Sunday 11 July 2021 - Monkstown

On Sunday 11 July from 2pm Dublin Sketchers will draw out and about Monkstown. Or sketch locally if you prefer.

Please remember to observe covid rules.

Rather than meeting in a cafe or pub, we'll gather in the public seating area outside the row of shops at the top of Carrickbrennan Rd ( across the road from Monkstown Church of Ireland--the most prominent landmark of the village). Coffee available in Monkstown Village. Public toilets also at Seapoint near Martello tower. Free parking on Sunday at Monkstown Dartmouth Station.

If it's your first time, just come along with your materials and paper. Say hello to any fellow sketcher you see. Don't worry if you are late, we usually are!

Monkstown has something for everyone. There are seascapes and views of Howth. There are lots of grand 19c houses and villas including the very splendid Longford Terrace (1850). There's a Martello tower at Seapoint nearby. Monkstown village is rich in religious architecture: Church of Ireland by John Semple (1830 reworking of 18c church) in his highly personal and eccentric style;  a very fine Catholic Church by Pugin & Ashlin (1860); & a Quaker meeting house (1832) on Pakenham Road.

For the antiquarian, 0.5km from the village down Carrickbrennan Road, on the far side of a small roundabout are the ruins of Monkstown Castle (national monument 13c-15c).

If you can't make it to Monkstown, then why not stay local. Maybe try one of Semple's other spiky  churches (there are others in Dorset St--the Black Church, Rathmines, Tallaght, Kiltiernan, Anglesea Rd Donnybrook & Whitechurch). Or something else by Pugin & Ashlin ( Ss Augustine and John, Thomas St or Donnybrook Church).

If you would like your sketch to be added to the website, email it to or post it to the Dublin Sketchers social WhatsApp group if you're on that. If you're on Instagram, use #dublinsketchers. Please edit your image so it is low res and properly oriented for posting.

See you there!