Photographer's Note

Pictured here is Loreto Abbey, an imposing granite castellated building which overlooks the sea in the South Dublin suburb of Dalkey.

The building is a school which was founded under the auspices of the Sisters of Loreto. the Sisters of Loreto is a member of the institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary which was founded in the 17th century. The Irish branch was founded in 1821 by Frances Teresa Ball who was a native of Dublin.

She was famed for founding another institution also known as Loreto Abbey in Rathfarnham in South Dublin, a sprawling complex of beautiful Georgian buildings which has since closed down and now lies empty.

The Loreto abbey pictured here was designed by Frances Teresa Ball herself, and first opened its doors to its students in 1843.

When it was founded, Dalkey was a small fishing village, but also acted as the port for Dublin city as the River Liffey in Dublin was not wide enough to accommodate larger ships. As a result, Dalkey was home to a number of castles and castellated homes which were used to store goods until they were transported into the city. 2 of the 7 original castles remain in the quaint town, with one of them; Goat Castle, being open to the public as a town hall and visitors centre.

Today of course, the landscape has changed and this school is now surrounded by extravagant houses owned by the wealthy. It still commands an imposing position looking out over the sea and the many large ships that now travel to the modern Dublin Port in the north inner city.

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Additional Photos by Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4177 W: 26 N: 9240] (33774)
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