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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

Circus Vegas Schedule June 2019

Circus Vegas has arrived at Dun Laoghaire Harbour for their first visit.

The circus will kick off this Thurs 20th June at 5.pm with their first performance of trapeze artists, clowns and daring stunts under the big top.

Performances
Thursday 5pm & 7.30pm.
Friday 5pm & 7.30pm
Saturday 2pm & 5pm
Sunday 2pm & 5pm

Seats starting from €10 every day!

Pre book below and get 50% off when you use the code VEGAS2019

https://www.circusvegasonwheels.com/

Make Dun Laoghaire your Port of Call this July

The 8th Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta to take place from Thurs 11th – Sun 14th July 2019

Ireland’s biggest sailing event returns this Summer, with the 2019 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. The biennial four-day series will take place from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July 2019. A festival of fun, sun and sailing awaits those in attendance at the waterfront and Dun Laoghaire town, as the four local waterfront yacht clubs will come together for this sailing extravaganza; Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, National Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club and Royal St. George Yacht Club.

2,500 sailors and 500 boats across 34 classes will compete in the 8th instalment of the four day series on seven race courses will be specially laid out on Dublin Bay. The standard of sailing on show is bound to entertain and excite the crowds, due to its international flavour. The event attracts Olympic, international and national talent, many of whom are champions, with yachts competing from Hong Kong, England, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, and all four provinces of Ireland.

On land, there will also be plenty of entertainment around the waterfront to ensure those in attendance stay afloat! This year, face painting and a ‘selfie wall’ will ensure you capture your perfect picture from the day. Volvo and Spirit Motor Group will also be displaying their latest range of cars at The People’s Park, the East Pier and the Harbour Plaza.

There will be delicious market food to sample from the People’s Park Market on Sunday 14th July. And we all know a trip to the seaside is not complete without a 99 ice cream, and they don’t come tastier than Teddy’s!

So, whether you’re looking for a family day out or to simply savour the festival atmosphere, Dun Laoghaire will be the perfect location for you.

The Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta takes place from Thursday 11th July until Sunday 14th July 2019. For more information see www.dlregatta.org or find Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Facebook and Instagram.

 ENDS

For further information contact:

Lydia Tierney, FleishmanHillard, 085 7138810 E: lydia.tierney@fleishmaneurope.com 

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

dlr beaches bathing warning

No Bathing at all beaches in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Area for Seven Days

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has been made aware of a sewerage wastewater overflow at the Irish Water operated Ringsend wastewater treatment plant during the recent yellow weather warning event on June 4/5.

As a consequence of this event Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, in consultation with the Health Service Executive, have put temporary bathing prohibition notices in place at all of our designated public bathing sites in the county, starting today 6 June. It is expected that this temporary prohibition notification will be in place for 7 days. All areas along the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown coastline whether designated as bathing areas or not are considered covered by this notice.

 

Sampling will be taking place at all our designated bathing areas i.e.:

  • Seapoint Beach
  • Sandycove Beach
  • The Forty Foot Bathing Area
  • Killiney Beach
  • White Rock Beach

 

It is HSE advice that aside from bathers & beach users any organisers of any coastline or water based leisure or sporting event along the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown coastline should pay particular attention to this notification.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council will be keeping you up-to-date on developments and any further information on our website and on our social media channels and also www.beaches.ie

MCD Festival – Weekend schedule

Fri 31st May

Gates open – 17:00

Steroes MC’s – On stage at 18:15

Deacon Blue – On state at 19:45

Basement Jazz DJs – Onstage at 21:25

Music ends – 22:30

 

Sat 1st June

Gates open 16:00

Something Happens –  On stage at 17:45

Lightning Seeds – On stage at 19:15

Madness – On stage at 20:45

Music ends – 22:30

 

Sunday 2nd June

Gates open – 16:00

Fun Lovin Criminals – On stage at 17:45

The Charlatans – On stage at 19:15

Primal Scream – On stage at 20:45

Music ends – 22:30

 

 

Marine Art Exhibitions – Summer 2019

A group of Marine artists kicked off their run of 5 exhibitions earlier this month. There are another 4 exhibitions to take place on the East Pier on the following dates 

  • June Bank Holiday Weekend – 1, 2 & 3 
  • July 6 & 7
  • August Bank Holiday Weekend 3, 4 & 5 
  • Sept 7 & 8

The event is free to view . The artists exhibit from 10am to 6pm (weather depending) along the lower deck of the east pier.

Artwork by Darlene Garr

 

Darlene Garr Bio 

Born in the USA, Internationally known Abstract Expressionist, Darlene Garr has been painting professionally for over 35 years and with more than 250 solo and group shows has received wide recognition for her talent, boasting collectors from around the World. 

Since arriving in Ireland, from Brussels, over 22 years ago, she has found her voice. 

“The amazing light, movement and colours in the Irish Skies keep me inspired to create what is seeking expression then joyfully engage with whatever surfaces”.

 

Art by Paul Flynn
Art by Paul Flynn

 

Willie Redmond Bio 

Willie Redmond is from Edenderry, County Offaly. He is now Dublin based. An artist who specializes in acrylics, oils, pastels and mixed medium.

The use of colour, texture,movement,light and draughtsmanship combine to full effect in these engaging pieces.

Observation and detail combine with contemporary projection applied to varied aspects of the landscape and seascape.

 

Art by Willie Redmond

An Cathaoirleach Cllr. Ossian Smyth welcomes Ocean Atlantic cruise ship to Dun Laoghaire

The Ocean Atlantic Cruise ship made its maiden trip to Dun Laoghaire Harbour this morning.

The 140 metre cruise ship has an ice strengthened hull to allow it to explore some of the most remote areas of the world.

Image above  ( L-R ) – Dun Laoghaire Harbour Master Capt. Simon Coate, An Cathaoirleach Cllr. Ossian Smyth meet Ocean Atlantic captain Nicolay Tililyuk .

Ocean Atlantic Ship Specification 

Features:

  • Choice of 6 cabins and suite categories
  • Bright, spacious cabins and common areas
  • Plenty of deck space for observation
  • Lounge with panoramic views and comfortable seating
  • Contemporary dining 
  • Coffee bar and polar library
  • Lecture theater 
  • Polar Boutique  

Specifications:
Staff & Crew 160
Capacity 199
Guests 132

Length 460 feet (140 meters)
Breadth 69 feet (21 meters)
Draft 19 feet (5.8 meters)
Propulsion 4 x 3,600 kW engines
Ice Class 1B

Cruising speed 12 knots in open water
Registered Bahamas
Lifeboats 6 fully enclosed