Photographer: Mares, Frederick H
Medium: Photographic print
"Kingston was formerly a small hamlet, known by the Irish name of Dunleary, or the Fort of Leary. It was not until the advent of George the Fourth, in 1821, that the town acquired its present name. From that period it gradually rose in character and position, and was soon recognised as the fashionable watering place by the nobility and the gentry of the Irish metropolis...The town itself principally consists of one long street, but the buildings, picturesquely mingling with the protruding granite rocks, are now extended for about two miles in every direction, and under every modification of street, terrace, and place - of cottage, hall, villa, and castle; so that, popularly speaking, Kingstown may now be said to embrace not only what was formerly known as Dunleary, but the localities of Monkstown on the one hand, and of Sandycove, Bullock, and Dalkey on the other...As may be expected in this fashionable watering place, there are many attractions in the way of pleasure. In the summer there are military bands, archery meetings, flower shows, bazaars, and other attractions of a similar nature, and of frequent occurrence."
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of Dublin' by F H Mares