The new publication of ‘The Martello Towers of Dublin’ was jointly launched by by Fingal and Dun Laoghaire County Councils at both County Halls on Tuesday 10th July. The launch was preceded by the inaugural firing of the cannon recently mounted on No 14 Tower at Seapoint.

Seapoint Martello Tower by Rob Goodbody, July 2012

The Martello Towers of Dublin book is the result of a research project which explores the stories of the 26 towers and 10 batteries stretching from Balbriggan to Bray, traced from their Mediterranean origins up to the 21st century. Their history begins among the wars between the great European powers, describing the original ‘Martello Tower’ that was the inspiration, but surprisingly not the architectural model for the Martello Towers which would subsequently be built on five continents between 1796 and 1917.

Bolton, J., Carey, T., Goodbody, R. & Clabby, G. (2012) The Martello Towers of Dublin. Dublin. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown & Fingal County Council.