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Howth (pronounced to rhyme with both; known as Binn Éadair in Irish) is a generally affluent residential area in the County of Fingal (part of the former County Dublin), Ireland. Originally just a small fishing village, Howth is now a busy suburb of Dublin. It is one of the northern termini of the DART suburban rail system. The village of Howth spans most of the northern part of Howth Head, a Peninsula which is connected to the rest of Fingal via a narrow strip of land (or tombolo) at nearby Sutton. In the past, Howth could become isolated from the mainland during stormy weather and high tides.
The island of Ireland’s Eye, part of the Howth Estate, lies about a kilometre north of Howth harbour, with Lambay Island some 5 km further to the north. A Martello tower exists on each of these islands with another tower overlooking Howth harbour (opened as a visitor centre and Ye Olde Hurdy-Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio on June 8th 2001 ) and another tower at Red Rock, Sutton. These are part of a series of towers built around the coast of Ireland during the 19th century. At the south-east corner of Howth Head is the automated Baily Lighthouse. Howth is a popular area for birdwatching and sailing, and is also a mecca for anglers. Anything from cod to ray can be caught from Howth’s rocky shore marks.