Video of Greystones, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Greystones (Irish: Na Clocha Liatha) is a coastal town and seaside resort in County
Wicklow, Ireland. It lies on Ireland’s east coast, 8 km (5.0 mi) south of Bray and
27 km (17 mi) south of Dublin (it is within the Greater Dublin Area), with a population
of about 15,000. The town was named after a one kilometre stretch of grey stones
between two beaches on the sea front. The harbour area and the railway station are
at the northern and southern ends respectively.
The North Beach, which begins at the harbour, is a stoney beach and some of its length
is overlooked by the southern cliffs of Bray Head, which are subject to erosion.
The South Beach is a broad sandy beach about one kilometer long. It is a Blue Flag
beach and receives many visitors and tourists, mainly in the summer.
The town is bordered by the Irish Sea to the east, Bray Head to the north and the
Wicklow Mountains to the west.
In 2008, Greystones was named as the world's 'most livable community' at the LivCom
Awards in China.
Greystones is located south of the site of an ancient castle of the Barony of Rathdown.
There was a hamlet which, like the castle, was known as Rathdown, and which appeared
on a 1712 map. This site occupied an area now known as the Grove, north of Greystones
harbour, but only the ruins of a chapel, St. Crispin's Cell, survive. Greystones
is a much more recent settlement and is first mentioned in Topographia Hibernica,
a 1795 publication. Here it is described as a "noted fishing place four miles beyond
Greystones has experienced a huge increase in its population since the 1970s with
the construction of several large housing estates. A new development at Charlesland,
just south of the town, includes over 1,000 dwelling units. As of the 2006 census
the population of Greystones, including town and environs, stands at 14,569 making
it the second largest town in the county after Bray.
Along with the housing developments, road networks and facilities have been improved
to cater for the growth. The road between Greystones and Bray has been widened and
realigned. A new dual carriageway link road (R774) connecting Greystones to the N11
has been completed. Construction of a full interchange with the N11 has also been
According to the 2006 census, Greystones has the largest Church of Ireland presence
as a proportion of the population (9.77%).