns in Europe. It is also the farthest away from the town and houses a lighthouse. On Shenick Island can be found a Martello tower, one of a number of defensive towers erected during the Napoleonic era along the Irish coast by the occupying British. The other islands are harder to reach, but it is possible by boat. Red Island also has a Martello Tower. St Patrick's Island is so called because this is where the Irish patron saint is reputed to have landed and begun his mission to convert the country to Christianity. It is also known locally as Church Island.
Early writers tell how an island off Skerries was used as a landing place for an invasion, which happened in the second century. This island was either Shenick or Red Island, which would have been a tidal island at the time. When the invaders landed, they formed ranks and at low tide marched to the mainland, where they were promptly defeated at the ancient settlement of Knocknagin, north of Balbriggan. The islands were previously known as the Islands of Cor possibly after the people who inhabited the islands originally.
In 432 AD, St. Patrick is reputed to have landed on Church Island, and according to the Annals of Inisfallen, Saint Mochonna founded a monastery shortly afterwards.
In the year 797 AD, the Danes carried out one of their earliest raids in Ireland when they plundered the monastery on Church Island. As the origin of the name is Norse and many localities have Norse-based names, it is safe to assume the Vikings did settle and occupy the area. Sitric, who was a son of a Dane called Murchard, re-founded the monastery on Church Island in 1120. He dedicated it to St. Patrick, the Apostle of Ireland. By this time the Danes who had settled in Ireland had become Christians.
In 1148 Saint Malachy, Archbishop of Armagh, arranged a synod on St. Patrick's island to settle differences between the Irish Christians and the Pope. Fifteen bishops, two hundred priests and other clergy were present.
To read up more on Skerries go to Skerries,dublin wikipedia
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