Dún Laoghaire is an amazing and picturesque place, and my favourite day-break journey on a good day.
Most people coming to the seaside town don’t really go much further beyond the train station and the walk down the pier. The Forty Foot rock, however, is right nearby and to me seems another curious thing to do and see. To reach it, just walk a little longer along the Sandycove promenade, and you will find a truly Irish experience – people jumping in the ice-cold water (it is ice-cold all year round, I checked!) and sunbathing, no matter the temperature outside.
Sometimes the sight of people swimming, rain or shine, makes me shiver already, and a part of me is jealous of how the Irish people never feel cold. It is indeed something for the bravest at heart, but if you’re not up for having a dip, you can just sit at the rocks with a book or start some small talk with people around. For a more cultural experience, there’s also the James Joyce tower right nearby, mentioned in Ulysses and now hosting a small museum.