Located around ten miles outside of Dublin’s city centre is Dun Laoghaire, an old seaside town that was originally a fort. In the late 1800s, it was a popular Victorian seaside town, often enjoying visits from the residents of Dublin who wanted a break from city life. Nowadays, it is just as popular but for different reasons with Fitzpatrick’s Casino being just one of the things people head there for. Open from 10 in the morning until late, this member of the Casino Group offers all of the games you’d want to play but in electronic form.
If you are the sort of person that likes to take advantage of special events, offers and promotions then membership to the Fitzpatrick Group is a must. As well as being able to enter the casinos you’ll also be in with a chance of winning money on a daily and monthly basis when they do their prize draws. All you need to do to become a member is head to the casino with some suitable ID and they’ll sort the rest.
Fitzpatrick’s Casino Dun Laoghaire
94 George's Street Lower, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, A96 W5E5, Ireland
As with all of the Fitzpatrick Casinos, the slots at the Dun Laoghaire branch are the real draw. They are some of the best and most modern in Europe and the most popular American machines have also been brought over for your amusement and entertainment. As well as five-reel devices there are also video machines and the slots are linked to big jackpots, as shown on big screen throughout the venue.
There are no table games at the Dun Laoghaire branch, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play some of the more popular casino games. There are electronic versions of everything and that includes a computerised Blackjack.
The electronic roulette at the Fitzpatrick Casino in Dun Laoghaire is excellent. The computers are ranged around a large wheel that does everything automatically, meaning you don’t need to engage in rubbish small talk with people that you don’t know if you don’t want to. The computer will even take care of remembering which chips are yours and how much you’ve won when the ball lands where you want it to.
Much like with the rest of the Fitzpatrick Casino Group, the main game other than electronic machines is a wheel of fortune type thing, through which you can win some money if everything goes your way.
The only poker here is of the computerised variety, so you won’t be able to do that cool thing where you spin chips over all of your fingers before chucking them onto the table. It’s still fun, though, and the computer does all the hard work of figuring out what hand you’ve got and how much you need to bet.
Bars & Restaurants
The Fitzpatrick Casino Group doesn’t really do bars and restaurants, instead opting for snack machines and places where you can make a nice warm drink or a soft drink. They’re complimentary for people gambling, though.
Take a driving licence, passport and a recent utility bill along to the club when you go for the first time (though you can also do it at a later date, if you forget) and tell them that you want to become a member. They’ll guide you through the rest of the joining process.
There is a Loyalty Scheme on offer for members that sees you gain points each time you gamble. The more points you amass the more awards you receive; it really is that simple.
The Fitzpatrick Casino is located just down from the Dun Laoghaire, about 30 seconds from Saint Michael’s Hospital. The Dun Laoghaire Art Gallery is also only just down the road and the Pavilion Theatre is moments away. Essentially Dun Laoghaire is quite a small place and everything from the Royal Irish Yacht Club through to the National Maritime Museum of Ireland is within a stone’s throw from the club.
If you’re a fan of public transport then you’ll be delighted with the location of the Fitzpatrick Casino in Dun Laoghaire. It’s around two-minutes from the town’s main railway station, whilst Sandycove & Glasthule Train Station is within walking distance. There’s also the Sandycove & Glasthule Dart Stop, should that be of more interest to you. If you prefer to get the bus than the train or Dart then there are loads of bus stops knocking about too. Almost opposite the casino is the Bloomfield Shopping Centre Bus Stop, with York Road Bus Stop, Saint Michael’s Terrace and Upper George Street Number One Stop all within easy walking distance. Of course if you’re really interested in the jet-setting lifestyle then you could always dock your speed boat in the Dun Laoghaire harbour and walk down to the club from there.