Irish College of English – Portmarnock
Like our Malahide branch, our Dublin English School in Portmarnock is also a small coastal village in North County Dublin. Portmarnock is home to one of the finest blue flag beaches in Dublin and the world famous Portmarnock Golf Club. Just 15 minutes from Dublin airport and with excellent bus and rail links to Dublin city centre (just 20 minutes to Dublin city centre by train), Portmarnock is an ideal location for a language stay.
Portmarnock is a peaceful coastal village just 20 minutes from Dublin City. With a beautiful, long sandy beach and stunning views of Dublin bay and Lambay Island, it is a perfect place to relax and close enough to the city to enjoy everything Dublin has to offer. Portmarnock also boasts two world class golf courses and and a large sports and leisure centre with a swimming pool, tennis courts and many other sport options.
Portmarnock’s beach is nicknamed the Velvet Strand due to the beautiful smooth sand along the beach, and is popular with windsurfers and kite surfers.
Portmarnock’s beach was the starting point for two important pioneering flights. on 23 June 1930 Australian aviator Charles Kingsford Smith and his crew took off in the Southern Cross (aircraft) on the second westbound transatlantic flight (to Newfoundland, then they continued on to Oakland, California, completing a circumnavigation of the world. Jim Mollison made the first solo westbound transatlantic flight from Portmarnock beach on 18 August 1932 to Pennfield Ridge, New Brunswick, Canada.
Like many of Dublin’s coastal settlements, Portmarnock is home to a Napoleonic tower.
Portmarnock is famous for its world class golf course which opened on December 26 1894 and another world class links course designed by German golfer Bernhard Langer opened in 1992. Portmarnock has hosted the Walker Cup and Irish Open.
Portmarnock is also home to a Tennis Club, Soccer Club, GAA Club and a large Sports Centre with 16 sporting activities. Portmarnock is also home to one Ireland’s top Pitch and Putt courses.