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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.

ENDS

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

All you need to know #RedBullFlugTag

Read this so you’re ready for take-off… Everything you need to know from time, place to access.

Red Bull Flugtag will take place in Dún Laoghaire Harbour on Sunday 20th May. This free family event will start at 12.00pm and run until approximately 4.30pm.

Where is the best place to watch Red Bull Flugtag?

All of the crafts will be launched from Carlisle Pier and the best spot to watch the show will be from the East Pier in Dún Laoghaire.

To ensure best viewing for all, a number of large TV screens will be positioned throughout the event area.

How do I get to the East Pier?

There will be signage throughout Dún Laoghaire, directing you to the viewing area.

From Dún Laoghaire DART Station, walk along Queen’s Road towards the East Pier.

From Dún Laoghaire town centre, you need to walk down Marine Road and turn onto Queen’s Road towards the East Pier.

Is there a viewing area for persons with disability?

Yes, it will be located on Carlisle Pier. Entrance to the area is beside the Royal St. George Yacht club. Carlisle Pier is the pier that will have the Red Bull Flugtag ramp positioned on.

Parking for persons with disabilities is located to the side of the Royal St George Yacht Club (next to the ferry terminal building). Space is limited and will be on a first come first serve basis. When the parking has reached capacity, the area will be used as a drop off only.

Vehicular Traffic

Temporary signage will be placed by the road to advise motorists of impending diversions.

Road Closures

A Road Closure Order will be in place on the following roads between 11.30am and 5.30pm on Sunday, 20th May:

Queens Road will be closed between the junctions of Marine Road and Park Road. However, access will be allowed into the DLR Lexicon Library car park and Park Rite Pavilion car park.

Harbour Road, in the area between the Roundabout at the Harbour Plaza and the East Pier, will be closed to vehicular access.

Westbound traffic on Newtownsmith will be directed to travel up Marine Terrace and Mellifont Avenue, in the direction of George’s Street.

Park Road will be closed to vehicular access.

Public Transport

Red Bull and An Garda Síochána wish to encourage patrons to use public transport to access the event. This will be the easiest and quickest way to travel to and from Red Bull Flugtag. The event location is easily accessible for DART and Dublin Bus services.

The venue is readily accessible from DART and bus services.

Dublin Bus

  • From City Centre, 7 and 46A operates to Dún Laoghaire
  • From Tallaght, 75 operates to Dún Laoghaire
  • From Loughlinstown, 111 operates to Dún Laoghaire
  • From Kilmacanogue, Route 45A from Kilmacanogue via Bray to Dún Laoghaire
  • From Killiney Druids Pub, Route 59 to Dún Laoghaire
  • From Kilternan, Route 63 to Dún Laoghaire

Note – Additional buses will be added on event day for both 7 and 46A routes between 11.30am and 5.30pm. Full timetables are available on the Dublin Bus website at www.dublinbus.ie

DART

  • DART services run every 20 minutes on Sundays and extra capacity will be provided during event times
  • Irish Rail advise purchasing return tickets to avoid queues in Dún Laoghaire DART Station on return
  • Travel time on the DART from city centre stations (Connolly/Tara Street/Pearse Street) is approximately 20-25 minutes

Parking

No parking will be permitted on Queen’s Road and on Harbour Road, between Harbour Plaza roundabout and East Pier. In the interest of safety, unauthorised vehicles parked in these areas will be removed. Elsewhere in Dún Laoghaire, normal parking availability and restrictions apply. Car parking facilities will be available at:

  • Stena HSS vehicle compound (200 spaces)
  • Park Rite Car Park, Pavilion Theatre, Queens Road (321 spaces)
  • Q Park, Bloomfield’s Shopping Centre, Lower George’s Street (550 spaces)
  • IMC Cinema’s Car Park, Library Road (off Lower George’s Street)

What should I bring?

Not much! You can get food and drink at local restaurants, cafes and shops, but spectators are welcome to bring their own picnic lunch.
We recommend bringing sun protection and suitable clothing for all weather… it is Ireland after all!

WHAT SHOULD I NOT BRING?

Please, for the safety of the event, do not bring alcohol, glass containers, pets, and hover/skate/long-boards.
Please remember the enjoyment of the other spectators. No tents, shade structures, beach umbrellas; so essentially no reserving of unattended areas or anything that would obstruct other people’s view. Just be sound!
Also, please remember the environment! No plastic sheeting/tarp on grass and no barbeques or sparklers. And finally please use the bins provided, or even better take it home to recycle!

WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER?

If it rains, the event will go on! But if there is extreme weather, check the website for further details.

Dún Laoghaire

You will find lots of information on shopping, eating, parking, etc. in Dún Laoghaire here.

 

Queen’s Road & Park Road – Closures 20th May 2018

Notice : During the Red Bull Flug Tag event this May 20th 2018 there will be some temporary road closures in place.

  • Queen’s Road and Park Road on Sunday 20th May, 2018 between the hours of 11.30am & 5.30pm
  • Queen’s Road will be closed from the junction with Marine Road to the junction with Park Road.

Park Road will be closed from the Junction with Queen’s Road to the junction with George’s Street Upper.

Diversions will be in place during the event.

 

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.  

 

Statement from The Ball Festival

It is with great regret and sadness that we wish to inform our attendees that despite our best efforts to grow The Ball and deliver a unique Student Only Festival on a bigger and better scale than last year, we have unfortunately made the hard decision not to proceed with this year’s event.

We set out to deliver the best possible end of year experience for the students of Ireland, with top global talent and at an affordable price. Unfortunately, as an independent promoter in a competitive market, we were unable to secure our complete line-up. While there has been great feedback from students and our partner SUs over the last number of months, this has unfortunately not been reflected in ticket sales and ultimately this has resulted in us being unable to proceed with The Ball as planned for Friday 27th April 2018 in Dun Laoghaire.

For those who have already purchased their tickets, we would like to thank you for supporting us from the get-go and we are saddened that on this occasion we could not follow through in giving you the experience that we had hoped. We will be issuing refunds to all ticket purchasers from Thursday 19th April.

Tickets purchased online will be refunded directly via Eventbrite and you will receive an email notification once it has been issued.

For those who purchased tickets via their SU in DIT or UCD, please look out for details of arrangements for on-campus points of refund from your respective SU, which will be available from Thursday 19th April.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank those of you who bought tickets, our partner Student Unions, all of the Artists, Sponsors, Dun Laoghaire Harbour Co. and everyone else who has supported The Ball.

We are currently reviewing our options regarding The Ball Festival 2019, aiming to deliver a festival for students that builds on the quality and experience as seen last year. In the meantime we would like to thank you for your patience and should you have any queries, please feel free to contact us via Facebook chat or hello@theball.ie