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Press Statement: Harbour Campus, Dun Laoghaire

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, in accordance with the Harbours Act 2015, was dissolved and responsibility transferred from the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council on the 3rd October 2018.  The Council is currently at early stages of this transition process and are currently working on all operational and related matters with regards to the Harbour on foot of the very recent transfer. 

The original agreement for lease on the buildings associated with the Harbour Innovation Campus project was with the landlord Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company prior to the transfer to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council on 3 October 2018.  This Council welcomed the leasing of the former Ferry Terminal building and the proposed use as an innovation centre.    

The Council granted planning permission for this change of use on 31 July 2018 (http://bit.ly/2ABUI7t)  and following the transfer of the Harbour earlier this month the Council had visited the building and meet with the new leaseholder. Approval in principle to the foreshore application was granted by the Department of Housing Planning and Environment on 1st October 2018 and had been referred to the Chief States Solicitors Office for drafting.  The Council was taken aback at the press release Monday 29th October from the developer with regards to the Harbour Innovation centre. Clearly this is a very disappointing development.

The Council is at the early stages of management of the Harbour and will be preparing a fully integrated plan that benefits the appropriate future development of both the Harbour and the town of Dún Laoghaire and surrounds to ensure that both assets support each other.  The use of the ferry terminal building will, if this project does not proceed, form part of that plan. 

The Council still supports the project and believes it can proceed at this location which would provide a transformative space for business and will also impact so positively on the town of Dun Laoghaire.

 

East Pier Repairs – Update September 2018

The upper deck of the east pier has undergone renovations in the last 7 months since damage caused by storm Emma earlier in the year.

It is hoped that Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company will start to re-open part of the upper level starting from the Battery (end of the east pier).

The reopen will start in the next 3/4 weeks, and continue to open up sections every 2 weeks after that.

The sun shelter will remain closed off for the foreseeable future.

 

On Sale Now – You’d be Filled with Wonder The story of Dun Laoghaire Harbour

You’d be Filled with Wonder The story of Dun Laoghaire Harbour is NOW ON SALE ! 

This unique book was written by local historian Dr Seamus Cannon with support from Grainne O Malley and Colin Scudds. It was designed by Eliane Pearce as a series of 15 bite sized stories highlighting key events in the harbour’s history. Tales of heroism, genius, celebration, tragedy and how the harbour began with a tragic double shipwreck and became the largest construction project of its time in Ireland.

Dún Laoghaire harbour was witness to some of the great historical events of the past two centuries and these moments are captured in vivid color with remarkable illustrations.

https://www.dubraybooks.ie/Youd-be-Filled-with-Wonder-The-story-of-Dun-Laoghaire-Harbour_9780956314192

You’d be filled with wonder, The Story of Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Press Release

The Bicentenary of Dun Laoghaire Harbour, first Children’s Book is released

Dun Laoghaire harbour has caught the imagination of writers, playwrights and poets for two centuries. Countless books have been written recalling the stories of shipwrecks, storms and forgotten heroes to all, but children.
The Blackrock Education Centre, supported by Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, has created a children’s book as a legacy to the future custodians, sailors and visitors to the harbour.
Dun Laoghaire Harbour celebrated its bicentenary in 2017 and to celebrate the enormous impact it has had on the local area the first children’s book about the harbour is now in bookshops entitled:

“You’d be filled with wonder, The Story of Dun Laoghaire Harbour!

This unique book was written by local historian Dr Seamus Cannon with support from Grainne O Malley and Colin Scudds. It was designed by Eliane Pearce as a series of 15 bite sized stories highlighting key events in the harbour’s history. Tales of heroism, genius, celebration, tragedy and how the harbour began with a tragic double shipwreck and became the largest construction project of its time in Ireland.
Dún Laoghaire harbour was witness to some of the great historical events of the past two centuries and these moments are captured in vivid colour with remarkable illustrations.

The book will ignite the imagination of school children along with curious adults and tourists alike. Available for €9.00 in local bookstores and online .

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Notes :

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company is the custodian of Dun Laoghaire Harbour and its team are responsible for the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary Steering Group.

The Steering Group contains – The Patron, Minister Mary Mitchell O Connor T.D., The Combined Yacht Clubs represented by Rob Goodbody, Margaret Dunne at Dalkey Castle Heritage Centre, The National Maritime Museum, Don Mc Manus at Dun Laoghaire Business Improvement District, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, RNLI Dun Laoghaire, The Coal Harbour Users Group, The Pavillion Theatre, TD Sean Barrett, Peter Pearson, Capt. Simon Coate, Chairperson of DLHC Eithne Scott Lennon and DLHC CEO Gerry Dunne.

Blackrock Education Centre – Blackrock Education Centre provides educational services for schools, teachers, parents, educators and members of our community. This includes professional and personal development opportunities and support for teachers and the wider school community.

Courses are offered in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills, all Education Support Services, Universities and Colleges, and Institutes of Education and further training. Many more courses are based on local need and are provided by local educators and interested persons for teachers, schools and the wider community

Dun Laoghaire Harbour welcomes Irelands First Seabin

Marine litter

As the world grapples with the growing problem of marine litter, an 11-year-old Dublin girl is behind a new initiative to combat the issue in Dun Laoghaire. Sea bins, which can remove at least two tonnes of plastic litter per year, have been installed in the harbour.

Posted by RTÉ News on Thursday, May 24, 2018

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To find out more about FlossietheBeachCleaner find out more here .

To get involved in keeping our sea clean join https://www.facebook.com/marchfortheoceandublin/ .

Dun Laoghaire Harbour welcomes Irelands first Seabin

While the sun shone and after months of fundraising by the young, environmentally aware, Flossie Donnelly (11), Ireland’s first Seabin was submerged into Irish waters within Dún Laoghaire Harbour at midday today.

Single use plastics are a real challenge in our modern society. These plastics account for nearly 8 million tons of waste that enters our oceans and rivers every year. While nearly 20 million tons of general waste pollutes our waters globally each year, single use plastics account for approximately 50% of all litter. If this sea-scurge goes unchallenged, it is estimated that by 2050 there could be more plastic in our ocean than fish!

This is why these Seabins are so important so that they can compliment the work of thousands of volunteers across Ireland who capture and remove waste from our waters. As an island nation, we must do all that we can to combat the ever increasing amount of rubbish and plastics polluting our waters.  

Today’s Seabin launch has been made possible with the collaboration and support of the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, the Dún Laoghaire Marina and Inland and Coastal Marina Systems and all brought together by Flossie herself.

Speaking at the launch, Flossie said “I’m so excited that these seabins are finally being installed and I cannot wait for them to be installed.  I am so happy that all my fundraising has finally paid off with the help of my friends, family and everyone who donated…this is finally going to be made possible!!

I really feel when the seabins are in it will make a big difference with the pollution in the sea locally and I love the way that the seabins will not harm any of the fish in their natural habitat and hopefully soon enough in their plastic free habitat! I’m very excited for ‘a plastic free Irish Sea’.

The operations manager of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Tim Ryan said “the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company are delighted to be involved in this exciting project, made possible by an inspirational 11 year old girl, Flossie. When Flossie first approached us, she already knew what she wanted, to install Ireland’s first Seabin and was well underway with her fundraising efforts. Her resolve inspired us to whatever we could to help her out.

We are delighted that the project is now becoming a reality and that Dún Laoghaire Harbour will be the first location for this important technology in Ireland. Plastics in our seas is a global problem, and if one local girl can make this project happen, the possibilities on a global scale are limitless. 

Oliver Shortall, Managing Director of Inland and Coastal Marina Systems (the company that distributes the Seabin products in Ireland and the UK) added “With Flossie’s enthusiasm for this project it was hard not to give assistance in the purchase of the two Seabins in Dún Laoghaire which are the first to be installed in Ireland. We are delighted to be a part of it and wish the Dun Laoighaire harbour Company, Flossie and her family all the best with the project.”

Flossie’s not finished yet, she will be the grand marshal in Ireland’s first “March for the Ocean” which is being organised by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and it takes place on Saturday 9th June at 2:30pm from the Royal Marine Hotel in Dún Laoghaire. All individuals, community and enviromental groups across Ireland are invited to join us and you can register your interest on Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/events/647049418963548/ This is part of a global initiative to combat single use plastics.

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For more information or comment, please contact Flossie Donnelly’s mother, Harriet directly on 087 924 2438 or for all other points of contact, please contact Moonshot Collective’s office on (01) 517 5303 or email info@moonshot.ie

 

NOTE TO EDITOR: 

1) The launch of the Seabin is taking place at the Coal Quay Harbour (near MGM Boats) off Crofton Road, Dún Laoghaire Harbour at 12pm today (Tuesday 22nd May, 2018)

2) Attached an explanatory brochure of the Seabin and some other images

3) View how this Seabin works;  https://youtu.be/SQl0xyKfm6I

East Pier – Storm damage update

The Upper Section of the East Pier suffered significant damage during storm Emma last March 2018 (as reported in Afloat.ie ) .

The entire upper section was closed off for safety reasons since the storm. Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company have repaired and reopened the first section up to the Sunshelter, and are working on a project to reopen the section to the Battery within the next 3-4 months.

The area around the Sunshelter itself may remain closed for 6 months or more as the damage is most significant here. Engineers are currently preparing specifications for the repair works.