The Wallabies Of North Dublin


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Photographed on Tuesday by Eoin from Skerries Sea Tours who sez:

Did you know there are wallabies on an Island off the Irish coast in Dublin, at Lambay [the easternmost point of the Republic]? They were put out there in the 80s because Dublin Zoo had too many. We see them on our tours.”


Lambay Island

24 thoughts on “The Wallabies Of North Dublin

  1. Nigel

    That’s amazing.

    (Confined to the island they’re not likely to spread, and presumably any disruption to the local eco-system has reached equilibrium by now. Wonder if anyone’s done a study?)

      1. Nigel

        It’s a relative term. There’s the normal churn and ebb and flow of an eco-system, and then there’s what happens when you let a bunch of mink loose.

  2. serf

    There is great old black and white video of Lord Revelstoke (one of the Baring clan) who owned the island walking around his formal gardens on Lambay with wallabies bouncing around in the background. That would have been in the 1920’s or 30’s. So I dont think these are the first ‘roos in North County Dublin.

      1. woesinger

        Slightly off topic – Bonza Pies on Poolbeg St (bright next to Mulligans) do a fine pie. The pies supposed to be Australian, which is arguable, but they are strong with the OM-NOM.

        And you can buy Tim Tams and Vegemite, if you’re into that sort of thing.

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      ‘TIS true. The little critters were transferred there in hop of a better life than a crowded Dublin Zoo.

  3. Jimmy

    I’ve been lucky enough to visit Lambay once (it’s a private island and the family are very strict on visitors) and it’s an amazing place. Our neighbour used to cull deer on the island and come back with venison for us. As well as there being thousands of rabbits, there is an invasive black rat species originally native to India.

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