Category: Featured News

Irish Coast Paddling Championships 2019

The Irish Coast Paddling Championships is Ireland’s first international Surfski, Kayak and Ocean Canoe race.

The event will provide a 20km sea course from Greystone to Dun Laoghaire or vica versa on Sat 28th September at 12noon.

Spectators are welcome to watch the event from the East Pier and cheer the entrants along.

Find out more at https://www.irishcoastpaddling.com/

Christmas Parties at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Dun Laoghaire Harbour welcomes a season of 1920’s themed Christmas parties to the harbour this winter.

Kicking off on 30th November the parties are open to groups of 8+ guests or the event can be block booked for 400 – 1,000 guests.

Tickets start from €59 and visitors should expect the following

  • Spectacular Theming & scenery.
  • World Class troupe of Entertainers including Jazz Dancers and Acrobats
  • Delicious Hot & Cold Canapés
  • Superb Three Course Dinner
  • Interactive Dessert Stations, Cheese Buffet and Coffee Bar
  • Professional Photographer *
  • Professional Production & Set Lighting
  • State of the Art Disco with Intelligent Lighting
  • Dodgems *
  • Charity Casino including Blackjack and Roulette *
  • Christmas Crackers
  • Full Event Management
  • Free Car Parking
  • On-Site Security
  • Free Cloakroom
  • and Survivors Breakfast!

 

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind – Summer Collection

 

A very big thank you to the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, Dun Laoghaire group & the Dublin Ukulele Collective.

The IGDB have sent us some photos from their annual collection on the East Pier, what a beautiful sunny day.

The Dublin Ukulele Collective can certainly draw a crowd !

A big thanks to all involved .

 

Supporting sustainable transport at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Two new Electric Vehicle Charging Spaces are now in operation at the start of the East Pier in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

The Charging Mechanism was donated by Volvo Cars Ireland as part of their sponsorship of the 2019 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta.

The parking spaces are provided by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. 

Another initiative to encourage & support sustainable transport are a new set of bike racks.

The racks are located adjacent to the start of the west pier in the coal harbour ( beside the Harbour Splash area).

A very big thanks to all involved in getting these initiatives up and running.

They are open and free to all visitors to the harbour.  

 

Home Boats Make Ireland’s biggest sailing event a Local Success

Sunday 14th July 2019

 

Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, 13 July 2019: G1 Glenshesk (One Design) skippered by Michael Reid competing in Glen representing Royal St George Yacht Club (left) IR553 Twocan (One Design) skippered by David Freeman competing in Shipman representing Royal St George Yacht Club G18 Glen (One Design) skippered by Mike Stephens competing in Glen representing Strangford Lough Yacht Club 798 Sidewinder (One Design) skippered by Rupert Westrup competing in Squib representing Royal St George Yacht Club at the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta where a record entry of more than 500 boats has entered. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport
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Ireland’s largest sailing event, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, came to a gentle close this afternoon after an exciting four days of racing in Dublin Bay with 500 boats and almost 2,500 sailors competing.

A light northerly breeze of six knots allowed organisers to complete nearly all 290 scheduled races with many class titles hanging on the outcome of today’s final race.

Dublin Yacht Club’s shared the bulk of the overall prizes, awarded this afternoon at the official prize giving at the Royal Irish Yacht Club, winning 19 of the 34 classes including the coveted ‘Boat of the Week’ Trophy.

 

David Gorman’s Flying Fifteen ‘Betty’ from the National Yacht Club was named top boat after leading an extremely competitive 24–boat one design fleet with seven race wins in a ten race series.

A final challenge by John Maybury on the Centre Course today in the single race sailed enabled the Royal Irish J109 Sailor to successfully retain his IRC One crown in a highly competitive 26-boat fleet.

In a summer of achievements for Maybury, his Class One defence follows four consecutive class wins of IRC National Championship victories, the 2019 win coming on Dublin Bay last month. Today’s victory was Maybury’s fifth VDLR class win in a row winning first in 2011.

 

The 28-boat IRC offshore prize was won by Seamus Fitzpatrick’s First 50, Mermaid also of the Royal Irish.

Seven classes included the regatta as part of their championship calendar in 2019: GP14s, 420s and Mermaid dinghies raced for Leinster honours. The SB20s decided regional titles and the Sigma 33s and Beneteau 21s raced for national trophies.

The biennial event is being hailed an enormous success both afloat and ashore for a combined fleet of 498 boats, the biggest on the Irish Sea. Over 290 races on five different courses were staged in a range of light to medium conditions since racing began last Thursday.

Although 230 visiting boats made up nearly half the fleet, yachts from outside the bay area took away only 11 trophies up from seven two years ago. The bulk of the silverware has stayed in Dublin.

Trophies were awarded in each of the 34 competing classes this afternoon, bringing the curtain down on one of the most successful stagings of Ireland’s biggest sailing event that eclipsed 2017’s 470-boat fleet.

Scotland’s Cove Sailing Club took a win in the Sigma 33 Irish open Championships. Howth Yacht Club had six wins in IRC two, two B, RC35 and, the Howth 17s, and non–spinnaker division 1 but outside of that there was only a single win for Belfast Lough in IRC 3, Rush Sailing Club in the Laser Radial and Greystones Sailing Club won both the Wayfarers and IRC Zero.

 

UK Olympic Gold Medalist Mike McIntyre won the RS Elite Championships that was run as part of the Regatta and the British Sailing Star was also awarded the Regatta’s best visiting boat award.

In Dun Laoghaire, the Royal Irish Yacht Club topped the leaderboard winning eight classes from IRC keelboats to Water Wag dinghies.The Royal St. George had six wins. The National Yacht Club had four victories and the DMYC had two.

 

Full results are available on www.dlregatta.org.

 

The Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta is Ireland’s biggest sailing event and a great festival of sailing across the waterfront and Dun Laoghaire town as four sailing clubs come together for the biennial event; Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club, Royal St. George Yacht Club and National Yacht Club. 

  

For more information see www.dlregatta.org or find Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

ENDS

For further information contact:

Lydia McDermott, FleishmanHillard, 085 7138810 E: lydia.mcdermott@fleishmaneurope.com 

Darragh Collins, FleishmanHillard, 087 7694515 E: Darragh.collins@fleishmaneurope.com 

Bin it to win it – Eco Friendly Beatyard 2019

 

Beatyard are doing various new initiatives this year , and continuing/improving some they did last year.

Eco Bricks is a new thing they are bringing in, and they are going to build some parts of their site with them. Their  ‘Bin It To Win It’ campaign, whereby folks at the festival collect rubbish for us, that we can reuse, you get a free pint per bag you fill !

 https://www.the-beatyard.com/community/

Another initiative is ‘free tickets for carers’ . Over the last 2 years at the festival in particular Beatyard got alot of emails from carers re access, acts etc for the festival, so last year Beatyard have brought in a policy of ‘free tickets for carers with the people they are caring for’ .

This year they are extending that to ‘everyone who is a carer’ – eg you may want to come to Beatyard for a day off for example. If you email them  and tell them who your caring for – they will sort you a ticket.

So whether its make the festival more environmentally friendly [ by being on a yard and not distributing nature, we’ve a big head start on most festivals ] or working more with their local community/carers/organisation – they are committed to making Beatyard a positive part of any place where it drops it’s anchor 🙂

Final reminder on the weekend ticket offer we’re doing this week, only applies to weekend tickets.

– enter the promo code “beatyard33” when buying weekend tickets to get 33% off: www.the-beatyard.com/tickets

– ends Sunday June 30th @ midnight

Tickets for the daily boat parties, and after parties in Lighthouse & Wigwam are on sale now on Eventbrite, lineups announced very soon