Sandycove - County Dublin

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    A mile south of Dún Laoghaire, the Martello Tower (April-Oct Mon-Sat 10am-1pm & 2-5pm, Sun 2-6pm; £2.40/€3.04) is SANDYCOVE 's most prominent feature . James Joyce spent some time here with his friend Oliver St John Gogarty, whom he later transformed into Buck Mulligan in Ulysses . The tower itself is on the seafront and is a quick and pleasant walk from the station: opposite the station entrance take Islington Avenue down to the seafront where the tower stands next to an extraordinary bit of 1930s modern seaside building - "Geragh", a house built by Michael Scott, architect of Busáras , and some of the small number of Dublin's other modernist buildings. On the seaward side of the tower is the Forty Foot Pool - named not for its size but because the 40th Foot Regiment of the British army used to be stationed in a battery above it. For many years it was a men-only swimming hole where nude bathing was the rule; now that women are allowed, although you seldom see them, it's strictly "togs required - by order", as the notice says. The hardier swimmers use this rocky, natural swimming pool all year round, and the hardiest of them all at the traditional Christmas-morning dip

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