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


PRESS RELEASE

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

Public Consultation Launched on ‘Urban Beach’ for Dún Laoghaire Harbour

Public Consultation Launched on ‘Urban Beach’ for Dún Laoghaire Harbour

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) has today (28.08.13) launched a public consultation on the development of a floating swimming pool and ‘urban beach’ alongside the renowned East Pier of Dún Laoghaire Harbour.

The proposed facility has the potential to attract 140,000 visitors and to generate up to €1 million per annum for the local economy, according to the Harbour Company.

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, designed on a converted river barge which will be located within the Harbour.  The barge will also house an ‘urban beach’, and a second ‘urban beach’ will be located alongside the floating structure, on Berth 1 adjacent to the East Pier.

Changing and toilet facilities, a café, an administration area, and entrance and security features are also included in the Dún Laoghaire Harbour plan.

It is anticipated that an entrance fee will 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.

Speaking at the launch of the public consultation today, Tim Ryan, Operations Manager with DLHC, said: “The development of a floating swimming pool and urban beach is an exciting and innovative element of the Masterplan for Dún Laoghaire Harbour, which was published in 2011 after extensive consultation with the local community and other stakeholders.  It is intended that the new facility will act as a significant public amenity and tourist attraction, and will create a hub of activity within the Harbour.

“A feasibility study for this project was conducted in 2012, and a project design team was appointed earlier this year.  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.

“We are putting this project out to public consultation over the next four weeks so that all interested members of the public – including local residents and businesses, the sailing community, public representatives, and tourism organisations – can offer their views and recommendations on our proposals,” said Tim Ryan.  “The responses received from stakeholders will help inform the development of the project.”

The consultation is open from now until Friday, 27th September 2013.  Submissions 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.

Prestigious Queen Elizabeth Cruise Liner Docked in Dún Laoghaire Harbour

Prestigious Queen Elizabeth Cruise Liner Docked in Dún Laoghaire Harbour

The prestigious Queen Elizabeth cruise liner is docked in Dún Laoghaire Harbour today (07.08.2013).

Dún Laoghaire is the fifth port of call for the Queen Elizabeth since it set sail from Southampton a week ago on a 10-day cruise of Britain and Ireland. Around 2,000 passengers are due to arrive by tender into Dún Laoghaire today before the ship departs for Guernsey at 9pm. The ship belongs to the world-famous Cunard Line and is decorated in an art deco style reminiscent of 1930s ocean liners.

Speaking after the arrival of the Queen Elizabeth, CEO of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Gerry Dunne, said: “The iconic Queen Mary 2 visited Dún Laoghaire in May and, today, we are delighted to welcome her sister ship, the Queen Elizabeth. It is a tremendous boost for the Harbour to have a visit from a ship of her calibre.

“Recently, Dún Laoghaire has been designated as a centre for marine-related tourism under the National Ports Policy. We believe that cruise tourism has the potential to deliver a significant economic benefit to the town, the Greater Dublin area and the country in general. We’re already hearing from businesses in town that the cruise calls have given a significant increase to the number of tourists visiting Dún Laoghaire.

“During the 2013 season, the Harbour is expecting to handle a record 14 cruise ship calls, bringing potentially up to 30,000 passengers and crew ashore. The figures are very encouraging and it augurs well for our plans to develop the Harbour as the key port for cruise visits along Ireland’s east coast.”

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company is working with the Dún Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group to engage in an energetic marketing campaign to enable Dún Laoghaire to tap into the lucrative cruise market. As part of the Stakeholder Group work, Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company has initiated a pre-application consultation with An Bord Pleanála under Section 37 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000, in regard to proposals for the construction of a new quay in Dún Laoghaire Harbour to cater for vessels of up to c.340m long. This will ensure that the harbour is also capable of catering for the ‘new generation’ of larger cruise vessels.

The Queen Elizabeth is the newest and second largest ship on the Cunard line and features eight restaurants, two theatres, three swimming pools and a games deck, together with a large spa and fitness centre, shopping arcade, libraries, bars, cafés, and a casino. The Queen Elizabeth has taken her name from the legendary Cunard Ocean Liner RMS Queen Elizabeth.

QE Kyron O'Gorman 2

 

John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus arrives into Dún Laoghaire Harbour this Sunday, 4th August from 10am to 7pm.  The Bus is staffed by a crew of three producers / engineers and will provide free tours and workshops in which young people can produce original songs, audio recordings, broadcast quality music videos and livestream events using professional equipment. The Bus will be located on the East Pier.

Gerry Dunne, CEO of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company said: “We are delighted to welcome The John Lennon Education Tour Bus to Dún Laoghaire Harbour. The Bus is a once in a life time opportunity for young aspiring musicians to produce original music, videos, photos, game apps and broadcast projects within the bus’s mobile recording studio and we’re encouraging young people and their families to come down to the East Pier on Sunday.”

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus has toured the United States for the past 16 years. A second bus – built in Germany –  is now three months into a European tour, having been launched by Yoko Ono in Liverpool earlier this year. On its first ever trip to Ireland, the Bus visited  Cork, Laois, Dún Laoghaire and Dublin.

For more information, please visit: http://www.lennonbus.org/

John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Interior
Interior of The John Lennon Educational Bus Tour

 

 

 

Award Winning, Luxury Sailing Ship Docked in Dún Laoghaire Harbour

Award Winning, Luxury Sailing Ship Docked in Dún Laoghaire Harbour

The Wind Surf

An award winning, luxury sailing ship is docked in Dún Laoghaire Harbour today (18.07.2013). The Wind Surf – a five masted sailing ship – is scheduled to embark 300 guests and disembark 280 guests in Dún Laoghaire ahead of a ten day Gaelic Explorer cruise which includes the Isle of Man, Portrush in Antrim as well as Stromness, Invergordon, Peterhead and Edinburgh in Scotland.

The Wind Surf is using Dún Laoghaire as a turnaround port meaning that guests will embark and disembark in Dún Laoghaire. Turnaround ports often enjoy additional economic benefits as guests use local services such hotels and restaurants before and after their cruise.

Speaking about the visit, CEO of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Gerry Dunne, said: “The Wind Surf is using Dún Laoghaire Harbour as an turnaround port which augurs well for our plans to develop the harbour as the key port along the east coast for cruise visits. Clearly, the cruise tourism sector has great potential to deliver significant economic benefit to Dún Laoghaire, the Greater Dublin area and the country in general.”

“Ireland has recently begun to capitalise on the cruise tourism market and over the last few years has succeeded in attracting a growing number of visits by cruise liners. In 2013, Dún Laoghaire Harbour is expecting to handle a record 14 cruise ship calls from cruise line customers including P&O, Cunard and Windstar Cruises, bringing potentially up to 30,000 passengers and crew ashore. This is up from just 200 passengers in 2012.”

“However, the number of trips to Ireland represents a very small share of this potential market and the opportunity exists to grow this business to the Irish economy very significantly. We are working together with the Dún Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group to engage in an energetic marketing campaign, particularly in the United States, to enable Dún Laoghaire to tap into this lucrative market.”

As part of the Stakeholder Group, Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company has initiated a Pre-Application Consultation with An Bord Pleanála under Section 37 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 in regard to proposals for the construction of a new quay in Dún Laoghaire Harbour to cater for vessels of up to c.340m long. This will ensure that the harbour is also capable of catering for the ‘new generation’ of larger cruise vessels. Under the recently published National Ports Policy, Dún Laoghaire has been designated as a centre for marine related tourism and recreational activities.

The Wind Surf 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.

Visit of P&O Arcadia a Landmark in Development of Dún Laoghaire as Cruise Centre

Press Release

Tuesday, 9th July 2013

Visit of P&O Arcadia a Landmark in Development of Dún Laoghaire as Cruise Centre

Today (Tuesday, 9th July) marks another significant landmark in the development of Dún Laoghaire Harbour as a location for visits by cruise ships, with the arrival early this morning of the Arcadia, a mid-size vessel of the famous P&O line.

Around 2,388 passengers have arrived in Dún Laoghaire by tender boat today. Dún Laoghaire is the first port of call since the Arcadia left Southampton on Sunday. The exclusively adult cruise will leave Dún Laoghaire this evening at 6pm and sail north to the Icelandic capital Reykjavik. The 16-deck ship has 82,500 gross tonnes, is 290 metres long and 32 wide and is able to travel at a maximum speed of 24 knots.

Speaking after the arrival of the Arcadia this morning, the CEO of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Gerry Dunne, said: “This is an important day for Dún Laoghaire Harbour and augurs well for our plans to develop the harbour as the key port along the east coast for cruise visits.”

“The cruise line business is a growing market sector in the tourism industry.  Ireland has recently begun to capitalise on this market and over the last few years has succeeded in attracting a growing number of visits by cruise liners.  However, the number of trips to Ireland represents a very small share of this potential market and the opportunity exists to grow this business to the Irish economy very significantly.”

“Working with the Dún Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group the Harbour Company has engaged in a vigorous marketing campaign, particularly in the United States, to enable Dún Laoghaire to tap into this lucrative market.”

“To ensure that the harbour is also capable of catering for the ‘new generation’ of larger cruise vessels, the Stakeholder Group has initiated a Pre-Application Consultation with An Bord Pleanála under Section 37 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 in regard to proposals for the construction of a new quay in Dún Laoghaire Harbour to cater for vessels of up to c.340m long. This is entirely consistent with the designation of Dún Laoghaire under the recently published National Ports Policy as a centre for marine related tourism and recreational activities.”

“The visit of the Arcadia shows the potential of this sector of tourism to deliver significant economic benefit to Dún Laoghaire, the Greater Dublin area and the country in general”.

A further seven cruise vessels are expected to visit Dún Laoghaire Harbour over the next two months including a luxury, masted sailing ship, The Wind Star later this month.

ENDS

Contact: Ciara Murphy, DHR Communications at Ciara@dhr.ie / 087-9626231.

Dún Laoghaire Prepares for Giant Multihull Routes des Princes Race Call

Route de Prince

The first edition of the Route des Princes, a new European Tour for racing multihulls will kick off on Sunday, 9th June from Valencia in Spain to the Bay of Morlaix in France via Lisbon, Dún Laoghaire and Plymouth. The nine multihulls led by the flagship new Maxi 80 multihull Prince de Bretagne will arrive in Dún Laoghaire on Thursday, 20th or Friday, 21st of June depending on weather conditions.

The race seeks to mix exciting competition on the water with engaging activities ashore with a festival taking place in Dún Laoghaire from Friday, 21st June to Sunday, 23rd of June. Festivities start with a concert at the Band Stand on the East Pier at 5pm on Friday along with food courts and children’s amusements. On Saturday and Sunday, the multihulls will race in the bay from 2pm to 5pm with live commentary from Irish Olympic sailor Ger Owens. Bands performing over the weekend include: CRASH, Dirty Epics, Tig Linn, The Army Band, The Shoos, Jupe and Robert Delaney.

Speaking ahead of the event, Gerry Dunne, CEO of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company said, “This year’s Route des Princes festival on the famous east pier is being hosted by the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company in association with the National Yacht Club and Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. It promises to be a great weekend with high quality sailing and a wide breadth of entertainment, from live music to face painting, amusements for kids to a great selection of food and much more. The event will be a great experience for the whole family. The Masterplan for the Harbour fully recognises the importance of increasing public participation in all the leisure activities within the harbour.”

Earlier today, Route des Princes organisers announced the fleet would make a bid for the Round Ireland Speed record during their time in Irish waters.  Irish interest will be in the MOD70 Musandam Oman-Air where Irish offshore sailor Damian Foxall will be part of the crew. Damian is one of the world’s leading offshore sailors and has sailed around the world a remarkable nine times and has won both the Barcelona World Race and the Volvo Ocean Race.

The Routes des Princes is a unique race, highlighting the town and the region’s food and culture at each stopover. The multihulls competing in the Route des Princes will dock in Valencia, Lisbon, Dún Laoghaire, Plymouth and Roscoff. For more information, please visit: http://www.routedesprinces.fr/en/.

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Music Festival 2013

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Festival 2013

Another jam-packed afternoon of music takes place on Sunday, 16th June 2013 at The Plaza, Dún Laoghaire Harbour. The second Dún Laoghaire Harbour Music Festival this summer is organised with support from Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company and sponsorship by Lycamobile.

The Festival kicks off at 1pm and the line-up includes:

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  • Stina O’Neill
  • Robert Delaney Band
  • CRASH
  • VANN MUSIC

In April, Dún Laoghaire Harbour came alive for the first Musical Festival of the summer. Three bands performed from early afternoon and attracted large crowds to Dún Laoghaire. Businesses on the waterfront promenade enjoyed increased custom while Irish musicians reached out to a whole new audience.

Speaking ahead of the second Festival, Lloyd Barber, Festival promoter, said, “The feedback from the first festival was absolutely fantastic with all bands delivering great performances. The location was stunning and we’ve had a great afternoon of sun. The surrounding businesses were all very busy as their customers sat outside and were entertained for free making it a great day for all. Our next show has a brilliant line up with a selection of bands that will appeal to every taste in music; from singer-song writers Stina O’Neill and Robert Delaney and local rock band CRASH delivering a great selection of originals and covers to the up and coming stars the new wave electro band VANN MUSIC.”

The Dún Laoghaire Harbour Music Festival is supported by Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Dún Laoghaire Business Association and Lycamobile.

For further information contact Lloyd Barber on 085 833 7199 or Lloyd@legendsofrock.ie

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