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Bigger & Better Harbour Splash opens 5th May 2019

The team at Harbour Splash are returning for their 2nd year running with a BIGGER & BETTER offering.

Dublin’s only aqua park opens this Sat May 5th until 30th September 2019

The aqua park is a newly extended series of slides, trampolines, climbs, monkey bars and other obstacles for all levels of fitness. 

Tickets : https://harboursplash.rezgo.com/

Red Bull Cliff Diving – Weekend Guide

The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series makes its Dublin debut this May 2019.  Having previously been hosted in Inis Mor, the event makes its Dublin debut in Dun Laoghaire.

The world’s elite male and female divers will go head to head in Carlisle Pier in front of thousands of spectators.

The 2nd stop of the World Series event will be a FREE family event and tickets will not be required. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the show!

 

WHERE : The event can be viewed from the East Pier. See detailed map 

WHEN : Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th May from 5pm however, we do advise everyone to arrive early. The diving board will be located on Carlisle Pier.

Join us in welcoming over 7,000 visitors to Dun Laoghiare

Our 2019 cruise season is nearly upon us. The first two calls of the summer are the two largest of our 2019 schedule.

To welcome this large number of visitors to Dun Laoghaire we invite volunteers to help.

If you are interested in volunteering this May follow the links below to find out more.

Date   Ship Name Passengers Crew
06/05/2019 Monday Norwegian Pearl 2,846 1,087
15/05/2019 Wednesday Costa Mediterranea 2,680 902

Cruise season 2019 is almost here

The 2019 cruise season is nearly upon us. This year we welcome 5 vessels  with over 6,000 passengers in total and over 2,000 crew members.

Norwegian Pearl, Costa Mediterranea & Ocean Atlantic are visiting Dun Laoghaire for the first time.

The ships arrive between 6am and 8am and depart Dun Laoghaire between 5pm and 10pm that evening.

 

Date Day of the week Ship Name Passenger capacity Crew
06/05/2019 Monday Norwegian Pearl 2,846 1,087
15/05/2019 Wednesday Costa Mediterranea 2,680 902
20/05/2019 Monday Ocean Atlantic 190 105
22/05/2019 Wednesday Ocean Atlantic 190 105
20/06/2019 Thursday Star Pride 208 164
07/09/2019 Saturday Star Breeze 212 150
21/09/2019 Saturday Star Breeze 212 150

Bumper fleet of visiting boats this summer

Bumper fleet of visiting boats — including entry from Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club — will add extra spice to July’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta

Regatta launched in Dublin Bay town on Thursday April 4th

With three months to go to the first gun off Dun Laoghaire’s famous harbour, 410 boats are already entered — and more than half the entries are visiting craft.

It is an early-season marine tourism boost for the east coast town, and one that means the next edition of Ireland’s biggest sailing regatta can expect a fleet of 500 yachts and possibly more for this biennial four-day battle of the Irish Sea.

More than 70 different sailing clubs are represented, including the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, from which there are currently 111 entries, and across Ireland. In a nod to the event’s growing international stature, an early entry has been received from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club with ex-pat Jamie McWilliam sailing the production IRC race boat Signal 8, an impressive Ker 40 design.

Growing over the last 14 years, the regatta is now proudly one of Northern Europe’s greatest shows on water, eclipsed only by the UK’s Cowes Regatta, one of the longest-running regular regattas in the world. “Since it first set sail in 2005, Dun Laoghaire Regatta has grown biennially and showcases the very best of Irish sailing action on the water. With a festival this size, the regatta also adds a lot of shoreside summer colour to Dun Laoghaire town”, Event Chairman Don O’Dowd said.

With over 300 sailing races across 30 classes, and 2,500 competitors ranging from Olympic and world-class professionals to weekend sailors, there is a growing acknowledgement of the role of sailing as an economic driver in the harbour town. Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor said “The Regatta has a huge and very welcome sporting, tourism and commercial impact on Dun Laoghaire. The whole town works to make it a success.”

“The Regatta brings a significant amount to the local economy. Using the Irish tourism multiplier, the average expenditure per competitor will be €100 per day which for 2,500 competitors will be €250,000 per day and €1,000,000 over four days.

In an effort to protect our waters we are running the event as a Clean Regatta through the international Sailors for the Sea programme, supported by the MaREI Centre, which will see us implementing a number of Clean Regattas Best Practices to reduce our environmental impact.” O’Dowd added.

But the main interest is on the racing itself. A sideshow of the regatta is the national pride between Ireland and Britain and how many winners can rack up across the four days.
The Volvo Trophy is on the line for the overall winner of IRC and 2017’s winner, Joker II, a local J109 design, is back to defend it. Joker II, under skipper John Maybury, was also the class winner of the highly competitive Class One, and two years later this class has only got stronger with some new local marques such as Andrew Algeo’s J99 Juggerknot II, as well as Scottish and Belfast boats contesting this division.

The Scottish boats come to Dun Laoghaire under the recently developed RC35 class banner that will make the 35-foot regatta one of the most keenly contested battles of the season. As well as Class One, key classes in the line-up include the other IRC rating classes with a visiting fleet of vintage Half Tonners from Howth contesting Class Two.

In addition, ‘one design’ classes will include the Beneteau 31.7s, Beneteau 211, Sigma 33, Ruffian 23s, Dragons and the RS Elites, who stage their British Championships as part of the VDLR, currently with 34 entries. The dinghy classes will include the GP14, Wayfarer, Squib, Mermaid, Flying Fifteen, and single-handed Lasers and Moths.

But it’s not all high-tech racing at Dun Laoghaire. Traditional sailing is still very much a part of the regatta programme. 

Following 2017’s harbour bicentenary celebrations as part of the regatta, Myths & Seabird Half Raters from the 100-year-old Trearddur Bay in Wales are crossing the Irish Sea again for the July festival and will join Dublin Bay’s own historic classes for a classic boat regatta as part of the overall regatta.

O’Dowd says: “The VDLR owes its prominence in European sailing events to a number of factors. One of the core attributes to attracting so many entrants is that it is one of the least expensive sailing events in Europe, thanks to generous sponsorship and support, so providing great value for money for all in the lovely waters of Dublin Bay.

“We also have more than 300 volunteers who give their time and energy to ensure the regatta runs smoothly, as well as the active co-operation of Dublin Bay Sailing Club, local area businesses and the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. 

“And of course the support from the thousands of visitors who come to watch the spectacle and take part in all the family-oriented activities in and around Dun Laoghaire.”

The biennial fixture is organised jointly by the four Dun Laoghaire waterfront yacht clubs (the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club (DMYC), the National Yacht Club (NYC), the Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) and the Royal St George Yacht Club (RSGYC)

The VDLR is kindly supported by

  • Volvo Car Ireland in partnership with Spirit Motor Group (Title sponsor)
  • Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
  • Collen Construction 
  • Rationel
  • Helly Hansen
  • Royal Marine Hotel
  • Dubarry
  • UK Sailmakers

For further information please visit www.dlregatta.org

 

Red Bull Cliff Diving makes its Dublin debut at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Dun Laoghaire Harbour will host the first Dublin Red Bull Cliff Diving World series this May 11th & 12th 2019.

The event is FREE and open to the public. The diving kicks off at 5pm each day.

Diving will take place from the Carlisle Pier and visitors are invited to view the competition from Queens Road and the East Pier.

Parking will be limited on the day so we kindly suggest taking public transport on the day.

Find out more https://cliffdiving.redbull.com/en_IE/article/dublin-stop-moves-dun-laoghaire-harbour 

MCD announce 3 day outdoor summer festival at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

MCD Productions announced their line up for a 3 day festival at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The event takes place over the June Bank Holiday weekend (Fri – Sun).

The event welcomes a host of artists to Dun Laoghaire for the first time and a limited number of early bird tickets are on sale €39.90 (www.ticketmaster.ie)

DEACON BLUE

BASEMENT JAXX DJ SET

STEREO MCS 

MADNESS

LIGHTNING SEEDS

SOMETHING HAPPENS 

PRIMAL SCREAM

THE CHARLATANS

FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS

 

Beatyard announce 2019 Lineup

Saturday will be headlined by heavyweights Groove Armada who play their first full live band show in Ireland in over a decade. They’ll be joined by the crown prince of Nordic Disco Todd Terje and legendary South Bronx party starter Grandmaster Flash. On the Sunday we welcome CHVRCHES who are riding the crest of the wave with their biggest album to date; ‘Love is Dead’, alongside UK soul troopers Jungle, and the man who has become the talk of the town after his recent sold out & wild Dublin show; Marc Rebillet.

Check out more info on them all at www.the-beatyard.com/lineup

Beatyard 2019 – 3rd&4th August 2019

August 3rd/4th 2019

Eatyard Dublin’s favourite street food market with 50+ food areas, demos, food competitions, workshops and the Bernard Shea Flea Market. In the Eatyard tent we’ll have various craft beers, a rum bar, gin bar, and wine & bubbles plus entertainment, talks, food, the Irish Street food awards, and much more. ***Apply to be a vendor here***
 
Gamesyard  Sports & games for adults & kids.
 
Studioyard Art, Design, & Tech Installations.
 
Boatyard Get your Nautical boogie on, literally, on the water with our infamous boat parties – TICKETS
 
Kidsyard – Not an area per se,  but we’ll have various kid friendly activities over the weekend, Facepainting, Gamesyard. Aged 15 and under. Must accompanied by adult with adult ticket. Babies 0-2 go free.