Rush is a diminutive town, situated on the east coast of Ireland. Located just 27 km away from County Dublin, Rush can be reached within 20 minutes from the Dublin airport. Before serving as the commuter belt town to Dublin, Rush was popular as a centre of market gardening. Life in Rush can be traced back to Neolithic times. Passage grave and cist located off the Skerries Road, stand as evidence of that period. Bronze or Iron Age civilizations also flourished in Rush, which is evident from Drumanagh, a gigantic fort in the northern part of the town.
St. Maur’s Chapel, which is situated in Whitestown Cemetery, dates back to the Anglo-Norman times. It is believed to be built by French navigators in the honour of Saint Maurus. Presently, the chapel houses Fingal Arts Centre that holds exhibits of artwork and crafts. Other than historical attractions, this town is also famous for its natural and scenic beauty. For beach lovers, be it families or sunbathers, beaches situated at the north and south of the harbour are ideal spots for indulging in different beach activities. Of the two beaches in the town, south beach is most popular among kite surfers and joggers.
Situated towards south of Rush, Rogerstown Estuary is celebrated amongst the ornithologists around the world. Spread over an area of 900 acres, this estuary is made up of saltwater marshes, grasslands, wet meadows and riverine shallows as well as creeks. Flocks of Brent, Shelduck, Wigeon and Teal are a common sight in this wildfowl sanctuary. Lapwing, Curlew, Oystercatchers Golden Plover, Knot, Dunlin and Black-tailed Godwit can also be spotted by visitors in this sanctuary. Autumn species like Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and Ruff are also regulars in Rogerstown.
Off the east coast, Rush overlooks at mystique Lambay Island which was once an active volcano. The island that is owned by Martin Breyer family since 1530, houses an old castle, a village of cottages, a communal hall and two family houses. Lambay Island is inhabited by over 50,000 Common Guillemots, 5,000 Kittiwakes, 3,500 Razorbills and 2,500 pairs of Herring Gulls. Mammals like Grey Seals, herd of 200 fallow deer and wallabies can also be spotted on the island. Internationally, Lambay Island is famed as a designated nature conservation site, where visitors can see the biggest seabird colony in Ireland.
Sports amenities in Rush have developed with the opening of clubs like Naomh Maur GAA club, Rush Sailing Club, Rush Cricket Club and Rush Fight Academy. The town also boasts Rush Golf Club and Rush Drama Society that have increased the opportunities for locals as well as visitors to enjoy different sports and activities. Apart from sports clubs, art and music groups like Rush Art Group, St. Maur’s Pipe Band and Fingal Chamber Choir can also be found in the town.
Besides, the commuter suburban trains and buses connect Rush to Dublin, hence making it easier and convenient to reach the town. Tourist attractions, easy modes of transport, friendly people and beautiful surroundings, have all contributed towards making Rush favourite destination among people living in or visiting Ireland.
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