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.”

Published by Jeanette Dean

I'm a chocolate lover on a journey of learning, healing and discovery. I started this blog because it was burdensome carrying my 30 + journals every time I moved. I enjoy photography and was offered a place in The Glasgow School of Photography but opted to go back to San Francisco to work for a global missionary organization instead. I enjoy studying how theology/leadership/reconciliation/spirituality intersect. I come alive in nature and love helping others unlock that deeply human part of who they are, so they too can come alive and live, love and lead with courage in their hearts. I'm an Irish open water swim coach here in Ireland so ask me or reach out to me about that exhilarating activity - I'd love to help you get more Vitamin SEA. I'm a creative catalyst and collaborator so if you'd like to work with me in a creative capacity let me know. I’d love to hear from YOU so please hit the like button and let me know you're out there!

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