Malahide, County Dublin, Ireland – 2019 International Finalist
Malahide (Mullach Íde) is a beautiful, coastal Village situated approximately 18 km north-east of Dublin city, in Fingal, Ireland. Attractive shops, restaurants and cafes are centered on a crossroads, with extensive residential areas to the south, southeast and west. Beside the village is one of Fingal’s largest leisure facilities, a regional park comprising of the Malahide Castle and its demesne. Malahide is surrounded by two protected estuaries, a sandy beach and a small marina.
Location and Transport
Malahide is in an ideal location 20 minutes from the main Dublin airport and 25 minutes from the City Centre, it has a train station and is served by the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) and Northern Rail. Three bus routes connect it to neighboring towns and 2 bike companies provide bike hire.
The population is about 17,000 and Malahide has a well-developed community with a broad range of established clubs and societies. There are 3 churches within the village area with a fourth in Seabury, a large residential area built in the 1980s.
Malahide won the overall Tidy Towns award for Ireland in 1990 and remained the only Dublin town ever to win the Tidy Towns up until 2017. Malahide continues to win a Gold Medal every year in the Tidy Towns competition due to its dedicated Tidy Towns volunteers and supportive community.
Historically, Malahide was a fishing village known for its Mussels and its Herring fish, the latter of which was written about by Dean Swift. A detailed History of Malahide has been captured by the Malahide Historical Society and can be found on their website www.malahideheritage.com.
Malahide Estuary has been designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and a Special Protection Area (SPA) under the EC Habitats Directive due to its importance to wild bird populations and its importance as a wetland.
Malahide Castle and demesne dominate north Malahide and the in the public and private gardens can be seen a fabulous variety of plants collected over the decades by Lord Milo de Talbot. Heritage glass houses have been renovated, one of which contains a magnificent butterfly collection.