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Drive-In Movies are Back

Drive In 5

The Drive-in movies in the ferry standage area are back! There will be 25 movie nights in the harbour between now and December 8th.
For a full list of movies and booking details please click here 


Record number of cruise passengers expected in 2015 for Dublin Bay

In 2011, the Dun Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group was formed to bring together various stakeholders with an interest in developing cruise business for the greater Dun Laoghaire area . This stakeholder group includes Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and Dun Laoghaire Business Improvement District [BID].

The Dun Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group engaged in a vigorous marketing campaign, particularly in the United States, to enable Dun Laoghaire to tap into this growing market. Dun Laoghaire welcomed two cruise calls in 2012 with 140 passengers onboard. Last year saw 13 cruise vessels use the facilities at Dun Laoghaire, with the highlight of the season being the visits of Cunard’s Queen Mary II and Queen Victoria.

“Since 2012, due to the attractiveness of Dun Laoghaire and its wonderful harbour, the number of cruise bookings has grown exponentially and 2015 will be the most successful year ever for Dun Laoghaire in terms of attracting cruise passengers to the harbour.” , according to Gerry Dunne, CEO of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company.

23 cruise vessels have been confirmed to visit Dun Laoghaire in 2015. The size of these ships is such that they will bring a record 66,867 passengers. With Dublin Port expecting to attract 60,751 cruise passengers, it will be a record year for Dublin Bay. 2015 will be the first year where the number of cruise passengers landing in Dun Laoghaire will exceed those landing in Dublin Port,” Mr. Dunne said.

“The great opportunity for Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Dublin Port is to work collaboratively to emulate the success of Copenhagen in attracting approximately 500,000 cruise visitors per year, which would represent a quadrupling of visitor numbers coming to Dublin Bay in 2015”, Mr. Dunne added. “Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company will be working with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and Dun Laoghaire’s Business Improvement District to ensure that cruise passengers have a memorable visit to the town and are encouraged to return again, providing a valuable source of business for retail outlets and restaurants, which will deliver a huge economic boost for the town and its hinterland.”

“Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company is currently finalising an application to An Bord Pleanala under Strategic Infrastructure Development to build a new €15m cruise berth facility to cater for the “next generation cruise ships”. “The development of the cruise business is a key element of the Dun Laoghaire Habour Masterplan published in 2011 and is consistent with the role set out for the Habour in the government’s National Ports Policy, which sees Dun Laoghaire Harbour developing as a marine leisure and tourist destination of international calibre” Mr. Dunne said.


McManus Appointed to board of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD, has announced the appointment of Don McManus to the Board of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company. Don McManus – who is Chairperson of Dun Laoghaire Business Improvement District (BID) – has previously served terms on the board of the Harbour Company. Don is from Dun Laoghaire, and is Managing Director of his family-owned business which has operated in Dun Laoghaire since 1928. Click here to read more


Afloat.ie Article

Mr. Nixon and the Harbour Company share one thing in common – a passion for Dún Laoghaire Harbour. It is a unique amenity for the people of Dún Laoghaire, for the City and County of Dublin and for the nation. Since its construction almost 200 years ago, it has served and continues to serve an evolving community of interests. Read More


Dún Laoghaire to Take Part in Competition to Host a National Diaspora Centre

Dún Laoghaire to Take Part in Competition to Host a National Diaspora Centre

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) has, today (14.04.14) said that it hopes to take part in a competition – operated by Failte Ireland – to create a national diaspora centre.

One of the key deliverables of the Harbour Company’s master plan is the creation of a diaspora centre on the historic Carlisle Pier.  Meanwhile, Fáilte Ireland – last week – issued a call for ‘expressions of interest’ in delivering a national diaspora centre.

According to the CEO of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Gerry Dunne, “The Fáilte Ireland call for expressions of interest in delivering a national diaspora centre comes at a good time for Dún Laoghaire.  We are now at the point of having assembled all ideas for the centre, including a sustainability plan, so we are absolutely ready to take part in the competition to deliver a national diaspora centre.

“In the event that Dún Laoghaire is selected by Fáilte Ireland, we would be in a position to market the Dún Laoghaire diaspora centre as the ‘national centre’ and this would obviously assist in marketing at a global level.”

Gerry Dunne was speaking at a lunchtime seminar today which was organised by DLHC on the issue of diaspora policy.  The key issues arising from the seminar will be used to inform the Habour Company’s submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs public consultation on diaspora policy, which runs until 23rd April.

“The Harbour Company is acutely aware of the role which the Harbour in Dún Laoghaire played in the lives of so many of our diaspora.  Indeed, we were reminded of this at numerous points during last week’s State visit by the President to England.

“We intend to lean on our history; our research on diaspora that has been undertaken to inform the planned diaspora centre; and the lessons from the Global Diaspora Forum – which we hosted last year in conjunction with the US State Department – to inform our submission to the Government’s consultation on diaspora policy.  In addition, the contributions at today’s seminar will also help inform our submission,” said Gerry Dunne.

Among those attending today’s seminar in Dún Laoghaire was Labour Party MEP, Emer Costello, who has been a strong supporter of the planned diaspora centre at Dún Laoghaire.  According to Ms Costello: “The past week – with the State visit to England – was a watershed in Anglo-Irish relations.  There was a strong acknowledgement of our shared history, but there was also huge expectation about our future relationship. But, throughout all of last week, I could not help thinking that among those for whom this visit had the greatest import were the diaspora.  Those women and men who left these shores in search of work.  From the unskilled labourers and house maids to the highly-educated professionals.

“Their story is a story shared by Irish diaspora in the four corners of the world.  Some excelled and exceeded levels of achievement that they might never had the opportunity of doing, had they not taken the boat.  Others, were less fortunate.  But ultimately, the Irish abroad – our diaspora – are strong and numerous, and want to be connected. We need them to be connected.  It’s a globalised society and they are one of our strongest assets if we’re to be effective in business, education and development.

“It gives me great pleasure therefore to be here today, as part of this discussion on Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company’s submission to the consultation by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on diaspora.  From the day I was briefed about plans to create a diaspora centre on the harbour here, I have been a supporter.  I believe the plans by the Harbour Company have capacity to deliver the connection to our diaspora abroad, as well as to tact as an education and leisure amenity for everyone: Irish people, new Irish and those from across the globe with an interest in diaspora,” she added.



Dublin’s First Drive-in Cinema at Dún Laoghaire Harbour

Press Release 

Thursday, 13th March 2014

Dublin’s First Drive-in Cinema at Dún Laoghaire Harbour 

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company in partnership with Underground Cinema have today (13.03.2014) launched Dublin’s first drive-in cinema ahead of the St. Patrick’s bank holiday weekend. The Drive In is located inside the standage area of the Ferry Terminal at Dún Laoghaire Harbour.

Family favourite ‘Grease’ will kick off the screenings on Saturday (15.03.2014) at 7pm followed by classic thriller ‘Jaws’ at 9pm. There will be a further four screenings over the over the course of the weekend including:

  • Back to the Future on Sunday, 16th March at 7pm
  • The Usual Suspects  on Sunday, 16th March at 9pm
  • The Goonies on Monday, 17th March at 7pm
  • The Commitments on Monday, 17th March at 9pm.

Tickets can be booked online at www.underground-cinema.com/drive-in-movies or at the Drive In on the day and each screening will take up to 80 cars. 20 pedestrian tickets are also available for each screening. On arrival, audience members check in at the Drive In and have the opportunity to order snacks including pizza from Dún Laoghaire pizzeria ‘Bits and Pizzas’. Staff will then direct cars to their parking location where the audience can tune into the radio frequency displayed on the screen.

Commenting today, JP Montgomery, Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company said: “One of our key responsibilities in Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company is to maintain and enhance the recreational value of the Harbour. Bringing the first drive-in cinema to Dublin has been an exciting undertaking for us and will undoubtedly deliver a significant economic benefit to the town. The Harbour has such potential as a tourism destination and we anticipate a great level of activity over the bank holiday weekend. Ticket sales for the Drive In have been excellent with people and families coming from all over the country.

Four screenings are planned for the end of March as well as further screenings later in the year. March screenings include:

  • Despicable Me 2 on Saturday, 29th March at 7pm.
  • Alien on Saturday, 29th March at 9pm.
  • Monsters University on Sunday, 30th March at 7.45pm
  • Casablanca on Sunday, 30th  March 30th at 9.45pm



Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Makes Appointments to Board of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company


Monday, 10th March 2014 


Three new Board members have been appointed to the Board of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD.

The appointments – which come into effect immediately – include:

  • Mark Finan who is a barrister-at-law with particular expertise in regulatory compliance, European and international law. He lives in Monkstown, Co Dublin.
  • Justin McKenna who is a solicitor at the Dún Laoghaire-based solicitor practice, Partners at Law.
  • James Jordan is a retired SIPTU trade union official and continues to be a community activist in the Dún Laoghaire area.  He lives in Glenagaery, Co Dublin.

The Board of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company now comprises eight members, which is the maximum membership it can have.

Speaking on the appointments, Chairperson of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Eithne Scott Lennon said:  “The appointment of three additional members to the Board of the Harbour Company by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, gives us greater strength as we move into one of the most active development phases in the Harbour’s history.

“Following on from the Harbour Company’s development plan, we are now embarking on the execution of some major infrastructural projects which will – I believe – position Dún Laoghaire as the primary leisure port facility in Ireland.”

Plans include the delivery of an International Diaspora Centre on the historic Carlisle Pier, a deep cruise berth facility and a new mixed use housing and retail development.  A number of initiatives to add to the leisure offerings at the Harbour have already been instigated, including the Urban Beach project, the  Shackleton Exhibition and the new drive-in movie initiative which will commence later this month.  A key area of development for the Harbour Company has been the increase in cruise-calls to Dún Laoghaire in recent years, and we expect to deliver 100,000 leisure visitors and crew to Dún Laoghaire and its hinterland in 2015



RFT – New Cruise Berth Consultancy Services

A key element of the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Masterplan is the attraction of cruise ships to the  Harbour, and the provision of facilities to enhance the Harbour as a port of call for this market.

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, acting on behalf of the Dún Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group, now wishes to appoint a Multi-disciplinary Consultancy Team to provide all professional services necessary to carry out planning and preliminary engineering design for the required new berth and supporting facilities, to prepare the planning application and accompanying EIS, and to manage the planning consenting process through to completion.

Download the Cruise Berth Project Brief or visit www.etenders.gov.ie for more information.


Five Days Left to Share Your Views on Proposed ‘Urban Beach’ for Dún Laoghaire


Friday, 20th September 2013

Five Days Left to Share Your Views on Proposed ‘Urban Beach’ for Dún Laoghaire 

– Artist impressions of proposed facility published –

Members of the public have five days left to share their views on a proposed new floating swimming pool and ‘urban beach’ facility for Dún Laoghaire Harbour.  The facility is being developed by Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company as part of its long-term ‘Masterplan’ for the Harbour.

A consultation on the proposed new facility has been underway for the past month, and will close at 5pm on Friday, 27th September.

The plan for Dún Laoghaire Harbour includes a floating swimming pool containing heated and treated seawater, designed on a converted river barge which would be located on Berth 1 adjacent to the East Pier. The barge would also house an ‘urban beach’, and a second ‘urban beach’ would be located alongside the floating structure.

Today (20.09.13), Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company published artist impressions of the proposed facility.  These are available to view at: www.dlharbour.ie/urbanbeach.

Commenting today, Tim Ryan, Operations Manager with DLHC, said: “We are the proud custodians of a beautiful, historic harbour, and it was important for us that the design of the proposed new floating swimming pool and urban beach reflects that.

“Our aim is to complement the existing attractions of the East Pier, and to draw inspiration from the Harbour’s rich history.  For example, the pod structures in the proposed new facility were inspired by the old-fashioned timber cargo crates, which would have been a common sight on the Piers when Dún Laoghaire was a more traditional shipping port. Each structure is single-storey and slightly dispersed to allow some visual penetration to the Harbour while ensuring privacy for bathers.  Importantly, the floating pool will sit below pier level, and will therefore not detract from views of the Harbour from the East Pier.

“Changing and toilet facilities, a café, an administration area, and entrance and security features are also included in our initial plan. There is potential to have additional seating to the rear of the pod structures, as well as access to the café and toilet facilities both from the ‘urban beach’ side and from the Pier side.”

It is anticipated that an entrance fee would be charged for the use of the urban beach and pool, and this is likely to be equivalent to the price of a cinema ticket.  According to Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, the proposed floating swimming pool and ‘urban beach’ has the potential to attract 140,000 visitors and to generate up to €1 million per annum for the local economy.

“Interested members of the public – including local residents and businesses, the sailing community, public representatives, and tourism organisations – have five days left to offer their views and recommendations on our proposals,” said Tim Ryan.  “We are hoping to submit a planning application before the end of 2013, with a view to having the new facility operational by the summer of 2015.  In putting together our planning application, we will consider all views and feedback gathered during this public consultation process.”

The floating swimming pool and urban beach project is being developed by Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company with support from Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.  The overall cost of the project is expected to be in the region of €2.5 million.  Once operational, it is envisaged that the facility will be self-financing.

Submissions to the public consultation on the project can be made by post to: Urban Beach Design Team, Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Harbour Lodge, Crofton Road, Dún Laoghaire,  or by email to consultation@dlharbour.ie.

Further information and frequently asked questions are available at www.dlharbour.ie/urbanbeach.


Luxury Sailing Ship Returns to Dún Laoghaire Harbour

The award winning, luxury sailing ship ‘The Wind Surf’ will return to Dún Laoghaire Harbour tomorrow (31.08.2013.) The five masted sailing ship is using Dún Laoghaire as a turnaround port meaning that guests will embark and disembark in Dún Laoghaire. The ship departs Dún Laoghaire at 6pm on Saturday evening ahead of a seven day ‘Idyllic British Isles’ cruise which includes Waterford, Pembrokeshire in Wales and Scilly Isles, Falmouth, Dartmounth and London in England.

In 2013, Dún Laoghaire Harbour handled a record 14 cruise ship calls from cruise line customers including P&O, Cunard and Windstar Cruises, bringing up to 30,000 passengers and crew ashore. This is up from just 200 passengers in 2012

The Wind Surf also visited Dún Laoghaire in July and  is the largest ship in the Windstar Cruises fleet which operates five sailing yachts known for their luxurious amenities and unique ports of call. Carrying 312 guests and 191 international staff, The Wind Surf has a remarkable seven triangular, self-furling, bridge operated sails.

Wind Surf

The Wind Surf sailing into Dún Laoghaire Harbour in July 2013. Pic: Kyron O’Gorman

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