May 20th & 21st 2017.
See the sneak peek here
Drifting is the fastest growing motorsport in the world and combines the most exhilarating and exciting elements of multiple disciplines to create one heart-stopping show.
Drifting is a high-skill, high-powered motorsport that calls for drivers to control a 200hp to 1,000hp car while it slides sideways at high speed through a marked course. It is a similar to rallying, but on a closed, compact and spectator-focused course and is judged on execution, style and speed rather than on who finishes the course fastest.
Drifting takes all the thrilling moments and challenges from traditional motorsports and packs them together into non-stop competition where 120 drivers must battle head-to-head in order to find a winner.
It is incredibly difficult to master, extremely dangerous and rewards only the most naturally skilled competitors. It is very much the chosen motorsport of the new generation and is currently the most-watched and followed motorsport in Ireland.
THE IRISH DRIFT CHAMPIONSHIP
The Irish Drift Championship is the only professional drift series in Ireland and is currently regarded as one of the world’s best in terms of popularity, presentation and driver talent. The championship is now entering its 13th consecutive season, witnessing dramatic growth in attendance and viewership in recent years.
The Irish Navy LE James Joyce visited Dun Laoghaire Harbour last weekend. Presentation of the International Operational Service Medal to members of the Permanent Defense Force in recognition of their service in humanitarian mission overseas at Carlisle Pier, Dun Laoghaire on 26 November 2016.
Friday 25th November 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation
Launches Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary Steering Group
Minister Mary Mitchell O Connor today became Patron of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary programme
Convening in the historic Harbour Lodge in Dun Laoghaire, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation met the members of the Steering Group, which includes the Pavilion Theatre, DLR County Council, the RNLI, the Coal Harbour Users Group, The National Maritime Museum, Dalkey Heritage Centre, a representative of the 4 Yacht Clubs, the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company and Dun Laoghaire Business Improvement District (BID).
The Bicentenary Steering Group met to discuss a series of initiatives to commemorate and celebrate the 200 year history of this historic harbour.
May 31st 1817 saw the laying of the first stone in the creation of one of the world’s finest man-made harbours , originally named as “The Royal Harbour of King George 1V at Kingstown”
Gerry Dunne, CEO of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company said ” this is an incredibly exciting initiative , of national and international significance. We will be engaging with members of the Irish Diaspora all over the world, so that we can gather relevant stories and memorabilia, and create a legacy both online and physical, a legacy which this special place fully deserves”
Contact: Carolyn Hanaphy 01 271 3203 firstname.lastname@example.org
Image 1 – Steering group meet in the Harbour Lodge Boardroom (Group Photo).
Image 2 – (L-R) Donal Marren (Chairperson of the Group), Minster Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O Connor & Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Cathaoirleach Cormac Devlin.
Image 3 – Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary Logo.
Dun Laoghaire Harbour welcomes the Defense Forces this Saturday 26th November 16.
Members of the Permanent Defense Force will be presented at a ceremony on the Carlisle Pier with the International Operational Service Medals in recognition of their humanitarian mission overseas.
The LE James Joyce (P62) will return to berth on the Carlisle Pier in recognition of the event at 12:00.
The event will not be open the public but can be viewed from the Harbour Plaza or the East Pier.
Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company are delighted to invite tenders for the following concessions for a 2/3 year period
- Ice Cream vendor in the Battery, East Pier
- Hot Food vendor East Pier
- Hot Drink vendor East Pier
Closing date for tenders is 16.12.2016.
Tender applications to be made via www.etenders.gov.ie.
9th November 2016
Tenant sought for 10 year lease in former Terminal Building of 45,300 sq.ft.
An Bord Pleanala grant planning permission for Cruise Ship berth
Two important property developments occurred last week in Dun Laoghaire. The first was the grant of permission by Bord Pleanala permitting access for cruise ships of up to 250m to berth in the harbour, and the second was the decision by Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company to offer a 10 year lease opportunity in the former ferry terminal at St Michael’s Pier which will bring considerable interest to potential occupiers.
On Friday last planning permission was granted by An Bord Pleanala for an €18 million cruise ship berth. Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company have welcomed the board’s decision and estimate that the new 320m berth will allow the harbour to accommodate up to 80 per cent of cruise ships that currently visit Dublin Bay while the largest cruise ships will be able to dock in Dublin Port’s Alexandra Basin. It is estimated that this new berth will attract circa 50 cruise calls a year (from May to September), an average of two a week, each with an average of 2,000 cruise visitors who will disembark to spend money in the area. The money generated from these visitors could, over a season, amount to €10m. It is expected that the project will take 18 months to construct and it is anticipated that work could get underway next year.
In the meantime Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company has instructed Lisney to offer to let the former terminal building at St Michael’s Pier, Dun Laoghaire to a suitable tenant on a new 10 year lease. The building is superbly located in the heart of the harbour and beside the DART, Town Hall, Yacht Clubs, Shopping Centre, hotels and all amenities. The terminal will not be required by the Cruise Ships. It was constructed approximately 20 years ago and provided extensive passenger facilities, duty free, departure, arrivals and baggage areas. It was last used by Stena in 2015 and more recently part of which recently provided space for the popular Shackleton Exhibition at the front.
The building can be made available for letting in a variety of space configurations. It is potentially suited to a wide variety of occupiers, subject to planning permission being obtained for their particular use. The new 10 year lease opportunity will appeal to larger space occupiers seeking a longer term over which to reap the benefits of any conversion capital investment into rearranging the space to suit their needs. Under the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Development Plan many uses are permitted in principle and open for consideration such as offices, retailing, hotel, community, leisure and exhibition space.
The space present in the building comprises approximately 4,200 sq.m. (45,300 sq.ft.) of gross internal area with extensive and attractive spaces in the former arrivals and departure areas, baggage claim, former 1st floor restaurant, former duty free shops as well as extensive attractive first floor offices of 5,000 sq.ft. and harbourmaster areas. The terminal also benefits from ample car parking facilities and of course, superb harbour views and maritime atmosphere. The space can potentially be sub-divided depending on the nature of the proposals received.
Lisney are inviting expressions of interest and offers of rent to be received no later than 12 noon on Tuesday 13th December 2016. Further information and details of the information required from applicants is available on request from the agents.
Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) welcomes the An Bord Pleanála decision to grant permission for our proposed new Cruise Berth. This decision allows DLHC to accommodate up to 80% of cruise ships that currently visit Dublin Bay.
The new berth will accommodate cruise ships up to 250m in length and will provide many economic benefits to the town of Dún Laoghaire, its hinterland, Dublin and the whole country. At least 30% of the additional expenditure and resultant employment that the berth will generate is estimated to accrue to the Dún Laoghaire area.
It is estimated that this new berth will attract c. 50 cruise calls a year (from May to September), an average of 2 a week, each with an average of 2,000 cruise visitors who will disembark to spend money in the area. The money generated from these visitors will, over a season, amount to €10m.
Eithne Scott Lennon, Chairperson of DLHC, reacted to the news by saying:
“We are very pleased at the decision of An Bord Pleanála. The development of cruise tourism in Dun Laoghaire and its hinterland is recognised in the County Development Plan, the Harbour Masterplan, and the National Ports Policy, which envisages the future of the harbour in terms of marine tourism, marine leisure, cultural amenity and urban redevelopment.
In addition to the positive economic impact for the area, the commercial revenue accruing to the Harbour Company will be significant, particularly in the context of the need for us as a Company to continually invest in the maintenance and upgrading of the massive infrastructure of the 200- year old man-made harbour.
The Grow Dublin Tourism Alliance recognises that Dublin should benchmark itself against Copenhagen in trying to treble the number of cruise calls coming to our capital city over the next five to 10 years. In 2016 Copenhagen attracted 306 cruise calls, in the same year 104 came to Dublin – 96 via Dublin Port and 8 via Dún Laoghaire. The really important aspect of the Copenhagen model is that it facilitates Peak Days, whereby up to SEVEN cruise calls per day can be facilitated. ‘Dublin’ needs to be able to cope with a similar demand.
To realise this potential, it is envisaged that a new Stakeholder Collaboration Group be formed to include the Grow Dublin Tourism Alliance, Dublin City Council, Dublin Business Improvement District (BID), Dún Laoghaire BID, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Dublin Port Company and Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company.
Today’s positive outcome now enables cruise tourism in Dublin to significantly grow by allowing Dublin’s two ports – Dún Laoghaire and Dublin – to collaborate and work with other stakeholders to exploit this great tourism opportunity. DLHC will also be engaging collaboratively with local Stakeholders in the months ahead”.
Editor’s Note: DLHC along with its planning consultants will review the entire findings of the Inspectors Report which the DLHC expects to receive in the coming days. A further release will follow commenting on the entirety of An Bord Pleanála’s findings.
For further information contact:
Paul Allen Simone Rapple
Paul Allen & Associates Paul Allen & Associates
087 2575700 086 8060899
The Harbour Company has teamed up with Fillit, the new online platform that connects people and spaces.
In the past the harbour has hosted a variety of events from the Red Bull Flug Tag , Rainbow Run and The Beatyard.
Fillit puts great locations like Dun Laoghaire Harbour in contact with companies for events, pop-ups, retail, promotions etc.
The spaces available in the harbour are
Find out more www.fillit.ie
The Volvo Dun Laoghaire biennial Regatta is now the biggest sailing regatta in Ireland and second largest in the British Isles after Cowes Week attracting 400 competing boats and 2500 sailors.
The Event is sponsored by Volvo Car Ireland and supported by Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company
& Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council,
The event will take place 6-9 July 2017.
Find out more.