Book Launch: Customs House to Howth Head by Dennis McIntyre

Book Launch: Customs House to Howth Head by Dennis McIntyre

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Customs House to Howth Head

– A History and Guide to the Dublin North Bay Area by Dennis McIntyre –

A newly published historical account of Dublin’s North Bay area will be formally launched on Wednesday, 1 February at Clontarf Castle Hotel, Castle Avenue, Clontarf, starting at 8pm.

Customs House to Howth Head: A History and Guide to the Dublin North Bay Area is author, Dennis McIntyre’s latest contribution to Irish, local, social and cultural history. The trek – from the stately Customs House in the city centre to the wild and charming Howth Head – is documented in all its facets, angles and aspects. Exhaustively researched, the book comes across as both informative and entertaining, in addition to being copiously illustrated with a well-chosen selection of images.

Dennis McIntyre is the previously published author of Meadow of the Bull: A History of Clontarf (1987) and has also written about other aspects of Irish history, such as in Bram Stoker and the Irishness of Dracula (2013) and Irish Nationalism, Irish Republicanism and the 1916 Easter Rising (2016).

This is not just a local history but rather, a series of local histories, covering Dublin’s Customs House and Docklands areas, North Strand, Summerhill, Ballybough, Fairview, Marino, Donnycarney, Clontarf, Killester, Raheny, Kilbarrack, Bayside, Donaghmede, Baldoyle, Sutton and Howth. It has everything that local history should have – and that bit extra.

Customs House to Howth Head: A History and Guide to the Dublin North Bay Area is published by Shara Press. It is available to buy online (RRP €19.99). It will also be on sale on the day of the launch at Clontarf Castle Hotel on 1 February, where the author will be on hand to sign copies. Joe Harrington of Sunshine Radio will provide the keynote address while Ciaran Murphy, of Near FM radio, will perform the introductions.

Dennis McIntyre is an author, historian, tour guide, broadcaster and former teacher. Originally from Sligo, he has lived on the northside of Dublin for a number of years and he has established a reputation as a local historian. In addition to his writing, Dennis McIntyre also serves as founder and director of Dublin North Bay Tourism and the Stoker Dracula Gothic Organisation. Previously published works are also available to buy online – see below.

Bram Stoker and the Irishness of Dracula by Dennis McIntyre

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Bram Stoker and the Irishness of Dracula by Dennis McIntyre

Bram Stoker has long been recognised as a true master of the horror genre and has rightly won acclaim for his creation, Dracula, the world’s most enduring vampire story. However, the inspiration and origin of Stoker’s masterpiece has long bedevilled scholars and devotees alike and, many theories abound, including the plethora of possible Irish influences. Dennis McIntyre has, for many years, been to the fore in espousing Stoker’s Irish identity and, by extension, the Irish influences he brought to bear on his masterpiece. McIntyre’s amazing detective work has brought this hypothesis to a new level, in this timely and splendid publication, in which he expertly explores and analyses these in considerable detail and draws thought-provoking conclusions for the benefit of readers. The author’s expertise too, as a local historian, is clearly evident throughout this valuable publication and, has left no stone unturned in this brilliant contextualisation of events across the full spectrum of 19th century Irish society, to argue his case. ... This is a most welcome volume for both scholars and readers. – John Moore ( International Stoker scholar, connoisseur and bibliophile)
Once in a while, a book comes along that is definitive in its subject matter – this is such a book. The author has unearthed many slants and angles on Dracula’s origin but, of particular interest is the revelations concerning Stoker’s mother’s connections with Longford House and those winding Ox Mountain roads.


Bram Stoker and the Irishness of Dracula by Dennis McIntyre
Non-fiction, literary criticism, Irish history, gothic horror
96 printed pages, illustrated (black & white), paperback
First published in Ireland, in 2013, by The Shara Press
ISBN: 978-0-9523711-1-5


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