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Balbriggan (Irish: Baile Brigín) is a seaside town of about 20,000 residents at the north end of County Dublin, 32 km north of Dublin city centre. It was a small fishing village until 1780 then grew rapidly as a textile town, processing cotton and linen. When John Wayne hollered at someone to put their balbriggans on, he meant long-johns, traditionally made here; Queen Victoria and the Czarina of Russia also wore them.
The Siege of Balbriggan
In Sept 1920 during the Anglo-Irish war, two police officers were shot dead by the Irish Republican Army in Smyth's Pub here. In revenge, some 100-150 Black and Tans raided the town that night, destroying a factory, 49 houses and four pubs, and two townsmen were beaten to death. The centenary of this event falls on 21 Sept 2020.

Balbriggan nowadays is a commuter town for Dublin. It is a possible base for exploring the city, but even more for sights just across the county boundary to the north and west such as Newgrange. Or at least it would be if it had more accommodation: there's more in Skerries, an attractive little harbour 8 km south along the coast.

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