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Just a mere 300 meters off the most easterly point of Dublin's Riviera, or Sorrento Point to be exact, lies Dalkey Island and gives it's name to the small village of nearby Dalkey. 'Deilginis' is the Irish for Dalkey, you'll see it on the front of busses and road signs. The literal translation of 'Deilginis' from Irish is 'thorny island'. 450m long and 250m wide comprising around 22 acres. The three small islands to the north are Lamb Island, Clare Island and Maiden Rock.
The first thing you'll notice when you look across at the island is the dominating Martello Tower on it's summit, one of many built along the north and south coasts of Dublin in the early 1800's to aid the British defend their second capital from the threat of a Napoleonic invasion, which never came in the end. On the most southerly end of the island are the remains of the battery (fort) which would have been part of the island's defences. The tower and battery were constructed in 1804.