THE ROCK THAT ST PATRICK THREW AT THE DEVIL
Some time I came across the following story: Saint Patrick was sitting on a rock on Dalkey Hill preaching. The devil appeared to St Patrick and invited him to turn against God. Saint Patrick refused and picked up a big rock which he hurled it at the devil. The rock hit the devil but the rock did not stop until it reached Coliemore harbour. I know that the story is true because I photographed the rock on the last day of April in 2026 and I checked again on the 6th July 2022 and it is still there.
There are several small harbours on the coast of Dalkey. Bulloch Harbour is the biggest; it is towards the northern part of Dalkey at Harbour Road and is a declared seal sanctuary. Coliemore Harbour is smaller and in the southern part of Dalkey at Coliemore Road. In the Middle Ages, Coliemore was the main harbour for Dublin City. Bulloch Harbour is still a working harbour with boats that fish for lobster and crab, and mackerel in season. It is also used by locals and tourists who hire boats for nearby fishing, sightseeing and getting to Dalkey Island.
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