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People on the Pier – Evening projection exhibition at the Lexicon Library

Join a celebration of the People on the Pier Project marking the 200th anniversary of Dún Laoghaire Harbour in 2017. 

Over the last year people have been invited to take photos of themselves walking the two piers (plus some older photos) and post on social media using the handle @dlr_pop & DLR People on the pier.

A selection of these photos will be projected on the side of the LexIcon on Wednesday 6 December from 6.45pm.

This event is the finale of dlr Libraries’ Bicentenary of the Harbour celebrations and is a project which will have a lasting legacy for our Local History Collection.

All are welcome. Come and celebrate with mulled wine and mince pies!

Great Granite Rocks – The architecture of Dun Laoghaire Harbour


Thursday 30th November 2017

Join us on Thursday 30th November 2017 for a talk by esteemed Heritage architect Grainne Shaffrey, to celebrate the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary. Grainne and her practice have an extensive knowledge of Dun Laoghaire harbour having worked on the East Pier resurfacing and the restoration of the Victoria Monument.

Grainne’s lecture will describe the remarkable physical qualities of the Harbour in the context of its historic development and explore some of the very particular ways in which the Harbour continues to be a special place of cultural heritage.

Event Location: Dun Laoghaire, Ferry Terminal Building

Event Time / Date: 19:00 Thursday 30th November 2017


Capacity is limited, so to avoid disappointment please RSVP is essential before Thurs 23.11.2017


Harbour Lights, A Literary Evening

Harbour Lights 

A Literary Evening 19:30 Thursday 23rd November 2017


Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company welcomes a Bicentenary literary celebration this November 23rd. Local authors Bernard Farrell, Julie Parsons and Declan Hughes will join local historian Rob Goodbody for a free literary evening.  The authors will read and discuss their work, significant parts of which are set in the town of Dun Laoghaire.


Dun Laoghaire resident & crime writer Julie Parsons returns after a 9 year break and will discuss the influence Dun Laoghaire has had on her new thriller “The Therapy House” and her other works.

Novelist, author & playwright Declan Hughes will bring his wealth of experience of the literary world and speak about how the harbour has influenced his work.

Award winning playwright Bernard Farrell was born and raised close to the harbour in Sandycove. Bernard will bring a touch of comedy to the event and discuss his extensive career in theatre & arts.


Speakers will discuss their work and the ways in which it has been nourished by a sense of place and local context with moderator & local Historian Rob Goodbody. Guests will be invited to take part in Q&A session at the end of the event. 


Event Location: Dun Laoghaire, Ferry Terminal Building

Event Time / Date: 19:30 Thursday 23rd November 2017

Tickets: Tickets are free but spaces at this event are limited.


Capacity is limited, so to avoid disappointment please book early and reserve a space

Fireworks kick of Christmas in Dun Laoghaire – Sat 18th November

Santa visits Dun Laoghaire Harbour this November to launch the annual Christmas Festival at 5.45 pm on Saturday November 18th. Join us on Harbour Plaza as he switches on the Christmas Lights at 5.50pm. Then the skies over Dún Laoghaire will be spectacularly illuminated with a magnificent fireworks display at 6pm.

Santa’s Postbox will be at at the Christmas Tree beside dlr LexIcon from Saturday November 18th. Everyone is welcome to post their letters to the North Pole and receive a reply before Christmas Day.

1,000 jobs expected for Dun Laoghaire as former Ferry Terminal to house Innovation Campus

New plans announced last week for the old Ferry Terminal in Dun Laoghaire will see it transformed into a state-of-the-art centre for technology, marine and design businesses which could support up to 1,000 jobs. Under the proposed plans, the old ferry terminal will become the Harbour Innovation Campus, a state-of-the-art shared innovation space for multi-national companies, local start-ups and specialist manufacturing firms.

The Ferry Terminal is owned by the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, who have agreed to lease the buildings to the Harbour Innovation Campus (HIC). Speaking on the proposed plan, CEO of the Dun Laoghaire harbour Company Gerry Dunne said; ‘’I am very pleased to announce the news today as the transformation of the old ferry terminal into the Harbour Innovation Campus will reinvigorate the town as a whole and generate around 1,000 jobs new job. On top of this, it will be a major boost to the local economy and local employment as these workers spend money in the surrounding area.’’

On the attraction of Dun Laoghaire for businesses, Gerry said; ‘’Dun Laoghaire is an excellent location for such a facility. The old Ferry Terminal is a unique site, close to the city and with excellent rail and bus links. The HIC is a real opportunity for Dun Laoghaire to become the central innovation and technology hub for Dublin, if not for the whole country. We are hopeful that it will be operational by mid-2018.’’

The Harbour Innovation Campus will become the largest innovation hub in Ireland and one of the largest in the entire EU. It will comprise of a total of 75,000 square feet across the former arrivals hall, departure lounge, baggage hall and ticket office buildings.

Phillip Gannon, the entrepreneur behind the HIC venture, plans to attract a diversity of businesses to the campus.  ‘’Included in the overall plan for St. Michael’s Pier, this innovation campus will not only house innovative tech companies and marine-based enterprises, but also plans to provide a world class makerspace on site for creative prototype design in wood, metal, plastic and electronics.  It will also provide a space within the innovation units for bigger businesses and a range of affordable hot-desks for people working remotely.’’

Speaking about Dublin taking its place among the most innovative and influential cities in the world, Mr. Gannon said “London has its ‘Canary Wharf’ and San Francisco has it’s ‘Fisherman’s Wharf’ whereas Dublin yearns for its own coastal hub and this is it. Inside, founders, innovators and entrepreneurs will find several VC funds, a wide range of trained mentors and numerous business advisors all focussed on helping occupants to grow their businesses.”.


All aboard for the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Rally – Oct Bank Holiday Weekend

Ireland’s largest gathering of vintage commercial road vehicles.

Bank Holiday Weekend 28th, 29th & 30th October 2017.

The Dún Laoghaire Harbour Rally, formerly the Dublin Port Rally is Ireland’s largest gathering of veteran & vintage commercial & private road vehicles. It is being held in Dún Laoghaire Harbour as part of their 200th Bicentenary celebration. Over 220 vintage buses, trucks, fire appliances, military vehicles, vans, cars and motorbikes attended the 2015 event.

It is open to the public from 12 Noon to 6pm Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th and Monday 30th October 2017. Each year the rally nominate a chosen charity, this year is Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

Organised by vintage vehicle enthusiasts, the show has something for everyone and various different vehicles will be on show each day of the event.

Tickets :

Adult 1 Day: €10.00* – Child 1 Day: €5.00

& Family (2 Adults 2 Children or 1 Adult and up to 4 Children) 1 day: €25.00

Public Safety Notice – Dun Laoghaire Piers CLOSED 16th October 17

Notice for all Harbour Users.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company wish to announce that all Piers will be closed to the public from mid-morning today, Monday 16th October until early Tuesday morning while Hurricane Ophelia crosses the country. Persons are requested not to visit the Harbour for the next 24 hours for their own safety.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company