Medieval Castles of Dalkey

“God is bedrock under my feet, the castle in which I live, my rescuing knight.”
Psalm 18:2

This summer I took the Dart out to Dalkey. It’s a lovely fashionable suburb to the south of Dublin. The name Dalkey derives from Delginis (Irish) and Dalk-Ei (Norse) meaning Thorn Island and it’s origins date back 6, 500 years to activity on Dalkey Island. In the early Christian period, St. Begnet’s Church on Castle Street was built. Later, the Church on Dalkey Island was constructed. In the Viking period, there was a thriving slave trade on Dalkey Island. During Medieval times, Dalkey acted as the port for Dublin, as large ships could anchor in the deep waters of Dalkey Sound. It was at this time that seven castles were built, mainly for safe storage. During the 16th century, Dublin port was developed and Dalkey’s importance declined.

Ireland is known as a land of saints and scholars so I’ll align blog 163 with psalm 16:3;

“As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.”

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