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Portmarnock - Dublin - Strand

coastal view

Portmarnock Beach was the starting point for two aviation firsts. On 23 June 1930 Australian aviator Charles Kingsford Smith and his crew took off in the Southern Cross on the first westbound transatlantic flight (to Newfoundland, Canada). The first solo westbound transatlantic flight also began from Portmarnock beach as on 18 August 1932 Jim Mollison, a British pilot, took a de Havilland Puss Moth from Portmarnock to Pennfield, New Brunswick, also in Canada.

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  • County: Dublin North
  • Town: Portmarnock
  • Scene: Portmarnock Strand
  • Date: 1910 (estimate)

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Portmarnock

Portmarnock (Port Mearnóg in Irish) is a town north of the city of Dublin in North County Dublin, Ireland. It lies on the coast and, owing to its proximity to Dublin city, is a dormitory town 15 km north-northeast of the city centre. The town is situated between Malahide, Sutton and Baldoyle along the Northern commuter railway line out of Dublin. Portmarnock railway station is also on the DART network. See rail transport in Ireland. In the 2002 census the population was 8,376, although this shows a decrease to 7,973 in the preliminary 2006 census statistic.

The town's name derives from the Irish word port – meaning port – and Saint Marnoch or Mernoc. He is said to have arrived in what is now Portmarnock in the 5th century AD. The area had been settled thousands of years before, in Neolithic times. A number of remains of activity in the Portmarnock area from those times is still evident today, with flints and other tools having been excavated at the northern 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 also said to have been buried locally.

Portmarnock Beach is now becoming popular with wind surfers and kite surfers. Like many of Dublin's coastal towns it is home to a Napoleonic Martello tower. Portmarnock is famous for its world class golf course which formally opened on December 26 1894, while another links course, opened in the 1990s, was designed by German golfer Bernhard Langer.

That golf course and hotel are built around the former home of the Jameson distilling family. Anne Jameson's son was Guglielmo Marconi (she married Giuseppe Marconi). Guglielmo, of course, invented the wireless and carried out the first transatlantic morse code transmission in 1902 from Nova Scotia, Canada to England.

Portmarnock Beach was the starting point for two aviation firsts. On 23 June 1930 Australian aviator Charles Kingsford Smith and his crew took off in the Southern Cross on the first westbound transatlantic flight (to Newfoundland, Canada). The first solo westbound transatlantic flight also began from Portmarnock beach as on 18 August 1932 Jim Mollison, a British pilot, took a de Havilland Puss Moth from Portmarnock to Pennfield, New Brunswick, also in Canada.

Today, Portmarnock has two Catholic churches; two primary schools, St. Marnock's and St. Helen's; and also a post-primary school, Portmarnock Community School. There are also several active sports clubs, such as Portmarnock Tennis Club, Portmarnock F.C. and Naomh Mearnóg GAA, and the Portmarnock Sport & Leisure Club which encompasses 16 sporting activities.

Portmarnock Community School was recently rated the best post-primary school in the country based on average Leaving Certificate results and supplies the needs of the 1,400 pupils who attend the school from Portmarnock and other nearby towns.

Portmarnock was the home of the late Eamon Andrews and is also home to TV personalities Marty Whelan and Aeongus McAnally (The Lyrics Board) as well as Dublin football players Shane Ryan, Tomas Quinn and Captian of Naomh Mearnog Minors Jake Briggs. Portmarnock has two hotels, The White Sands, hosting the night club 'Tamango's and the Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links. There is a good mix of housing in Portmarnock ranging from small apartments to detached mansions. As one would expect in any such community there is also a mix of people from many ethnic backgrounds. In general Portmarnock would rate as an upper middle class suburb.