Whiterock Beach, Killiney, Dublin, Ireland
Explore #116 - 15th March 2009
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Killiney (Irish: Cill Iníon Léinín, meaning Church of the Daughters of Léinín) is a townland in south County Dublin, Ireland on the outskirts of Dublin city within the administrative area of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County. The area is by the coast, south of neighbouring Dalkey, and north to Shankill area in the most southern outskirt of Dublin.
For many centuries the major part of the district was the property of the Talbot de Malahide family, some of the original followers of the 1170 Norman invasion. By the 19th century, the areas to the north and east of the village were owned by Robert Warren, who developed many of the Victorian residential roads. The Warrens also sold the land required to extend the Dublin and Kingstown Railway to Killiney and ultimately Bray. Killiney beach was a popular seaside destination for Dubliners, and John Rocque's 1757 map shows bath houses near White Rock, on Killiney Beach. The coastline became even more popular once the railway opened, and the opening of Victoria Park in 1887 to commemorate the Queen's visit and the opening of Vico Road in 1889 appear to have increased this popularity further. Manderley Castle was also built in honour of Queen Victoria, but was bought by Donegal singer Enya in 1997.
From 1900 until the late 1940s Killiney remained a near-rural area, despite its proximity to Dublin city. This lack of further development can be traced to the 35% fall in the non-Catholic population of Dublin from 1901 to 1926, followed by the recession caused by the Economic War and the restrictions on nonessential construction during The Emergency from 1939 to 1945.