I awoke on the morning of the Howth journey to sunshine streaming through my curtains. Having met Chloë in Dublin city, we hopped on to the DART at Pearse Street, and within a half hour, had arrived at our seaside destination.
Our first stop of the day was Ireland’s Eye, a small, uninhabited island located directly north of Howth Harbour. Once we’d climbed aboard the Christmas Eve, part of the Ireland’s Eye Ferries fleet, our tour guide Ken pointed out some of the island’s famous features. We admired an eighth century monastic ruin, and one of the 26 Martello towers that are dotted along the Dublin coast. Built in the nineteenth century as defensive forts, these towers stand over 12 metres high and have thick walls to withstand attack by cannon