Video of Howth, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Howth; from Old Norse: Hqfuð meaning "head"; called in Irish: Binn Éadair) is a suburb
of Dublin, Ireland. It is on a peninsula of the same name at the north of Dublin
Bay. Originally just a small fishing village, Howth with its surrounding rural district
is now a busy suburb of Dublin, with a mix of dense residential development and wild
hillside, all on the peninsula of Howth Head. The only neighbouring district on land
is Sutton. Howth is also home to one of the oldest occupied buildings in Ireland,
Howth Castle. Through the years, Howth has been a filming location for movies such
as The Last of the High Kings and Boy Eats Girl.
Howth Head is one of the dominant features of Dublin Bay, with a number of peaks,
the highest of which is Black Linn. In one area, near Shielmartin, there is a small
peat bog, the Bog of the Frogs. The wilder parts of Howth can be accessed by a network
of paths (many are rights of way) and much of the centre and east is protected as
part of a Special Area of Conservation of 2.3 square kilometres (570 acres).
The island of Ireland's Eye, part of the Special Area of Conservation, lies about
a kilometre north of Howth harbour, with Lambay Island some 5 km further to the north.
A Martello tower exists on each of these islands with another tower overlooking Howth
harbour (opened as a visitor centre and Ye Olde Hurdy-Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio
on June 8, 2001) and another tower at Red Rock, Sutton. These are part of a series
of towers built around the coast of Ireland during the 19th century.
Howth Castle, and its estate, Deer Park, are key features of the area.
Howth is a popular area for birdwatching and sailing, and is also popular with anglers.
Anything from cod to ray can be caught from Howth's rocky shore marks, and sea mammals,
such as seals, are common sights in and near the harbour. Howth is also a popular
destination for cyclists and hillwalkers, particularly on weekends. Birds seen regularly
include razorbill, guillemot, fulmar, kittiwake, stonechat, linnet, whitethroat,
yellowhammer, skylark, wheatear, peregrine, buzzard and kestrel.
Among Howth's better known residents are Booker Prize-winning novelist John Banville,
U2 drummer Larry Mullen, Senator and retail pioneer Feargal Quinn and musicians Barney
McKenna (up until his passing April 5th, 2012) and John Sheahan of The Dubliners
and Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries. Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy lived in Howth
for a time. William Butler Yeats spent some of his childhood in a small house above
the cliffs on Balscadden Road in Howth. Broadcaster Seán Moncrieff lives in Howth
with his family.