Sandycove (Irish: Cuas an Ghainimh) is a suburb of Dublin, Ireland. It is south east of Dún Laoghaire and Glasthule, and north west of Dalkey. It is a popular seaside resort and is well known for its bathing place, the Forty Foot, which in the past was reserved for men only but is now available for mixed bathing. The locale features in the opening of Ulysses by James Joyce.


Cuas an Ghainimh
Sandycove seen from Dun Laoghaire
Sandycove seen from Dun Laoghaire
Sandycove is located in Dublin
Location in Dublin
Sandycove is located in Ireland
Sandycove (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
CountyDún Laoghaire–Rathdown
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (IST (WEST))
Eircode (Routing Key)
Area code(s)01 (+3531)


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


Sandycove and Glasthule railway station opened on 11 October 1855.[2] Sandycove is also serviced by Dublin Bus numbers 59 and 111, and lies close to Dún Laoghaire harbour.


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


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. ^ The Storm Passed by: Ireland and the Battle of the Atlantic, 1940-41, By Trevor Allen; page 63
  2. ^ "Sandycove station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-09-03.
  3. ^ "About | James Joyce Tower and Museum". Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  4. ^ Gilligan, Henry (1988). A History of the Port of Dublin. Gill and Macmillan. p. 67. ISBN 978-0-7171-1578-5.
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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.