IRELAND TO HOST LASER MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 2018
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL SAILING COMPETITION CONFIRMED FOR DÚN LAOGHAIRE
- Laser Masters2018 Worlds launched at Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company’s Harbour Lodge
- Up to 500 Competitors from more than 40 nations to compete
Tuesday 18th April 2017, Dún Laoghaire, Ireland: The Laser Masters Worlds (2018World Championships) was launched at a special event in Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company’s historic Harbour Lodge today by Shane Ross, T.D., Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.
This is the second time in three years that Ireland has been chosen to host a Laser Worlds event. The Laser Radial Worlds were held in Dun Laoghaire last summer.
Commenting on the news, Minister Ross said:“This event will showcase Dún Laoghaire Harbour on the international sailing stage. With up to 500 competitors from more than 40 nations competing in the Championships, this will generate significant revenues for the local economy and great exposure for Ireland.”
Annalise Murphy, 2017 Olympic Silver Medallist in the Laser class at the Rio Games, will act as event ambassador.
The Laser Masters 2018 Worlds takes place in Dún Laoghaire harbour from 7th to 15th September 2018 and will be hosted by The Royal St. George Yacht Club, the National Yacht Club, the Royal Irish Yacht Club and Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company. The event is supported by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and Fáilte Ireland.
Eithne Scott-Lennon, Chairperson, Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company said“It is very gratifying to see another international event of this calibre coming to Dun Laoghaire. In 2013 the various yacht clubs combined with the Harbour Company to promote Dun Laoghaire as a world-class venue for such events, which are won through a competitive process involving many nations. The event will be held in Croatia in 2017 and has been held in France and Canada in recent years. This success is evidence of the success of that initiative.”
David Kelly, Chairman of the Laser Masters 2018 Worlds organising committee said, “This is a significant achievement and another exciting milestone in the sailing history of Dún Laoghaire. Apart from the financial benefits locally, it is a unique opportunity to showcase our beautiful harbour and everything Dún Laoghaire has to offer. We are looking forward to some top-class sailing and to welcoming all our competitors from all over the world.”
Paul Keeley, Director of Business Development with Fáilte Ireland, who are supporting the event, today said: “Competitive international events like this are a great way to put Ireland on the map as a destination and reinforce also our Island’s reputation as a great venue for sailing, water activities and outdoor pursuits.”
1,000 supporters and volunteers will be involved in helping to host the Laser Masters 2018 Worlds.Over the past number of years Dún Laoghaire has played host to some of the most prestigious European and world sailing championships including the Youth Sailing World Championships in 2012 and the KBC Laser Radial Worlds in 2016.
For further information contact
Laoise Donnelly, Fáilte Ireland Press Office
01 8847 195 / 086 0404 788
The Laser is a single-handed racing dinghy. It is an Olympic class boat for both men and women and is sailed at national and international levels. With over 200,000 boats in 140 countries, it is the world’s most popular adult and youth racing sailboat. It is popular throughout Ireland.
Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) has been informed that An Bord Pleanála will not be defending a Judicial Review of the decision of the Bord to grant planning permission to DLHC for the development of a cruise berth facility in the harbour. The Judicial Review had been taken on behalf of Save our Seafront, who had opposed the development. An Bord Pleanála has now determined that certain technical requirements of the Habitats Directive necessitate additional information to be supplied by DLHC. It is recommending that the planning application is sent back to the Bord for this additional information to be assessed. DLHC will co-operate fully with such a request by An Bord Pleanála.
Commenting, DLHC CEO Gerry Dunne pointed out that while the nature of the issues have yet to be outlined in detail they are believed to be “technical and not substantive”. Mr Dunne added that protecting the sensitive environmental and historical significance of the harbour and its environs remain a priority for DLHC.
The proposed 250 metre berth will, it is anticipated, attract c. 50 cruise calls a year (from May to September), an average of 2 a week. The money generated from these visitors will amount to €10m to the local economy annually
For further information contact
Alan Cantwell 086 8147855.
Marine Artists return to the East Pier Dun Laoghaire this Spring/Summer.
- April 15th, 16th and Bank Holiday Monday 17th
- April 29th, 30th & Bank Holiday 1st May
- June 3rd ,4th & Bank Holiday Monday 5th June
- July 8th & 9th
- Aug 5th , 6th & Bank Holiday Mon 7th
- Sept 2nd & 3rd
Exhibition entry form can be downloaded below
An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Councillor Cormac Devlin, cordially invites you to a ceremony marking the conferral of an Honourary Freedom of Entry to the County for the Irish Naval Service. This Award is in recognition of its humanitarian service on behalf of the people of Ireland and the European Union and to acknowledge the duties undertaken by the Irish Naval Service as part of Operation Pontus. The Award will be accepted by the crew of the LÉ Eithne on behalf of the Irish Naval Service.
The LÉ Eithne crew will accept the honour at a formal ceremony in Dún Laoghaire Harbour Plaza on Friday 31st March at 1pm. There will be live music and a short parade by the Army Band and the crew of the LÉ Eithne. The event will be mc’d by Mary Kennedy from RTÉ. Following the event the Naval Services will also be offering the public guided tours of the LÉ Eithne on Friday afternoon and evening.
An Cathaoirleach would be delighted if you were able to come to the Plaza on Friday 31st March to witness this very special event in the year of the Harbour Bicentennial.
Date: Friday, 31st March 2017
Venue: Harbour Plaza, Dún Laoghaire
Time: Event: 1pm
22nd March 2017
Dun Laoghaire Harbour to welcome 100,000 visitors to celebrate Bicentenary
Dun Laoghaire is set for a summer of celebrations to mark the Harbours 200th anniversary. The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary Steering Group has announced its programme of activities to coincide with the milestone event.
The Opening Ceremony will be officiated by President Michael D Higgins & the groups Patron Minister Mary Mitchell O Connor on 31st May. Other featured events include an International Harbour Food Festival featuring over 25 unique vendors (4th & 5th June), a live Viking Invasion re-enactment with longboats as seen on the hit TV Show ‘Vikings’ (20th August) and The Kingstown 200 Classic Boat Race (8th July).
100,000 visitors are expected to visit the Harbour this summer to participate in the free public events.
The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company in collaboration with a range of local stakeholders have put in place a schedule of exhibitions, workshops, lectures and events to mark the Bicentenary.
Gerry Dunne, CEO of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company: said “the programme of events throughout the summer reflects the cultural and historical role the Harbour has played not just in Dun Laoghaire but in its wider environs over the past 200 years”. Thanking all those who worked tirelessly on the project, Mr Dunne said “the Bicentenary will bring a welcome boost to the local economy and reinforce the sense of public pride in one of the country’s greatest landmarks”.
More information can be found at www.dlharbour200.ie .
Contact: Alan Cantwell @ 086 8147855. email@example.com
Note: Steering Group members include Dun Laoghaire Business Improvement District, National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre, The Pavilion Theatre, RNLI, The Coal Harbour Users Group, Irish National Sailing School & The Combined Dun Laoghaire Yacht Clubs.
Irish ports will have their busiest ever cruise ship season in 2017 with over 300 cruise ships scheduled to visit ports and harbours, large and small, around the island. The record year further extends the success of the past 3 years which has seen a 50% increase in the number of cruise calls to Ireland.
Details of the record numbers were released by Cruise Ireland during its attendance at Seatrade Cruise Global, the world’s largest expo for the cruise industry which is taking place this week in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Cruise Ireland, an All-Ireland Marketing cooperative, made up from the island’s ports, shipping agents, excursion companies and visitor attractions, however, believes that there is scope for even greater significant increases in the number of cruise ship visits.
Speaking at Seatrade, Joe O’Neill, current Chairman of Cruise Ireland and Belfast Harbour’s Commercial Director, said:
“In the past 10 years the island of Ireland has outperformed the European market place; recording average annual growth in cruise passenger numbers of 13% against the European average across the same period of 9%. Feedback from cruise lines on their experience of visiting Ireland is very positive and encouragingly the cruise industry is projecting that demand for Ireland as a cruise destination will continue with a 14% growth forecast to 2020.”
“The island of Ireland continues to deliver world class experiences for the international cruise visitor and with Titanic Belfast recently being voted as the world’s leading tourist attraction we have a broad range of world class, must see attractions, right across the island i.e. Guinness Storehouse, Blarney Castle, Giant’s Causeway and the Cliffs of Moher to name but a few. Awareness of Ireland as a cruise destination has grown significantly in recent years however we are confident that by aligning our marketing efforts with the international marketing campaigns managed by the island’s national tourism agencies – Tourism Ireland, Failte Ireland and Tourism NI, that there is a huge opportunity for us to reach an even wider cruise audience.”
Currently most cruise ships to the island call at ports in the major cities of Dublin, Belfast and Cork, but smaller ports such as Galway, Derry-Londonderry, Waterford, Killybegs and Dun Laoghaire are also attracting calls, spreading the economic impact of the cruise industry across the whole island.
Mr O’Neill added:
“The members of Cruise Ireland have been attending Seatrade for over 21 years now and we are realising the fruits of our efforts with the 300+ calls the island will receive this year. It is essential that we are here to ensure that the potential of the island is raised among each of the Executives from the Cruise Lines represented at this conference to make sure that Ireland remains firmly fixed as a destination of choice offering multiple calls in close proximity and ultimately an exceptional visitor experience.”
Cruise ships calling at Irish ports range from the largest vessels operating in Europe such as the Royal Princess with over 5,000 passengers and crew to smaller expedition and luxury vessels with just 50 passengers.
For more information please contact:
Notes to Editors
Around 40% of visitors are from North America, 20% from Germany and 15% from Great Britain.
The most popular shore excursions for cruise visitors include the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction Titanic Belfast, the Guinness Storehouse, Blarney Castle, and the Giant’s Causeway.
Cruise Ireland is a ‘Business to Business’ marketing association established to promote the island of Ireland as a world class destination for the international cruise community. Its members include ports and harbours as well as port agents, shore excursions companies, visitor attractions and DMO’s.
“SOME HISTORY OF DUN LAOGHAIRE HARBOUR, 1817-2017”
BY CORMAC F. LOWTH
2017 marks the 200th. anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone for the
great Harbour of Dun Laoghaire. Cormac F. Lowth be presenting a vast array of
rare and interesting illustrations and photographs along with a host of informative
facts about a great many aspects of the Harbour over the past two hundred years.
He will be looking at the old Harbour of Dunleary, the building of the great Harbour
of Refuge, the transition to Kingstown, and later Dun Laoghaire, and these will
include the naval presence, yachting activities, shipwrecks, the R.N.L.I., fishing,
maritime commerce, mailboats, and much more.
The meeting will commence with the launch of a new copy of the Society’s journal
which has been specially commissioned to mark the occasion of the 200th.
anniversary of the Harbour. It is entitled “A Safe Anchorage” and it contains a great
many articles about the Harbour that have published in the Society’s journals over
the years. Price is €8
Location : Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire
Time :8pm 22.03.2017
Admission : €3 All Welcome
Parking free for ticket holders