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Dun Laoghaire Harbour to welcome 100,000 visitors to celebrate Bicentenary

PRESS RELEASE

22nd March 2017

Dun Laoghaire Harbour to welcome 100,000 visitors to celebrate Bicentenary

 Dun Laoghaire is set for a summer of celebrations to mark the Harbours 200th anniversary. The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary Steering Group has announced its programme of activities to coincide with the milestone event.

The Opening Ceremony will be officiated by President Michael D Higgins & the groups Patron Minister Mary Mitchell O Connor on 31st May. Other featured events include an International Harbour Food Festival featuring over 25 unique vendors (4th & 5th June), a live Viking Invasion re-enactment with longboats as seen on the hit TV Show ‘Vikings’ (20th August) and The Kingstown 200 Classic Boat Race (8th July).

100,000 visitors are expected to visit the Harbour this summer to participate in the free public events.

The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company in collaboration with a range of local stakeholders have put in place a schedule of exhibitions, workshops, lectures and events to mark the Bicentenary.

Gerry Dunne, CEO of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company: said “the programme of events throughout the summer reflects the cultural and historical role the Harbour has played not just in Dun Laoghaire but in its wider environs over the past 200 years”. Thanking all those who worked tirelessly on the project, Mr Dunne said “the Bicentenary will bring a welcome boost to the local economy and reinforce the sense of public pride in one of the country’s greatest landmarks”.

More information can be found at www.dlharbour200.ie .

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Contact: Alan Cantwell @ 086 8147855. cantwellmedia@gmail.com

 

Note:  Steering Group members include Dun Laoghaire Business Improvement District, National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre, The Pavilion Theatre, RNLI, The Coal Harbour Users Group, Irish National Sailing School & The Combined Dun Laoghaire Yacht Clubs.

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Ronson & AIR added to The Beatyard Line Up 5th & 6th August 2017

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Gavin James confirmed to headline The Ball at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

The Ball has announced their line up for the Intervarcity festival this coming April 2017.

Headlining is Irish Singer Songwriter Gavin James along with Bakermat Live, Route 94, Waze & Odyssey, Hare Squead, Smash Hits, Mark Mc Cabe and many more  

 

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Dun Laoghaire Hosts Ireland First Intervarcity Festival

The Ball is coming to Dun Laoghaire Harbour this April 28th 2017.

The event is Ireland’s first student only intervarsity festival with an estimated 7,000 entrants, two stages, a gourmet food yard, fun fair and over 20 artists performing.

This unique event takes place in the Ferry Terminal Compound overlooking the harbour.

More details to be confirmed at http:www.theball.ie.

 

Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017 – Classics Programme Confirmed

The Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta takes place this 6-9th July 2017.

Its one of the biggest events of the harbour sailing calendar and involves all 4 yacht clubs Dun Laoghaire Yacht clubs and entrants from the sailing community nationwide and overseas.

To celebrate the Harbour Bicentenary the committee have added to the race schedule to include a unique classic boat race to celebrate the harbours bicentenary. The race will see international and local classic boats taking part.

For more information go to  http://www.dlregatta.org/

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Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation Launches Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary Steering Group

Press Notice

Friday 25th November 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation

Launches Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary Steering Group

 Minister Mary Mitchell O Connor today became Patron of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary programme

Convening in the historic Harbour Lodge in Dun Laoghaire, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation met the members of the Steering Group, which includes the Pavilion Theatre, DLR County Council, the RNLI, the Coal Harbour Users Group, The National Maritime Museum, Dalkey Heritage Centre, a representative of the 4 Yacht Clubs, the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company and Dun Laoghaire Business Improvement District (BID).

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The Bicentenary Steering Group met to discuss a series of initiatives to commemorate and celebrate the 200 year history of this historic harbour.

May 31st 1817 saw the laying of the first stone in the creation of one of the world’s finest man-made harbours , originally named as “The Royal Harbour of King George 1V at Kingstown”

Gerry Dunne, CEO of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company said ” this is an incredibly exciting initiative , of national and international significance. We will be engaging with members of the Irish Diaspora all over the world, so that we can gather relevant stories and memorabilia, and create a legacy both online and physical, a legacy which this special place fully deserves”

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Contact: Carolyn Hanaphy 01 271 3203 carolyn@dlharbour.ie

Photos:

Image 1 – Steering group meet in the Harbour Lodge Boardroom (Group Photo).

Image 2 – (L-R) Donal Marren (Chairperson of the Group), Minster Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O Connor & Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Cathaoirleach Cormac Devlin.

Image 3 – Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary Logo.

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THE BEATYARD at Dun Laoghaire Harbour- August 1st & 2nd!

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After celebrating its 10th edition last year, THE BEATYARD is going coastal this August 1st & 2nd and relocating to the sunniest part of Dublin – Dun Laoghaire Harbour!

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Taking place over two days, it will combine three areas of music, great food, drinks and games all under one roof. The Beatyard is an experience for all the senses, bringing the best chefs, musicians and creatives together for one weekend. Savour a cocktail in TIPPLE TOWN before making your way to THE EATYARD for a delicious meal and you’ll soon be Lost In Music with Sister Sledge! All with the beautiful Dublin Bay as the backdrop to your day.

Providing the musical entertainment will be Sister Sledge, Four Tet (Official), Neneh Cherry, Barrington LEVY, Madlib, PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING, Lindstrom, Craig Charles, Optimo (Espacio) & Mister Saturday Night B2B, Midnight Magic, Dj Marky, Horse Meat Disco, I Am The Cosmos, Le Freak, RiZA, EMBRZ, Telephones, Tandem Felix, Sim Simma and more TBA.

 

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For more information click here

 

PROMS ON THE PIER- 70’s and 80’s music event – 29th & 30th August

proms on the pierProms On The Pier is Dublin’s festival of 70’s & 80’s nostalgia. Air Supply Music, 10cc, Phil Coulter, Bjorn Again, Midge Ure, Johnny Logan, Melanie McCabe & lots more Taking place in —- Dun Laoghaire Harbour —– on August 29th & 30th.

Over 14 musical acts will entertain 5,000 guests per day in an outdoor and fully reserved seating event. Each day’s entertainment will commence at 4.30pm and finish spectacularly at 10.30pm. There will be full bar and food facilities on-site throughout the weekend.

For more information on the festival click here or check out their Facebook page

— SATURDAY 29-AUGUST —
Featuring 10cc, Proms Party Orchestra, Midge Ure, Bjorn Again (AUSTRALIA), Proms Party Orchestra conducted by Phil Coulter, The Definitive Rat Pack and Melanie McCabe & The Sugarcubes Band, MD Eugene McCarthy.

— SUNDAY 30-AUGUST —
Featuring Air Supply Music, Johnny Logan, Proms Party Orchestra conducted by Phil Coulter, Karen Carpenter Show featuring Toni Lee and Melanie McCabe & The Sugarcubes Band, MD Eugene McCarth

 

The Plunge- are you tough enough?

the plungeThe Plunge, took place on Saturday 23rd of May- a bungee jump on the Carlisle Pier in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Standing at 160 foot, overlooking the horizon, The Plunge is an aerial challenge that will push participants out of their mental and emotional comfort zone whilst supporting a worthy cause.

 

85th DUN LAOGHAIRE HARBOUR RACE

Sunday 10th August
Men’s Race 11.00am
Ladies’ Race 12.00pm

The 85th Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race takes place on Sunday August 10th 2014. The men’s race is at 11am and the ladies’ race at 12pm. Last year, over 250 men and women qualified to enter the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race and it is anticipated that there will be 300 swimmers this year.

Each weekend from June to September the swimming club of Leinster run open sea swimming races along the coast of Leinster. Theses are held at well known swimming locations such as Malahide, Portmarnock, Howth, Clontarf, South Wall, Seapoint, Dun Laoghaire, Sandycove, Killiney and Bray. These form the Leinster Open Sea Calendar. In order to qualify to swim in the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race, swimmers must have completed 4 open sea races from the Open Sea Calendar before closing date. The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race along with the Dublin City Liffey Swim are rightly considered the two most prestigious swimming races in Ireland. For swimmers winning the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race is akin to winning an All Ireland Final.

The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race caters to swimmers as young as 14 years right up to ages the swimmers perhaps prefer not to disclose! A wide range of ages and abilities take part in the race. Both the Open Sea Committee and the swimming club warmly welcome newcomers to our sport no matter their age or their ability.

The race comprises a swim around the circumference of Dun Laoghaire Harbour battling fellow swimmers, reaching marker buoys, avoiding any number of obstacles and taking on the might that is the Irish Sea.

In order to find out more about the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race and the Open Sea Races please email leinsteropensea@gmail.com.
More information can also be found on www.leinsteropensea.ie or on www.facebook.com/leinsteropensea

Happy swimming!

Harbour Swim 2014

 
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