The George IV Memorial was erected near the harbour on Queen’s Road in 1823 to commemorate the King’s visit in 1821 when the construction of the East Pier of Dún Laoghaire harbour was completed. This was also the time when the town of Dunleary was renamed Kingstown (it was not until 1920 that its original name, spelt in gaelic form, was officially adopted).
The George IV memorial also records the laying of the first stone of Dún Laoghaire Harbour in 1817. The obelisk was built at a cost of £550 and was designed by an engineer called Aird.
The inscription says:
To Commemorate the visit of the King to this part of his
dominions and to record that on the 3rd of September 1821
His Majesty in person graciously named this Asylum Harbour
the Royal of Harbour of George IV and on the same day
embarked from hence.
Credit: Simon Coate