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The Sporty Seaside Village at Dublin city edge, east coast of Ireland
Portmarnock synonymous with golf, pioneering aviators, seaside holidays, Martello tower, world famous disco - Tamango, Jameson Whiskey, radio wave inventor- Marconi and last but not least St. Marnock.10km away from Dublin International Airport, 15km outside Dublin City, between the villages of Malahide and Baldoyle, and world famous fishing village of Howth. Portmarnock has it all. If you haven’t spent a day on The Velvet Strand Beach guarded by the Islands’ Lambay and Ireland’s eye, played a round of golf on The Links, enjoyed a cocktail or two in The Portmarnock Hotel, strolled up the beach and bought an ice-cream and souvenir rock from the kiosk, you haven’t lived! Portmarnock rocks! The village of Portmarnock is without a port yet! However, does have a station, that in the1850's at a leisurely 40.m.p.h. brought thousands to the beach, connecting station and strand by horse drawn carriage. These days the old pleasure train has become the ´sardine-line´ to ´Banklin! ´ The name Portmarnock originated from Irish meaning port and St.Marnock who arrived there in the fifth century. Marnock a missionary of St.Patrick,also associated with Kilmarnock in Scotland, converted the local Celts from worshiping Water, Trees and Wells, to Christianity. (Tendencies that are still prevalent today if you observe the inhabitants fancy gardens!)
Being politically correct Marnock blessed the Druid Well and it became the Holy Well. The ruins of Marnock's church are still to be seen in the graveyard - off the Strand Road.Portmarnock had been settled thousands of years before, in Neolithic times.A number of remains of activity in the area from these times is still evident today, with flints and other tools having been excavated at the north fringe of Portmarnock,while the remains of a ring fort are visible from the air at the south of the town. The son of Queen Maedhbh of Connaught - Maine - is buried locally. Theses days Portmarnock is better known for its famous golf club and the Portmarnock Hotel and Golf + Links
FAMOUS EVENTS - AVIATION
Final leg of his East-West circumnavigation of the globe
Arriving with his four man crew including Irish Navigator Captain Paddy Saul to a massive welcome in City Hall on Independence Day.
A sculpture remembering the historic flight is to be seen on Portmarnock Beachfront, it is in the shape of the globe with all the continents on it and the historic flight path marked.
18th August 1932
Jim Mollison completed the first solo east to west flight of the North Atlantic, flying a de Havilland DH80A Puss Moth
(G-ABXY) Mollison flew from Portmarnock to Pennfield Ridge in New Brunswick in 31 hours 20 minutes.
GAA, Golf,Swimming, Sub Aqua,Tennis, Sailing, Sports Centre, Beach Sports, Fishing,.
The PSLC Sports Hall includes facilities for:
Five a Side Football
In 1927 the first Irish Open golf Championship was held in Portmarnock. For more information go to: www.portmarnockgolfclub.ie
The Local Wells
The House of Jameson, was built in 1847, reconstructed in 1895, and sold toThe Irish Tourist Board. In 1945 it opened as an Hotel. The Country Club managment was taken over by John Galvin in 1949.
So on a cold winter's night, when you are sitting beside your fireside and sipping a glass of Jamenson - close your eyes and imagine - Portmarnock Waves!