Video of Portmarnock, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Portmarnock (Irish: Port Mearnóg) is a small coastal, suburban village in Fingal,
The district's name derives from the Irish word port – meaning port – and Saint Marnoch
or Mernoc, said to have arrived in what is now Portmarnock in the 5th century AD.
The area had been settled in Neolithic times, with a number of remains of activity
in the area still evident today, such as flints and other tools having been excavated
at the northern fringe of Portmarnock. Further, 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.
Adjacent to Portmarnock is a narrow beach which extends onto a sandy peninsula with
beaches on all sides. Portmarnock's beach is nicknamed The Velvet Strand due to the
beautiful smooth sand along the beach, and is popular with wind- and kite-surfers.
Portmarnock's beach was the starting point for two important pioneering flights.
On 23 June 1930 Australian aviator Charles Kingsford Smith and his crew took off
in the Southern Cross (aircraft) on the second, westbound transatlantic flight (to
Newfoundland, then they continued on to Oakland, California, completing a circumnavigation
of the world. The first solo westbound transatlantic flight began from Portmarnock
beach as on 18 August 1932 Jim Mollison, a British pilot, took a de Havilland Puss
Moth from Portmarnock to Pennfield Ridge, New Brunswick,Canada. (Ref: Shooting Suns
and Things:transatlantic fliers at Portmarnock, Desmond Gallagher.
Like many of Dublin's coastal settlements, Portmarnock is home to a Napoleonic Martello
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 its accompanying hotel are built around
the former home of the Jameson distilling family.
The sandy peninsula to the south of the village is home to Portmarnock Golf Club,
which has hosted many golf tournaments, including the 1991 Walker Cup and the Irish
Open on many occasions.