The town is named after its founder, the High King of Ireland in the Fifth century - King Laoghaire - who used the area as his sea-fort (Dun) for raiding into Britain and France. This was the King who allowed Saint Patrick travel the land preaching the Christian message.
With festivals virtually every week from the June to September and many in the autumn and winter months, the port-town is now serving as the leisure town adjacent to Dublin city and popular amongst tourists. See our (special offers for Ireland vacations). Quality entertainment is the style of this rapidly developing town which boasts such attractions as the National Maritime Museum of Ireland, the James Joyce Tower and Dun Laoghaire harbour with its East Pier promenade .