For over 150 years a regular ferry service has crossed the Irish Sea between Dún Laoghaire and Holyhead in Wales. Originally the London and North Western Railway constructed packet ships to ply between Holyhead and what was then Kingstown. One of the blackest days in the history of the ferry service occurred on 10 October 1918 when the RMS Leinster, on route from Kingstown to Holyhead, was torpedoed and sunk by a U boat sixteen miles out from the Harbour with the loss of over 500 lives.
The car ferry vessels, introduced in the early 1960’s, catered primarily for the car tourist and operated from St Michael’s Pier. The mail boats continued to operate from the Carlisle Pier which had the terminal at that point. The St Columba, which was Sealink’s flagship on the Irish Sea, was introduced on the route in 1977 and could accommodate 2400 passengers and 335 cars with a travel time of three and a half hours.
In 1995 a new terminal was established on Carlisle Pier and the HSS Stena Explorer was introduced on the route. This ship travels at 40 knots completing the journey in 99 minutes and has a capacity of 1500 passengers and 350 cars.
Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI); A fine granite boathouse was erected in 1861 at the root of the East Pier to house the Kingstown lifeboat. Over the years many lives have been saved by the brave actions of the men and women of the (RNLI). A stone memorial on the East Pier was erected to the fifteen crewmen who lost their lives when their lifeboat capsized on Christmas Eve 1895.
The Irish Nautical College and Training school was based in this building at the root of the West Pier from 1951 to 1975. Subsequently the Commissioners of Irish Lights leased the building until 1986 as a training centre for members of the service. In keeping with this tradition Roinn na Mara opened the premises as a Marine Activity Centre in June 1989 to provide a facility for training in sailing and other water sports, safety training courses and lectures on marine matters. There are at present three organisations – the Dún Laoghaire Vocational Educational Committee, the Irish National Sailing School and the
Irish Youth Sailing Club – operating from the Centre. (The two latter organisations being Irish Sailing Association recognised teaching establishments).
Our group is identified as 8ú Calafort, Cuan Dún Loaghaire, Gasóga Mara (8th Port of Dublin, Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Sea Scouts Group) and also by the national identity of 39th Dublin, Sea Scout Group). Sea Scout groups traditionally use the Sea Scouting identity rather than the national identity. We meet in the Sea Scout Den on the West Pier in Dún Loaghaire, opposite the DMYC.
In 8ú Calafort members receive an excellent grounding in seamanship in addition to the other outdoor skills and sporting activities normally associated with scouting such as hillwalking and camping.
In addition to being a Sea Scout Group our group was also founded as an Irish speaking group. Although the group has not managed to maintain the original aim of being fully Irish speaking the use of the Irish language is actively encouraged. We continue to use the language where possible e.g. for boating orders.
In 8ú Calafort we operate 2 Sea Cub ‘Packs’, 2 Sea Scout ‘Troops’ and 1 Venture Scout ‘Unit’.
Please visit www.8ucalafort.org for more information on our group.
Declan Mc Donnell
8ú Calafort Gasóga Mara
There are four waterfront yacht clubs located between the East and West Piers. In addition there are two umbrella Clubs, without premises, the Royal Alfred Yacht Club, founded in 1857, and the Dublin Bay Sailing Club, founded in 1884.
Dublin Bay Sailing Club organises races Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the summer months. The starts and finishes of the yacht racing can be best seen from the vicinity of the Starters Hut on the West Pier.
For more information on sailing in Ireland go to The Irish Sailing Association at www.sailing.ie
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Dun Laoghaire Marina opened on St Patrick’s Day, 2001. Since then the Marina has grown in success and now has capacity for 820 boats. The marina can be accessed 24 hours a day by boats of up to 4m draft. The Marina has berths to suit boats from 6m to 30m in length with a maximum displacement weight of 80 tonnes.
Dun Laoghaire Marina is a Five Gold Anchor rated marina and has everything you would expect from a high standard marina. For more information of the Marina visit www.dlmarina.com