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Watersports through Irish Language

We welcome Momoontourontour Irish Language Activities for their first course starting on the 1st of June 2015!

Moontour offers fun and exciting 2 week Irish courses during the summer.
Learn Irish through exciting activities like water-sports, photography, computer games and yoga.
Make new friends and return with a grá for Gaeilge! All of these fun, educational activities take place in Dun Laoghaire Harbour for 2015.


Moontour’s Philosophy:

”We believe in the power of experiential learning. Studies have proved that we remember 90% of what we do, compared to 10% of what we read. This is even more true with language!

Our courses promote the speaking and enjoyment of the Irish language, and it works too! Through activity based learning, we saw an improvement in the verbal ability of our students of 70 – 80% over a forty minute activity, and all without opening a text book!”

Find out more here


Beautiful boat restoration in Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Mr Simone Mancini is Head of the Conservation Department in the National Gallery of Ireland and a couple of years ago turned his hand to restoring a boat!

As you can see he has done a splendid job and the boat is now in Dun Laoghaire Marina and he is restoring topsides. Images are of hull before, during and after restoration.


Joshua Slocum, in his book Sailing Alone Around the World, first published in 1900, describes the restoration of his sloop ‘the Spray’ and writes: ‘The Spray changed his being so gradually that it was hard to say at what point the old died or the new took birth’.
Conserving a vintage boat meant, first of all, a full immersion on readings about sailing accounts as much as restoration projects; in these kinds of boats, technique, stile and quality of working are truly and deeply integrated. They are the product of nowadays rare craftsmanship; it cannot be very different from conserving works of art. A specific approach is required: the need to make the boat seaworthy should mean not just re-building but rather conserving.



The theoretical approach of modern conservation while directed into the physical care of the object, is comprehensive of evidence of its history and deterioration processes; often competing aspects of the same project.
Conserving is always aimed on retaining the ‘originality’ and ‘integrity’ and at the same time trying to accomplish principles of ‘minimum intervention’. The less is the most.

It has been a long enduring and rewarding process which required specific knowledge (here in big trouble),as much as passion (I was fine with it). Talking to people who know a lot about this matter, necessarily becomes part of the process. Always told: it is a true labour of love; isn’t it?

Chats, suggestions, contrasting opinions and sometimes perplexed looks of neighbour boat owners; from the Harbour Master, Capt. Coate, who has been very supportive from ‘day one’: he says:

‘…this is what a boatyard should look like…’ ,


to fellow sailor friends, Frank – Paul – Hugh – Kevin – Colombo – Sean, just to mention few of many.

It is said: vintage boats are ‘kept’, not ‘owned’; it must be true. Kara Third, work still in progress.

Simone Mancini
Head of Conservation Department
National Gallery of Ireland

Atlantic Youth Trust 5 Day Voyage- Dun Laoghaire – Carlingford Lough

Dun Laoghaire Haratlantic youth trustbour Company and the Atlantic Youth Trust came together with 5 candidates (18-24 yrs) who took part in a 5 day voyage onboard this 70ft sailing schooner – Dublin to Carlingford Lough from 18th – 22nd May 2015.atlantic youth trust number 1

The very first crew on an Atlantic Youth Trust organised voyage. 50% from Northern Ireland and 50% from the Republic of Ireland.

Core funding came from the Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Fund, local partners are Loughs Agency – Foyle and Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company. Special thanks also to the Royal Irish Yacht Club for the berth and Sail Training Ireland for Youth Development and the Spirit of Oysterhaven Trust.

The final piece of the puzzle comes from PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland who have provided a youth worker to help deliver the programme.

Find out more here



18th May 2015


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An Bord Pleanála has granted Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) permission to proceed with its plans for a floating swimming pool and urban beach at the historic East Pier of the Harbour.

Permission was granted in late-2014 by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, but had been appealed.

The project has been inspired by the popular Badeschiff facility in Berlin, a floating swimming pool on the River Spree.  The plan for Dún Laoghaire Harbour includes a floating swimming pool containing heated and treated seawater, utilising a converted river barge which will be located within the Harbour.  The facility will include an Urban Beach alongside the floating structure, on Berth 1 adjacent to the East Pier. Changing and toilet facilities, a café, an administration area, and security features are also planned.

The Harbour Company estimates that urban beach has the potential to attract 100,000 visitors per year and to generate over €1 million per annum for the local economy.

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Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company hopes to be in a position to open the facility for the summer season in 2016.

According to Tim Ryan, Operation Manager, of DLHC:  “Today’s go-ahead by An Bord Pleanála is very welcome, and marks a vital step in realising the full potential of the Harbour as a marine, leisure and tourist destination of international calibre.”

“The urban beach will be a hugely exciting project for Dun Laoghaire as a while. It is very much in keeping with the Government’s National Ports Policy which designated Dún Laoghaire as a harbour focusing on marine leisure, marine tourism, and urban development. Today’s decision allows us to follow through on our mandate.

Urban Beach 1Over the coming months, Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company Harbour is set to welcome a record 100,000 cruise passengers and crew. “Combined with the news of the urban beach, the future for Dun Laoghaire Harbour is really shaping up, as set out in the Company’s Masterplan of 2011,” added Tim.

Contact: Catherine Heaney @ 01-420 0580.

French Navy make courtesy visit to Dun Laoghaire Harbour


Thursday, 23rd April 2015

French Naval Training Ships Paid Courtesy Visit to Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Three French naval training ships paid a courtesy visit to Dun Laoghaire Harbour in May. The Harbour Master of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Simon Coate, accepted the invitation from the French Ministry of Defence for the ships to visit.

image3The ‘Lion’, ‘Leopard’ and ‘Eglantine’ were in Dun Laoghaire from Friday 1st – Monday 4th May as part of a training excursion, the aim of which was to teach French Navy students how to sail a ship. Coastal and ocean navigation and manoeuvre teaching was taught during the training. Each ship is fully equipped with lecture and training rooms as well as specific teaching equipment. During the training excursions, the ships were also employed by the French Ministry of Defence for the watch and guard of French maritime approaches, and all ships have the ability to release counter-oil products, used for counter pollution missions.

Speaking in advance of the arrival of the naval ships, CEO of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Gerry Dunne, said: “We’re delighted to welcome the three French naval training ships to Dun Laoghaire. This year will be an extremely busy one for the Harbour, with over 20 cruise calls taking place this summer. The visit of the naval ships offers a nice start to this season and they should act as an interesting sight for local ship enthusiasts. We’re also looking forward to welcoming the French naval students to the town.”




Below is a photo taken at the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company. (Left to Right) Gerry Dunne (CEO), Lieutenant Hubert Gerard (French Navy), Simon Coate (Harbour Master), Warrant Officer Dominique Le Pen (French Navy), Lieutenant Caroline Vallego (French Navy) and Irish Navy Officer.



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Masterplan Short Listed for Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) award

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Masterplan Shortlisted for Prestigious Award for Planning Excellence


Dun Laoghaire Harbour Masterplan has been shortlisted in the ‘Excellence in Planning to Create Economically Successful Places’ category at the 2015 Planning Awards for Excellence.

The Awards, run by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) will be held at the Pullman London St Pancras Monday, 6th July 2015.


The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Masterplan was published in 2011 following extensive consultation with harbour stakeholders. The plan seeks to extend the recreational and amenity value of the harbour; to promote investment; and to generate sufficient revenue from commercial operations to ensure the sustainability of the maintenance programme and marine facility that the harbour provides. In short, the objective is to transform the harbour into a living, vibrant area, offering facilities for people to live, work and relax. The Masterplan envisages development over a 15 – 20 year period. It will be reviewed every five years.

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Gerry Dunne, the CEO of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company said today:

“I am delighted that our Masterplan has been nominated for such a prestigious award. A huge amount of work was put into the drafting of the Masterplan which aims to transform the harbour into a living, vibrant area for people to live work and relax, while at the same time preserving the unique character that has made the harbour such an amenity over decades. The nomination comes at a time when we are in the midst of a public consultation process on one of the key proposals in the Masterplan – the development of a new cruise ship berth facility, to enable the harbour to cater for new, larger cruise ships. This will be a great boost for all those who want to see Dun Laoghaire Harbour thrive”, Mr. Dunne said


The RTPI represents 23,000 planning professionals worldwide and promotes spatial planning, shapes policy and raises professional standards. The Awards for Planning Excellence have been run by the RTPI for over 30 years to recognise planning excellence.


This year’s headline sponsor is AECOM with other sponsors and supporters including Bilfinger GVA, The Planner, Planning Aid England and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.


Janet Askew, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute said: “The shortlist reflects the very best planning projects, strategies and processes that are helping to make great places for people to live and work. The 80 finalists highlight exceptional examples of planning that have made an impact and brought considerable benefits. It will be a tremendous challenge picking individual category winners from such a high quality field.”


Andrew Jones, Practice Leader for Design, Planning + Economics, EMEA at AECOM said:

“AECOM is proud to be this year’s headline sponsor of the RTPI’s Awards for Planning Excellence. The shortlist is a diverse mixture of outstanding examples of planning, which really demonstrate the impact the profession has on quality and delivery in the built environment.  We look forward to seeing which entries the judges select as the category winners.”


Projects on the shortlist have been recognised for their national contribution to planning and demonstrate how significant schemes can be delivered speedily through the planning and other consents systems.


For more information visit the RTPI website.




For more information:


Josh Rule: Royal Town Planning Institute: Tel: 020 7 929 8182 /


Tony Heffernan/ Emily Brennan, DHR Communications: 01-4200580 / 087-2399508 / 086-1658629.


Notes for editors


About the RTPI


  1. With 23,000 members worldwide working in the public, private, charitable and education sectors, the RTPI is the largest professional institute for planners in Europe. As well as promoting spatial planning, RTPI develops and shapes policy affecting the built and natural environment, works to raise professional standards and supports members through continuous education, training and development.


  1. The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence celebrate the contribution that planners and planning make to society, highlight exceptional examples of planning and inspire others to achieve the same high standards.


For further general information, visit the RTPI website at: RTPI is a charity registered in England 262865 and Scotland SC 03784.

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Public Consultation to Open on Plans for New Cruise Berth Facility for Dun Laoghaire Harbour


 Thursday, 26th March 2015

Public Consultation to Open on Plans for New Cruise Berth Facility for Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Members of the public and harbour stakeholders are being invited by the Dun Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group to submit their views on plans for the development of a new cruise berth facility for large cruise ships in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

The two week public consultation process will open next Monday (30.03.2015) and is being launched in advance of an expected planning application to An Board Pleanala for the project. The planning application will be made by Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company on behalf of the Dun Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group.

The cruise industry is an important and growing sector of the tourism market.  Cruise ships are getting bigger in size, offering more facilities to passengers, but requiring deeper water and longer berths to accommodate them.  Over 50% of new ships currently on order are over 300m in length. At present Cobh is the only port in Ireland that can accommodate these vessels. If facilities are not put in place, Ireland risks losing out on the expanding cruise tourism market.

Under the Planning and Development Acts, the cruise berth facility is regarded as strategic infrastructure and the planning application must therefore be made to An Bord Pleanala.  It is expected that a finalised planning application and Environmental Impact Statement will go to An Bord Pleanala the end of April / early May 2015.  Responses from the public and stakeholders during the consultation process will be taken into account when finalising the application to An Bord Pleanala. When the final application goes to An Bord Pleanala, observations and submissions may be made by members of the public and certain statutory bodies.

Speaking in relation to the launch of the consultation process, Gerry Dunne, CEO of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company said: “The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Masterplan, published in 2011, identified the need to develop strategies to ensure the long term future of the harbour, in view of the declining importance of ferry traffic.  Development of cruise business was identified as one of the opportunities to be pursued.  In addition, Dun Laoghaire is designated as a marine tourism port under the Government’s National Ports Policy and the development of the cruise business fits into this framework.

“Dun Laoghaire will have its most successful cruise season ever in 2015, with a total of 22 ships expected, bringing up to 100,000 passengers and crew to the harbour. However the development of the cruise berth facility is essential to allow to build on the success to date and to bring even more vessels and passengers to our town.

“The expansion and development of the cruise business offers significant economic benefits to Dun Laoghaire and the surrounding areas. These would include expenditure by disembarked passenger and crew; payments to tour operators by cruise companies and purchases by cruise ships from local supplies while in harbour.

“This is a hugely exciting project for Dun Laoghaire and the members of the Cruise Stakeholder Group are anxious to hear the views of the public before finalising our application to An Bord Pleanala.  Full details of the proposals will be available on the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Website from Monday next at

Observations or comments can be submitted by email to or by post to Jean Finnegan, Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Harbour Lodge, Crofton Rd, Dun Laoghaire, anytime up to 5pm on Monday, 13th April 2015.


Contact: Tony Heffernan / Emily Brennan, DHR Communications, Tel: 01-4200580 / 087-2399508 / 086-1658629.

Note to Editors:

The Dun Laoghaire Stakeholder Group is made up of: Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company; Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council; and the Dun Laoghaire Bid Company.


Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) confirms that Stena will not resume its ferry service on the Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead route


Wednesday, 4th February

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) confirms that Stena will not resume its ferry service on the Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead route

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) has today confirmed that a Stena seasonal service from Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead will not be resuming.

According to Gerry Dunne, CEO of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company: “While it is disappointing that a service will not be resuming for this forthcoming summer season, the Harbour Company is now seeking alternative providers to operate a seasonal service on the route.

“A call for Expressions of Interest in operating a seasonal service has been issued on eTenders by Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, and it is our hope that a replacement passenger service will be in place for 2016.  In recent months, the Harbour Company has received a number of informal approaches to operate the route, and we hope that these inquiries can now be advanced through a competitive tendering process.”

The Prior Information Notice is available here.

The importance of the passenger service business to Dun Laoghaire has declined in the past decade, and in particular over the past five years, where the service has been reduced to a seasonal operation.  By 2014, passenger numbers had declined to 141,652 compared with 1,719,853 passengers in 1998.

Up until recent days, DLHC and Stena have engaged in active discussions on the delivery of a seasonal service.  However, Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company understands that Stena was unable to secure a suitable vessel and have now decided not to resume operations on this route.

The Harbour Company has enjoyed a positive working relationship with Stena. In the event that Stena identifies a suitable vessel to meet passenger needs on the route, the Harbour Company would be receptive to any future approach from Stena.

Despite today’s announcement by Stena, job losses in DLHC are not envisaged in the harbour, due to the emergence of new commercial activities including the growing cruise business and the proposed Urban Beach.

It is estimated that Dun Laoghaire will attract 100, 000 cruise passengers and crew in 2015, with similar numbers expected for 2016 and 2017. A planning application under the Strategic Infrastructure Development Act for a new cruise berth for ‘next generation’ cruise ships will be submitted in the coming weeks to An Bord Pleanála.

The growing cruise business will have significant economic spin-off value for Dun Laoghaire and the wider hinterland. It is estimated that the spend of ferry passengers in the greater Dun Laoghaire area was approximately €800k in 2014.  By contrast, it is expected that cruise passengers arriving into Dun Laoghaire this year will spend approximately €7m. This will more than make up for any loss of revenue to the local businesses from ferry passengers.

Meanwhile, the important development projects in our Masterplan continue to be progressed.

A detailed proposal has been submitted to the Government in respect of the International Diaspora Centre, and a decision is awaited.  This world-class visitor attraction can now be accommodated in the Ferry Terminal building, providing a great opportunity to create a new, immediate, and cost-effective use of this 80,000 sq. ft. building.

Gerry Dunne commented: “It makes enormous commercial sense to locate the International Diaspora Centre in the Ferry Terminal Building.  Due to Stena’s decision, this building is available immediately”.

Planning permission for our Urban Beach has been granted by the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, and is now subject to appeal to An Bord Pleanala.

In the meantime, initial planning for the Residential Development on St Michael’s Pier is underway.  The Harbour Company is determined to have these projects up and running at the earliest possible time. The National Ports Policy, published in 2013 by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in 2013 said that the long term future of the harbour would be ‘in terms of marine leisure, maritime tourism, cultural amenity and urban redevelopment’.  In light of the Stena decision, Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company looks forward to redoubling our efforts with our stakeholders – the local business community, the Minister for Transport and Tourism, and the local County Council – to ensure that the potential of our world-class harbour is fully reached as set out in our Masterplan.


CONTACT:  Catherine Heaney / Emily Brennan, DHR Communications @ 087-2309835 / 086-1658629 / 01-4200580.

New Weekend Parking – Underground Car Park, Ferry Terminal

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Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company have announced new discounted weekend parking rates for the Underground Car Park at the Ferry Terminal. A new weekend parking rate of €5 per day in the Underground Car Park applies  from the 9th January 2015 .

Parking Area Location:

Underground Car Park

Ferry Terminal

Harbour Rd, Dun Laoghaire

Co. Dublin

GPS Coordinates – 53.294790, -6.133363,-6.1336638,19z

Customers can pay by cash or card in the Parking Machines or by Smartphone App or text via the Parking Tag System (

Other great value parking rates within the Harbour include:

  • €4.00 per day in West Harbour
  • €5.00 per day (every day) on the Carlisle Pier
  • €20.00 per week in the Underground Car Park.

Annual Parking Permits are also available for €800. For more information view our parking details.