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Dun Laoghaire Harbour, co Dublin, Ireland

The harbour, one of the largest in the country, and base for a major car ferry route to the United Kingdom, is notable for its two granite piers. The East Pier is particularly popular with walkers, and was featured in the 1996 movie Michael Collins, where Liam Neeson (as Collins) and two of his co-stars are seen walking along a seaside promenade, which is actually the Dún Laoghaire East Pier. A band is seen playing on a bandstand in this movie scene, and this is the actual bandstand on the East Pier. In July 2007, the bandstand, which stood for decades, was removed, and a restoration project was begun by the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company in order to return it to its original condition.

It took 42 years to construct the harbour, from 1817 to 1859. The obelisk near the old ferryport terminal at the harbour commemorates the construction of this harbour.

A lighthouse is located at the end of the East Pier, while the new headquarters of the Commissioners of Irish Lights (the General Lighthouse Authority for Ireland) is located on Harbour Road.

South of the harbour is Scotsman's Bay, where there was a Victorian seaside amusement area, with walks, shelters and baths. The walks and shelters are largely intact but the Dún Laoghaire Baths have been derelict for many years. Plans for restoration of this area are much debated, and some of the more ambitious ideas have been highly controversial.

The National Maritime Museum of Ireland is housed in "Mariners' Church", which formerly served the British Navy, and is situated in the town centre, alongside a spiral walk, pond and public bowling ground. Mariners' Church is currently undergoing major refurbishment.

A Carnegie public library, with a modern extension, is located on Library Road, and hosts the county library headquarters.
A traditional Victorian-style park, the People's Park, is located at the remote end of George's Street, and including still-functioning tea rooms.

At least one traditional "cabman's shelter" survives - these were small buildings built for the drivers of horse-drawn taxis.
Community facilities include the Boylan Community Centre, the Dún Laoghaire Scout Den, and a community information service in the tower building of St. Michael's Church.

There is a Martello tower in nearby Sandycove, known as the James Joyce Tower and containing a small museum.

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