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First Cruise Ship of Summer Heralds Beginning Of Tourism Season in Dun Laoghaire

(Wednesday 17th May 2017) As the arrival of swallows heralds the start of Irish summers, the arrival of the first cruise ship into Dun Laoghaire kicks off the towns summer in luxurious style.

Five star luxury cruise ship Serenissima, which weighs in at over 2,500 tonnes, is the length of a soccer pitch, has 59 cabins and a passenger and crew complement of 160 people, will call today, Wednesday 17th May ,allowing its passengers and crew take in the sights of Dun Laoghaire and surrounds.

Welcoming the ship into Dun Laoghaire, Carolyn Hanaphy of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company said today that “the Serenissima is the first of 8 cruise ship visits scheduled for Dun Laoghaire this summer, bringing with them nearly 3,000 passengers and crew into the town. We are always delighted to see these ships come to our town and spend some time here. Each of these ships is welcomed alongside the historic Carlisle Pier leaving disembarking passengers and crew just 500 metres from the town centre where they can enjoy all that Dun Laoghaire offers in terms of hospitality, shopping and good restaurants and pubs all within a short stroll from the ship.”
Dun Laoghaire Harbour Master Capt. Simon Coate today said that “Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company work hard to secure luxury ships of this kind to come and visit our harbour. The Serenissima which will stop off on her way around the “Gardens of the British Isles” is a charming vessel with a unique style. During a major refit the owners commissioned Swedish interior designers to create an 18th century influenced Gustavian style interior. The unique style and grandeur of this vessel certainly is in keeping with the unique aesthetics of our 200-year-old harbour, making Dun Laoghaire a sought-after port of call on her voyage.”  

The ship is on a 12-day cruise of the “Gardens of the British Isles”. She left Portsmouth 7 days ago and has already made numerous stops along the English coast, has stopped off in Bantry Bay to visit Garnish Island and Waterford and now she is calling to Dun Laoghaire to visit Powerscourt Gardens. The ship will continue onto Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland on route to her final destination in Oban in Scotland. 

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Further Media information
Carolyn Hanaphy, Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company 01 2713203 / 087 788 2056
Kieran O’Byrne MSS on behalf of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company (086 254 7949)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laser Masters2018 Worlds launched at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

 

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.

 

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For further information contact

 

Laoise Donnelly, Fáilte Ireland Press Office

01 8847 195 / 086 0404 788

 

Editor’s Note

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.

 

Cruise berth facility on track as An Board Pleanála seek further information from Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company.

           

April 7, 2017 Category: NewsPress Release  

 

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

 

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 For further information contact

Alan Cantwell 086 8147855.

cantwellmedia@gmail.com

 

 

Dun Laoghaire Harbour hosts Freedom of Entry to Irish Naval Service

dlr Awards Freedom of Entry to Irish Naval Service – to be accepted by crew of LÉ Eithne

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

                               

 

 

 

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

Photos:

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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