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Dun Laoghaire Harbour welcomes host of German visitors

Press Release

The month of September sees the arrival of the annual Oktoberfest to Georges Dock in Dublin. While the city drinks in the German culture Dun Laoghaire Harbour welcomes thousands of German visitors searching for their own slice of “Irishness”.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour is delighted to welcome German visitors in the form of the newly built TUI Cruise ship ‘Mein Schiff 4’ along with a German Navy Corvette visit later in the month.

MEIN_SCHIFF_4Mein Schiff 4 which translates to ‘My Ship 4” visits Ireland for the first time and calls to Dun Laoghaire on the 18th September with up to 2506 guests and 1000 crew.

The new ship was completed in late 2014 in the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. She comes complete with a 25m swimming pool, basketball court, sea view sauna and guests can expect to pay up to €5,495 for a suite on a 10 day cruise on board this luxury German vessel. The ships first sailings in August have seen her travel around the Nordic regions stopping off in ports such as Oslo, Helsinki and Copenhagen.

She will soon start an 11 day round trip departing Hamburg on the 12th September, travelling to Scotland, Northern Ireland, Dun Laoghaire, the UK and back to Germany. The ship will then take to warmer waters later in the year cruising around the Canary Islands.

Mein Schiff 4 guests will be welcomed to Ireland by a host of local Dun Laoghaire volunteers to advise on the best local attractions. The town has also laid on a “traditional” music session for a proper Irish welcome.

Ludwigshafen am Rhein F264Later in the month Dun Laoghaire Harbour welcomes its second German visitor in the form of the German Navy. The 90m long 1850 tonne German Navy vessel ‘Ludwigshafen am Rhein’ visits the harbour from the 25th – 28th September. The German corvette will be on show at the Carlisle Pier for navy enthusiasts and members of the public 26th Sept 13:00 – 17:00 & 27th Sept 14:00 – 16:00.

Guinness tanks arrive at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

carlisle view tanksIn late 2011, Guinness manufacturer Diageo, announced a significant investment of €153M at the iconic St James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, the home to the world famous brew since it was leased by Arthur Guinness for 9,000 years in 1759.
Holvrieka IDO B.V. in the Netherlands were awarded the manufacturing of the fermenting tanks and the maturation tanks [some 27 in all].

The typical length of the tanks was 22 metres, width varied from generally 5.75 metres to 6.15 metres and with a height in some cases of 6.25. Weight was typically 25 – 30 tons per tank.

Mr. Joop Savenije of Bolk Transport oversaw the logistics from start to finish and the entire operation involved 3 vessels [spread over a 4-5 week window] and the transportation from the harbour to the brewery was completed in 4 separate convoys between 22:00 – 02:00 on the nights concerned. Celtic Forwarding Limited were appointed ship’s agent for all 3 vessels.

A unique feature was the use of Dun Laoghaire Harbour, just outside Dublin Port. The harbour has been a hub for passenger ferries spanning two centuries –  and has four significant yacht clubs which caters very well for the leisure activities of sailing enthusiasts on the Southside of Dublin City. Due to height restrictions of bridges on the approach from Dublin Port to Diageo it was not possible to discharge at Dublin Port – a distance of some 4 kms away – hence the use of Dun Laoghaire.

Over the course of several months meetings between the client and partners took place. Crane Hire LTD. provided the cranes, 3D CAD modelling and all associated lifting services at every stage of the project. The tanks were offloaded in Dun Laoghaire and positioned in the brewery using a Liebherr LTM1500-8.1 500 ton and a Terex-Demag AC350SSL 350 ton telescopic crane.

Transportation to the site – a journey of 9 kilometres – accompanied by police escorts– took just under 3 hours on each occasion by Bolk and Aylward Heavy Haulage.

Brian Lee, Managing Director of Celtic Forwarding Ltd was very pleased with the entire operation which spanned 6 weeks. The last occasion a commercial vessel worked in Dun Laoghaire was 25 years previous – and Brian Lee and Celtic Forwarding Ltd were the agents on that occasion as well!

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Dun Laoghaire Harbour to host LÉ James Joyce commissioning

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company are honored to host the commissioning ceremony for the new Naval vessel L.É James Joyce to take place in Dun Laoghaire Harbour this Tuesday 1st September 2015 at 14:30.

The town of Dun Laoghaire has a strong link with the ships namesake James Joyce.  The novelist and poet playwright made the local Martello tower the setting of his masterpiece novel, Ulysses and the Martello tower is home today to the James Joyce Museum.

LE_JAMES_JOYCEL.É James Joyce is an new offshore patrol vessel replacing the 35-year-old LÉ Aoife. The ship will survey the exclusive economic zone off Ireland’s coasts, extending toward Great Britain in the East and into the Atlantic in the west. It will cover over 158,000 square miles in area with the use of fly drones to monitor such an extensive area.

The €50m James Joyce will be almost 300 feet long, powered by two diesel engines and have a top speed around 26 mph. There are currently 8 Ships in the Irish Navy all named after Irish and Celtic Mythological figures, LÉ or Long Éireannach Eithne ,LÉ Aoife, LÉ Aisling, LÉ Niamh, LÉ Roisin, LÉ Samuel Beckett, LÉ Orla & LÉ Ciara.

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Defence Simon Coveney T.D will conduct the naming and commissioning ceremony on the Carlisle Pier in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

le james joyce imageOpen to public for viewing – LÉ James Joyce will be open to the public to view on Wed 2nd September from 1400-1700hrs.

Proms on the Pier – Temporary Road Closures 29th & 30th Aug 15

Please note Harbour Road will be closed (in part) on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 August 2015  to facilitate

Proms on the Pier

Temporary ​Road closure

  • Saturday 29 August 15:00 to 23:30
  • Sunday 30 August 16:00 to 23:30 hours

on Harbour Road from the entrance to the Stena Compound (east side of Marina entrance) to the Harbour roundabout .

Access the west side of harbour from Crofton Bridge and east side of harbour from bottom of Marine Road or road entrance to NYC . See map of Harbour Road

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Barts Bash is Back in Dun Laoghaire Harbour

“Bart’s Bash – World Record Charity Sailing Event

Hosted by INSC –

The Irish National Sailing Club Dun Laoghaire is delighted to be organising Bart’s Bash on Sunday the 20th September 2015 in aid of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

The event will run in tandem with events all around the world at the same time. In keeping with the Irish National Sailing Club’s ethos of safe and enjoyable sailing we propose a well-run, but simple race for yachts, sportsboats and dinghies.

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As the Irish National Sailing Club’s first event open to the wider sailing community it is hoped that the local sailing community will take part on Sunday the 20th of September.

 The warning signal will be at 11.55am. Supplementary sailing instructions will detail starts for different classes.   Apres Sail @ RIYC.

1720 ShotFor further details on how to sign up, sailing instructions etc see:

Find out a little more on the history of Barts Bash

Championship Conditions Gets 2015 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta Underway

Dublin, Thursday 9th July 2015


Howth Yacht Club’s Storm skippered by Pat Kelly took an early lead in the J109 National Championships being sailed as part of the 2015 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta this afternoon.


The Howth entry made the most of a strong sea breeze gusting to 20 knots that delivered championship conditions and got all 29 classes off to a prompt start on Dublin Bay.

3000 sailors are racing in the four day regatta, the biggest sailing event in Ireland this year.

Second in the 11–boat J109 fleet was the National Yacht Club’s Something Else skippered by John Hall with third place going to recently crowned Irish Cruiser (ICRA) Division One champion, Joker II (John Maybury).


Thursday 9th July 2015, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin:   on the opening day of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta where a fleet of 409 boats are competing.  Photograph:  © David Branigan/Oceansport
Thursday 9th July 2015, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin:
on the opening day of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta where a fleet of 409 boats are competing. Photograph: © David Branigan/Oceansport

Conditions could not have been more different than the first race this time two years ago when light winds frustrated sailors in the biennial event.

Today was equally as testing but for completely different reasons as sailors dealt with choppy seas and gusty conditions that led to a number of collisions and gear damage.

Racing is being staged until Sunday over five separate courses for a combined fleet of 415 boats, with over 180 visiting yachts from 69 yacht clubs.

An impressive line up of eight class zero boats has made Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta one of the biggest turnout this year for the near 40–footers. What’s even more impressive is the fleet has been drawn entirely from outside the Bay. First blood has gone to Conor Phelan’s Ker 37 Jump Juice, just one of four entries from Cork Harbour. Second is returning Scottish entry from the Clyde, Roxstar, the XP38i, skippered by Jonathan Anderson. The 2013 winner of the overall Volvo trophy Nigel Biggs is back and sailing this year in class zero in a new C&C 30 design and placed sixth.

Visitors also top class one’s 18-boat fleet with the Beneteau First 36.7 Wildfire (DJ O’Malley) from Royal Northern Yacht Club leading from Fairlie Yacht club’s MAT 1010 Now or Never. Third is local boat Boomerang, the Kirwan family’s Beneteau 36.7, from the Royal St. George Yacht Club.

Yachts are sailing different courses including trapezoid, windward leeward, and triangular course configurations. A coastal series is also being staged and has drawn a bumper entry of 25, with today’s bay course race won by Royal Irish yacht WOW, skippered by George Sisk, the recently crowned class zero ICRA champion.

In the one design and dinghy divisions, sailing in the west or the north west of Dublin bay, there were plenty of familiar names at the top of the fleets.

Royal Ulster’s Paul Prentice leads an impressive 16-boat Sigma 33 fleet, Ian Mathews the Flying Fifteens, Vincent Delany the Squibs and in an impressive 35–boat turnout for the GP14s, Ballyholme Yacht Club’s Ruan O’Tiarnaigh and Niamh McCormick lead.

Unfortunately, a first race collision with a Beneteau 21 on the same course has almost certainly put Flying Fifteen contenders Ben Mulligan and Alan Green out of the regatta.

Sailing in Seapoint Bay, with a 150-160 degree wind, a seven boat Fireball dinghy fleet sailed two races and Conor Clancy leads with a first and a third.

Selected results only from VDLR Day One. Full results available on


IRC CLASS 0  1. Jump Juice (C Phelan) 2. Roxstar (J Anderson) 3.Auora (R Stuart / B Ram))


IRC CLASS 1  1. Wildfire (D/J O’Malley/Urquhart)  2. Now or Never 3 (N Stafford) 3. Boomerang (Kirwan Family)


IRC CLASS 2   1. Injenious (M & G Crompton & Hallworth) 2. Wildebeest V (C Latimer) 3. Checkmate XV (D Cullen)


IRC CLASS 3   1. Dux (A Gore-Grimes) 2. Maximus (P Kyne) 3. Fusion (R Colwell & R Cobbe)


J109  1. Storm (P Kelly) 2. Something Else (J & B Hall) 3. Joker 2 (J Maybury)


SIGMA 33  1. Squawk (P Prentice) 2. Leaky Roof 2 (A Harper) 3. Popje (T McCourt)


BENETEAU 31.7  1. Levana (J Mitton) 2. Crazyhorse (F Heath / I Schuster) 3. Prospect (C Johnston)


The Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta is Ireland’s biggest sailing event and takes place for the next three days until Sunday 12th July with over 400 boats and 3,000 competitors taking part. There is a great festival atmosphere 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 or find Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Facebook and Twitter.



For further information contact:

Kevin Moore, FleishmanHillard, 01 6188499 / 086 8252611 E:

Lydia Tierney, FleishmanHillard, 01 6188459 / 085 7138810 E:


RNLI Tonne of Water- Respect the Water Campaign

RTW logoOn Thursday 9th of July 2015- the RNLI’s  ‘Tonne of Water- Respect the Water’ Campaign began.

What is the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign?
Respect the Water is the RNLI’s national drowning prevention campaign, which forms a key part of the charity’s approach to halving the number of accidental coastal deaths by 2024. It has been developed using best practice from successful public safety campaigns such as Think! And Fire Kills.

The campaign is primarily targeted at men aged 16–39, who account for the majority of coastal deaths each year. It aims to raise drowning as an important and relevant issue in the UK and Ireland, highlighting the extent of the problem by using strong messaging, thought-provoking statistics, and real stories to encourage safer behaviour. In 2015, Respect the Water will be bigger than ever, with wider-reaching advertising and harder-hitting campaign materials.

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Why is the campaign needed?
An average of 59 people lose their lives in Irish waters each year, which is more than the number of pedestrians and cyclists who lose their lives on Ireland’s roads.



Most of the people who die around the coast each year did not even plan to enter the water – slips and falls while walking and running are a major cause of coastal deaths. And it’s not the adrenaline sports putting people at risk – it’s everyday use of the coast which often results in fatalities.

Through Respect the Water and other coastal safety initiatives, the RNLI is aiming to halve the number of accidental coastal deaths in the UK and Ireland by 2024.

As part of the campaign the RNLI have a tonne of water (as seen above) in place on the East Pier here in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. During the busy summer this tonne is there to bring the “Respect the Water” message to all Harbour users.

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Cruise Berth Planning Application – Available Online

The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company cruise berth planning application to An Bord Pleanala is now live online.

Details can be found at This website provides all the documentation in relation to the Cruise Berth planning application made to An Bord Pleanála.

Alternatively, the documents may be inspected free of charge or purchased on payment of a specified fee (which fee shall not exceed the reasonable cost of making such copy) during public opening hours for a period of 7 weeks commencing on 09 July 2015 at the following locations:

  • The Offices of An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1.
  • The Offices of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Civic Offices, County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin.

Port Summer Carnival Dun Laoghaire Fri 26th June – 12th July 2015

The Port Summer Carnival is back in Dun Laogahire Harbour this summer and its bigger than ever.

Opening on Friday 26th June there is fun for all the family with the Big Wheel, Take Off, Frizbee, Dogems and Carousel.

Opening Times:

The FunFair will run from Fri 26th June to Sunday 12th July

Mon – Fri – Open from 2pm each day

Sat / Sun – Open from 12 noon

We hope it will be as much of a success as the 2014 funfair. This years event will take place beside the Ferry Terminal. Just keep an eye out for the Big Wheel !

For more details follow

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Proformances from the Irish Youth Dance Festival 2015 at Harbour Plaza

Irish Youth Dance Festival 2015

2015 sees the Irish Youth Dance Festival celebrate its 15th year – making it Ireland’s longest running dance festival.  This unique and hugely popular event will offer audiences both new to and familiar with contemporary dance the opportunity to see the most exciting up-and-coming young dance talent Ireland has to offer – along with performances from dancers from the US and UK.

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TWO BOYS copyThere will be a wide range of performances and workshops on offer beginning Saturday June 27th with free dance workshops at dlr Lexicon Studio in Dun Laoghaire from 10.30am – 12.30am. Free outdoor performances will follow at the Harbour Plaza at 1pm and 4pm with a free studio performance at dlr Lexicon Studio at 5pm.

On Sunday June 28th at 8pm, the festival will showcase national and international youth dance at Dun Laoghaire’s Pavilion Theatre.

Tickets are available from the Pavilion box office on 01 – 231 29 29 or free booking online @ Tickets $14.

Friday July 3th sees the festival will move to The Axis Arts Centre in Ballymun with free Dance Workshops at Axis Dance Studio from 4 – 5 pm in Creative Dance for ages 6 – 12 yrs with American guest choreographer Ms.Toni Bravo and from 5 – 6 pm Urban Fusion Dance for ages 12 – 22+ yrs with Karla Holden from DYDC. Limited places – Booking Axis Reception 01 883 21 00



On Saturday July 4th at 8pm, Local, National and International companies from the festival will go on stage at The Axis Arts Centre to perform for audiences in Ballymun.

The IYDF programme for 2015 will feature dancers aged from 12 to 25, and offer a real variety of performances showcasing dancers, choreographers and companies from across Ireland. Dublin Youth Dance Company (DYDC), who present the festival together with company AD Mariam Ribón, is Ireland’s premiere contemporary youth dance group, and are known for their beautiful, passionate and imaginative work.

The festival will also be presenting work be international artists, including new work by Mexican American choreographer Toni Bravo, whose career has included experience with London’s Royal Ballet and with contemporary dance legend Pina Bausch.  Some of her work with dancers here and from the US will be presented during IYDF. Ajos Dance from England, fronted by JJ. Formento who was DYDC’s first director, will also be performing during the festival.


The festival will also include a dance residency by Toni Bravo in collaboration with Dance Ireland, and a photographic exhibition by Irish artist Sharon Murphy.


Mariam Ribón says, “I am delighted to present the 15th Irish Youth Dance Festival, a very vibrant cultural activity with young people and attractive for all ages. It has been the most exciting year working with Dublin Youth Dance Company and the fabulous cast of 16 dancers of 8 young male and 8 female dancers. I can’t wait to see them all in action with all the rest of companies and performers at the IYDF 2015.”

The IYDF is funded through DYDC by the Arts Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and supported by DTI’s Centre for Dance and Dance Ireland.