THE restored Casino, where the model railway museum is located. Photo: David Burke

Beaches, butterflies and model trains

‘32 Counties’ visits North County Dublin

WE DON’T say “Dublin, Dublin” the way the Americans say “New York, New York” but just as the US city belongs to the state of the same name, so does Dublin belong to its county.

So while the word “Dublin” first of all conjures up images of the city — the Spire, Croke Park, Leinster House, the Abbey Theatre, Grafton Street, take your pick — there is a hinterland to the north, west and south which makes up County Dublin.

For this, the fourth in our 32 counties in 32 months series, we take the Dart northwards from Connolly Station to explore the leafy suburb of Malahide and its companion, the beachy suburb of Portmarnock.

Not that any Malahidian would call their home place a suburb — “The Village” is their preferred term, even if in terms of population it’s a good-sized town…

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