Clontarf Castle Hotel
Clontarf Castle Hotel
Junior Suite
Fahrenheit Dining Room


Clontarf Castle Story

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It’s the people who have lived, loved and laughed here that enrich the experience. They have shaped and moulded what Clontarf Castle is; from Brian Boru to the Vernon’s to Handel & the wonderful premiere in Ireland of his famous work Messiah to the Clontarf locals and our visitors from far and wide .... Clontarf Castle has seen generations of celebrations played out within these historic walls, a building where the richness of the old enriches the new.....

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The history behind the name Clontarf

Battle of Clontarf

Good Friday, 1014

Brian Boru

Picture the Scene: hoards of Viking warriors driven from Clontarf Strand by Brian Boru, High King of Ireland.

They would ultimately have their revenge: the legendary warlord would be slain as he knelt in prayer, close to where Clontarf Castle stands today.

George Frideric Handel

1685 - 1759

George Frederic Handel

Regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Baroque era, Handel was a regular guest at the castle during the Dublin premiere of his famous work Messiah.

Captivated by Dorothy "Dolly" Vernon, lady of Clontarf Castle's charms, Handel would compose Forest Music in her honour.

Dolly's legacy would be remembered in the christening of Dollymount, one of Clontarf's finest neighbourhoods.

Joseph Mallord William Turner

Joseph Mallord William Turner

1775 - 1851

Dating from circa 1816/7 this depiction of Clontarf Castle is the artist's only known Irish work. Resident and country squire John Vernons daughter Maria Sophia was then wife of turner's patron Walter Fawkes. Some say Turner (who is not thought to have visited Dublin) painted the piece as a reminder for Maria Sophia of her beloved childhood home in Dublin.

Abraham "Bram" Stoker

1847 - 1912


Irish Author, best known for his 1897 world famous Gothic novel... "Dracula"

Just a short walk away from Clontarf Castle Hotel sits an elegant townhouse with a bright red door.

It was inside 15 The Crescent that a child's imagination began to swirl around dark and eerie Gothic tales, learned at bedtime by his mother's rocking chair. Born in 1847 and author of Dracula, Bram Stoker remains one of the most famous Clontarf residents in history today.


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