Dublin City – Programme Three

Dublin Jim Sherwin 2

"Jim Sherwin explores the north side of his native Dublin"


In this programme, broadcaster Jim Sherwin explored the streets of his native Dublin. The route brought him over familiar ground as he traversed the north side of the city from the Bull Wall in Dollymount along the coast road to the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin Dublin 9. Human history is an ever present companion and distinct pleasure on this city walk and along the way Jim met local Clontarf Heritage historian Collette Gill.

After following the coast along the Clontarf Road Jim reached a crescent of houses which were built in 1792 and stopped at number 15 where on 4th November 1797 Bram Stoker, the creator of Dracula, was born.

Pat Liddy is a local tour guide, very familiar with the history of Marino and explained why Lord Charlemont, who owned all the land in the area, chose to build an architectural wonder “The Casino” in Marino.

After exploring the inside of this extraordinary building, Jim made his way up Griffith Ave and eventually to the National Botanic Gardens where he met curator Paul Maher who took him on a loop around the outskirts of the 50 acre garden site which was established in the late 18th century. Along the way they stopped at the curvilinear range, strolled through the avenue of ancient Yew trees called Addison’s Walk and ended the 8km trek at a new gate which links the Botanic gardens with Glasnevin Cemetery.

You can visit the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland website to find out more.

Other suggested trails in the region:

1. Howth - Black Linn Loop

2. Glasnevin Sli

3. Massey’s Estate - Nature Trail

4. Ticknock - Fairy Castle Loop


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