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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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Irish Ports to welcome record numbers in 2017

Irish ports will have their busiest ever cruise ship season in 2017 with over 300 cruise ships scheduled to visit ports and harbours, large and small, around the island. The record year further extends the success of the past 3 years which has seen a 50% increase in the number of cruise calls to Ireland.

Details of the record numbers were released by Cruise Ireland during its attendance at Seatrade Cruise Global, the world’s largest expo for the cruise industry which is taking place this week in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Cruise Ireland, an All-Ireland Marketing cooperative, made up from the island’s ports, shipping agents, excursion companies and visitor attractions, however, believes that there is scope for even greater significant increases in the number of cruise ship visits.

Speaking at Seatrade, Joe O’Neill, current Chairman of Cruise Ireland and Belfast Harbour’s Commercial Director, said:

“In the past 10 years the island of Ireland has outperformed the European market place; recording average annual growth in cruise passenger numbers of 13% against the European average across the same period of 9%.  Feedback from cruise lines on their experience of visiting Ireland is very positive and encouragingly the cruise industry is projecting that demand for Ireland as a cruise destination will continue with a 14% growth forecast to 2020.”

“The island of Ireland continues to deliver world class experiences for the international cruise visitor and with Titanic Belfast recently being voted as the world’s leading tourist attraction we have a broad range of world class, must see attractions, right across the island i.e. Guinness Storehouse, Blarney Castle, Giant’s Causeway and the Cliffs of Moher to name but a few. Awareness of Ireland as a cruise destination has grown significantly in recent years however we are confident that by aligning our marketing efforts with the international marketing campaigns managed by the island’s national tourism agencies –  Tourism Ireland, Failte Ireland and Tourism NI,  that there is a huge opportunity for us to reach an even wider cruise audience.”

Currently most cruise ships to the island call at ports in the major cities of Dublin, Belfast and Cork, but smaller ports such as Galway, Derry-Londonderry, Waterford, Killybegs and Dun Laoghaire are also attracting calls, spreading the economic impact of the cruise industry across the whole island.   

Mr O’Neill added:

“The members of Cruise Ireland have been attending Seatrade for over 21 years now and we are realising the fruits of our efforts with the 300+ calls the island will receive this year. It is essential that we are here to ensure that the potential of the island is raised among each of the Executives from the Cruise Lines represented at this conference to make sure that Ireland remains firmly fixed as a destination of choice offering multiple calls in close proximity and ultimately an exceptional visitor experience.”

Cruise ships calling at Irish ports range from the largest vessels operating in Europe such as the Royal Princess with over 5,000 passengers and crew to smaller expedition and luxury vessels with just 50 passengers.

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Notes to Editors

Around 40% of visitors are from North America, 20% from Germany and 15% from Great Britain.

The most popular shore excursions for cruise visitors include the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction Titanic Belfast, the Guinness Storehouse, Blarney Castle, and the Giant’s Causeway.

 

Cruise Ireland

Cruise Ireland is a ‘Business to Business’ marketing association established to promote the island of Ireland as a world class destination for the international cruise community.  Its members include ports and harbours as well as port agents, shore excursions companies, visitor attractions and DMO’s.

 

History of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Lecture 22nd March 2017

 ILLUSTRATED LECTURE

 “SOME HISTORY OF DUN LAOGHAIRE HARBOUR, 1817-2017”

 BY CORMAC F. LOWTH

         

2017 marks the 200th. anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone for the 

great Harbour of Dun Laoghaire.  Cormac F. Lowth be presenting a vast array of

 rare and interesting illustrations and photographs along with a host of informative

 facts about a great many aspects of the Harbour over the past two hundred years.

He will be looking at the old Harbour of Dunleary, the building of the great Harbour

 of Refuge, the transition to Kingstown, and later Dun Laoghaire, and  these will

 include the naval presence, yachting activities, shipwrecks, the R.N.L.I., fishing,

 maritime commerce, mailboats, and much more.

 

The meeting will commence with the launch of a new copy of the Society’s journal

which has been specially commissioned to mark the occasion of the 200th. 

anniversary of the Harbour. It is entitled “A Safe Anchorage” and it contains a great

 many articles about the Harbour that have  published in the Society’s journals over

 the years. Price is €8

 

Location : Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire

Time :8pm 22.03.2017

Admission : €3 All Welcome

Parking free for ticket holders

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Irish Embassy visit

Irish Ambassador to Great Britain Daniel Mulhall met today with our

CEO Gerry Dunne in the Irish Embassy in London to discuss the upcoming Bicentenary Celebrations.

#DLHarbour200 #StoriesDLHarbour #DLH200years.

www.dlharbour200.ie

Irish Ambassador to Great Britain Daniel Mulhall meets CEO of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company Gerry Dunne

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Irish Echo Travel Feature – February 2017

The Irish Echo is the oldest Irish American Newspaper in USA, established in 1928.

Writer Ray O Hanlon recently wrote a great Travel  Feature about the town and Harbour of Dun Laoghaire.

Irish Echo Travel Feature Feb 2017

www.irishecho.com

 

 

Proceedings of the Commissioners of Dunleary Asylam Harbour

In 1815 the Dunleary Asylum Harbour was commissioned.

The first stone was laid on the 31st May 1817.

March 2017 – Bicentenary Celebrations schedule to be confirmed.

 

 

 

 

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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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