08 August 2010

A walk along the cliffs of Portrane and Donabate

A beautiful summer Sunday afternoon on the beach at Donabate (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2010)

Patrick Comerford

It was good to back in the Church of Saint John the Evangelist in Sandymount this morning. This is a church with a unique tradition within the Church of Ireland, and the faithful parishioners there are always warmly welcoming and generous in their hospitality.

After the Sung Eucharist and coffee, I headed north to Fingal for a walk on some of the prettiest but quietest beaches and one of the best cliff walks in north county Dublin.

Last week, during the great fundraising sale in Portrane, I had a number of walks on the beach, below The Quay. So this afternoon, stopping at Tower Bay in Portrane, I headed south and walked the length of the cliff beside the hospital, above the coves and caves, towards Portrane.

A few yachts and sailboats were out and on the calm seas between Lambay Island and Malahide, and plenty of people were enjoying the cliff walk. But it was surprising how few people were on the beach at Balcarrick ... a few children, a handful of adults. After a week of warm but overcast weather on the east coast, this was a sun-filled day with blue skies and few clouds.

After a late lunch in the Waterside House Hotel, I walked back along the cliffs towards Tower Bay, and called in so to see my cousin Mary Lynders at The Quay. The marquee is still up after the sale last weekend, and Mary is still delighted with that over €30,000 was raised over three days to help projects in Romania and Albania.

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