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Area: 921 sq km
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The county of Dublin, situated by the east coast of Ireland, is now properly referred to as the Dublin Region following an administrative change in 1994, which divided the original county into several smaller ones - Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin. However, many local people and organisations still observe the old county boundaries, which stretch from the fishing village of Balbriggan in the north to the wild and wonderful Wicklow Mountains in the south. The city of Dublin, Ireland's capital, dominates the region. A thriving commercial, financial and business centre, Dublin captivates visitors with its unique mix of green spaces, historic sights and great shopping, its rich literary heritage and a vibrant nightlife based in the cultural quarter of Temple Bar. A few miles south is the coastal town of Dun Laoghaire. Overlooked by scenic hillsides, this is a favourite spot for yachting and surfing and a bustling port with a ferry service to the UK. The smaller seaside towns of the Dublin Region are just as welcoming with golden beaches and rocks made for climbing, delightful walks along the edge of the Irish Sea, where it's not unusual to spot seals, good eating and drinking, and plenty of fishing opportunities. Malahide, Howth and Skerries are well-known for sailing and golf, while the hill at Killiney affords dramatic views over the bay and way beyond. History lovers might well explore the ancient town of Swords with its 13th Century castle, Argillan Castle - an 18th Century manor house at Balbriggan, the old mills at Skerries and the megalithic stones at the inland heritage village of Saggart. Tallaght, nearby, is home to a huge wildfowl population at Tymon Park. Other attractions in the region include the beautiful spring gardens of Lucan, a town which also hosts a popular kids' adventure centre.

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