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Dun Laoghaire Harbour to welcome 100,000 visitors to celebrate Bicentenary

PRESS RELEASE

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 .

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Contact: Alan Cantwell @ 086 8147855. cantwellmedia@gmail.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 to welcome record numbers in 2017

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.

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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

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.

 

Irish Drift Championships – Round 2 – 20-21st May 2017 #DriftontheDocks

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The Irish Drift Championship brings Round 2 of the championships #DriftOntheDocks to Dun Laoghaire

May 20th & 21st 2017.

See the sneak peek here

 

WHAT IS DRIFTING?

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. 

 

 

Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation Launches Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary Steering Group

Press Notice

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).

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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”

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Contact: Carolyn Hanaphy 01 271 3203 carolyn@dlharbour.ie

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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.

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East Pier Concessions Spring 2017

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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.

 

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Tenant sought for 10 year lease in former Terminal Building

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.

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Ferry Terminal Building Dun Laoghaire

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.

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Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company welcomes berth planning decision

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”.

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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

 

 

 

Press Release

31.08.2016

Dun Laoghaire Harbour bids farewell to the last cruise ship of 2016.

Wind Surf Dun Laoghaire

WindStar Cruises flagship vessel, the WindSurf today made the last call of the season to Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

Annually the Harbour enjoys a variety of cruise calls from vessels holding 100 to over 3,000 passengers.

This summer saw a total of eight cruise visits with .circa 10,000 passengers and crew visiting the Dun Laoghaire area and surrounds.

The Harbour was delighted to welcome two new vessels in 2016, the TUI Cruises Mein Schiff 1 and the newly refurbished Hebridean Sky.

Six out of the 8 cruise ships visiting this summer were welcomed alongside the historic Carlisle Pier leaving passengers just 500 metres from the town centre.

Dun Laoghaire County Council town ambassadors along with volunteers from the DLR Volunteer centre created a great atmosphere welcoming the visitors to the town.

Carolyn Hanaphy of Dun Laoghaire Harbour today said “We await the planning decision from An Bord Pleanala about our proposed cruise berth, such that we can attract over 100,000 cruise passengers per year.”

 

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Dun Laoghaire Harbour welcomes Pop Ups with popertee.com

Press Notice

Friday 17th June 2016

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company are delighted to team up with the new innovative Pop Up site Popertee, this summer. Popertee is an online marketplace connecting property owners who have spare space with businesses and brand managers who are looking to rent retail spaces on a short-term or “pop-up” basis.

The Harbour Company have five key areas which are unique to the market and fit in with the “popup” Popertee ethos.

 

  • The Harbour Events area is a 16,000 sq.m compound adjacent to the Ferry Terminal building.
  • The historic Carlisle Pier is 8,000 sq.m and overlooks the famous East Pier.
  • The Harbour Plaza area is 3,150 sq.m and adjacent to Marine Road and the busy Pavilion Café/Restaurant area.
  • The Sun shelter is 140 sq.m on the East Pier.
  • The well known and loved Victorian Bandstand on the East Pier.

 

Sun Shelter and Bandstand

A short term rental of these five areas are available for pop-ups such as concerts, theatre productions, corporate events & promotions & children’s entertainment. However we are open to any ideas and would love to see these unique areas utilised. It would be great to see these historic sites utilised for new and exciting ventures!

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The Popertee website compliments the Harbour portfolio of events such as the annual 5k 98FM Rainbow Run and the 2 day August Bank Holiday weekend Beatyard Festival.

“Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company are delighted to offer areas of the harbour for short term lease. We look forward to an increase in footfall and revenue to the benefit of the harbour and town” Carolyn Hanaphy

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Contact:

Carolyn Hanaphy 087 788 2056 carolyn@dlharbour.ie

Aileen Dowling 087 289 0328 aileen@popertee.com.

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Antarctic Explorer reaches Dun Laoghaire

Press Release

Friday 10th June

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The Newly refurbished Hebridean Sky (formally Sea Explorer 1) cruise ship today reached Dun Laoghaire Harbour for its first visit.

The boutique ship holds 100 guests / 72 crew and spends part of its year exploring the Antarctic Peninsula & Falkland Islands.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company are delighted to welcome the first of 2 calls from Noble Caledonian group this summer with this ship returning on the 30th August. The ship was renovated earlier in 2016 and now features all 59 suites facing outwards.

The MS Hebridean Sky is one of three flag ships,  and is sister vessel to the MS Caledonian Sky and MS Island Sky,  which visited the harbour in June 2015.

The 90.6m ship will call to the historic Carlisle Pier after its recent refurbishment to accommodate such visits.

Arriving at 07:00 the ship will visit Dun Laoghaire for 13 hours before heading north to Portrush, Co Down.

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Dun Laoghaire Harbour Master Capt. Simon Coate today said ;

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company works hard to secure luxury ships of this kind to the harbour. The unique aesthetics of the 200 year old harbour makes this a sought after port-of-call”

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Press Queries : Please contact Carolyn Hanaphy at 01 2713203 carolyn@dlharbour.ie

Photo Attached:

L-R – Captain Niklas Peterstam , Carl Mc Evoy Dun Laoghaire Business Improvement District & Dun Laoghaire Harbour Master Capt. Simon Coate welcome Hebridean Sky to Dun Laoghaire.

 

 

 
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