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Lusk, County Dublin

Lusk is small village in County Dublin, which is located on the east coast of Ireland in the province of Leinster. The village that spread over an area of 92 square kilometres is just 23 km north of Dublin city centre. Lusk experiences maritime temperate climate that is characterised by mild winters and cool summers. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year; however, December experiences maximum rains.

The beautiful village derives its name from an Irish word Lusca, which means cave or underground chamber. As per an ancient belief, Lusk is said to owe its name to St. McCullin, who founded a church in the village. Historical significance of the village is that it was known to be the birthplace of CuChulainn’s wife, Emer. During the pre-Christian time, Lusk was called Bregia.

Life in Lusk can be traced back to 450 AD, when St. McCullin inhabited the settlement. According to historians, St. Maur was also associated with the settlement. Ruins of St. Maur’s original church at the top of Whitestown hill are evidence of this fact. During 8th and 9th centuries, Lusk was burned several times by Vikings. Evidence of early Christian foundations can also be seen in the village.

In the 9th century, Christians in Lusk built Round Tower as a defence against Vikings. This tower is the only concrete evidence of early Christian foundation in this Irish village. The Round Tower stands 27 m high and has a total of nine floors including the basement. Main feature of the tower is the flat-headed doorway, which was once 4.57 metres high above the ground. Presently, the doorway is just 1 metre above the ground level.

Adjacent to the Round Tower, Norman Square Tower was built in the 15th century. Norman Square is characterised by three similar towers at its corners. Tombs dating back to medieval times can also be found in the Norman Square Tower. Amongst all, the James Bermingham and the double-effigy tomb of Christopher Barnewell and his wife Marion Sharl are most popular. Owing to the historical significance of the Round Tower, it is one of the prominent tourist attractions in the village.

The Round Tower, medieval belfry and 19th century church together form part of the Lusk Heritage Centre. The magnificent tombs of Norman Square also form part of the medieval belfry in this centre. Exhibition on medieval churches of North County Dublin, which attracts many tourists, is also held in the medieval belfry. The Lusk Heritage Centre is only open between mid June and mid September, from 10 in the morning to 5 in the evening.

Once a plundered village, Lusk is nowadays inhabited by over 5,236 people. This village also accommodates sports amenities like soccer club, GAA club, kick-boxing club and judo club. Ladies club, farmers club, heritage group and a historical society is also present in this Irish village. With its amenities that include golf societies, clubs and theatre for dramatics, along with boasting different tourist attractions, Lusk caters to all kind of visitors.

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