The first time I saw it, I remember thinking ‘why is that there?’ and pondering how out of place it looked. Marino Casino is the definition of juxtaposition. When it was first built in the 1700s, I’m sure its location made a lot of sense. There wasn’t much else around, and the Earl of Charlemont was sure to have people staring (his ultimate goal). The thing about it now is that it’s currently overtaken by the modern (and less attractive) world. Most tourists don’t know that this place exists, or they might think it’s an actual casino. Nope, there is no gambling going on here. The name is derived from Italian, meaning ‘small house by the sea’.
I was lucky enough to be shown this by my native Dublin boyfriend, who is aware of my nerdy love of history. He’s from the North side, where the Casino is located, and most people around there are pretty much used to its presence. I had no idea it was there. I’m glad I’ve discovered it, though, and can share it with you! The history of the place is very interesting and the tour is cheap. The Casino Marino has a lot of tricks up its sleeves, so it’s very much worth your $$. Check out its website for more exact details: http://www.fairview-marino.com/marino-casino. After that…GO VISIT!
*** Sorry guys, this photo isn’t my property either. I got it off Google. Left my camera charger in Co. Kerry, so that has made taking pictures a little difficult!