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Dun Laoghaire Harbour Emergency Management Plan 2015

The Irish Sunday Independent ran a story today concerning our Harbour Emergency Plan.

As a result of a request at an An Bord Pleanala Oral Hearing last week, the Company agreed to upload a number of documents to our website – one of these was our Emergency Plan.

The Emergency Plan is an internal document and it is not a requirement for ports to publish their Emergency Plans.

Unfortunately, due to an administrative error, the previous version of the plan was uploaded. Once this error was spotted, the previous version was replaced with the current plan , from which we have been operating for a number of years.


Dun Laoghaire Harbour welcomes host of German visitors

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The month of September sees the arrival of the annual Oktoberfest to Georges Dock in Dublin. While the city drinks in the German culture Dun Laoghaire Harbour welcomes thousands of German visitors searching for their own slice of “Irishness”.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour is delighted to welcome German visitors in the form of the newly built TUI Cruise ship ‘Mein Schiff 4’ along with a German Navy Corvette visit later in the month.

MEIN_SCHIFF_4Mein Schiff 4 which translates to ‘My Ship 4” visits Ireland for the first time and calls to Dun Laoghaire on the 18th September with up to 2506 guests and 1000 crew.

The new ship was completed in late 2014 in the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. She comes complete with a 25m swimming pool, basketball court, sea view sauna and guests can expect to pay up to €5,495 for a suite on a 10 day cruise on board this luxury German vessel. The ships first sailings in August have seen her travel around the Nordic regions stopping off in ports such as Oslo, Helsinki and Copenhagen.

She will soon start an 11 day round trip departing Hamburg on the 12th September, travelling to Scotland, Northern Ireland, Dun Laoghaire, the UK and back to Germany. The ship will then take to warmer waters later in the year cruising around the Canary Islands.

Mein Schiff 4 guests will be welcomed to Ireland by a host of local Dun Laoghaire volunteers to advise on the best local attractions. The town has also laid on a “traditional” music session for a proper Irish welcome.

Ludwigshafen am Rhein F264Later in the month Dun Laoghaire Harbour welcomes its second German visitor in the form of the German Navy. The 90m long 1850 tonne German Navy vessel ‘Ludwigshafen am Rhein’ visits the harbour from the 25th – 28th September. The German corvette will be on show at the Carlisle Pier for navy enthusiasts and members of the public 26th Sept 13:00 – 17:00 & 27th Sept 14:00 – 16:00.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour to host LÉ James Joyce commissioning

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company are honored to host the commissioning ceremony for the new Naval vessel L.É James Joyce to take place in Dun Laoghaire Harbour this Tuesday 1st September 2015 at 14:30.

The town of Dun Laoghaire has a strong link with the ships namesake James Joyce.  The novelist and poet playwright made the local Martello tower the setting of his masterpiece novel, Ulysses and the Martello tower is home today to the James Joyce Museum.

LE_JAMES_JOYCEL.É James Joyce is an new offshore patrol vessel replacing the 35-year-old LÉ Aoife. The ship will survey the exclusive economic zone off Ireland’s coasts, extending toward Great Britain in the East and into the Atlantic in the west. It will cover over 158,000 square miles in area with the use of fly drones to monitor such an extensive area.

The €50m James Joyce will be almost 300 feet long, powered by two diesel engines and have a top speed around 26 mph. There are currently 8 Ships in the Irish Navy all named after Irish and Celtic Mythological figures, LÉ or Long Éireannach Eithne ,LÉ Aoife, LÉ Aisling, LÉ Niamh, LÉ Roisin, LÉ Samuel Beckett, LÉ Orla & LÉ Ciara.

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Defence Simon Coveney T.D will conduct the naming and commissioning ceremony on the Carlisle Pier in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

le james joyce imageOpen to public for viewing – LÉ James Joyce will be open to the public to view on Wed 2nd September from 1400-1700hrs.

Summer is coming to Dun Laoghaire Harbour


Friday, 5th June 2015


Dun Laoghaire will be a hive of activity this June, as the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company commences its June Activity Programme. The June activity programme will comprise a number of cruise calls, family-fun activities, the starting point for the Sonia O’Sullivan 5K Run and the two hugely popular Rainbow Runs, Ireland’s longest running 5k fun run.

21 April 2015; Former World Champion and Olympic silver medallist, Sonia O'Sullivan, launches the Sonia 5K, in association with Euromedic Ireland, which takes place in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday, June 13th, to mark the 20th Anniversary of her historic victory in the 5000 metres at the IAAF World Championships in Gothenburg in 1995. Pictured are Sonia O'Sullivan with athletes from left, Olwyn Dunne, Ann Grennan, Marie Therese McCoy, Niall Campbell and Orna Dilmorth. Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Key dates in the June programme will include:


  • HB IceCream Bus: From Friday, 5th June to Sunday, 7th June, the HB Goodbye Seri-Bus will be bringing people on a fun-filled, ice-cream beach trip from Nassau Street to Dun Laoghaire.

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  • Showcasing: An Exhibition of Marine Artists will be held on Saturday and Sunday, 6th and 7thJune, and the Irish Youth Dance Festival will have a small outdoor showcase on Saturday, 27thJune as part of their annual event.

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  •  Races: Three 5K runs will be held in June. The Sonia O’Sullivan 5K Run, will place Saturday, 13th June with a reception held in the Harbour Plaza. Fun runners are invited to take part one of the two very popular Rainbow Runs on Saturday, 20th June 10am & 3pm.

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  • FunFair The fun fair will open beside the Ferry Terminal on Friday 26th June running until Sunday 12th July – the perfect opportunity for a family day out!

funfair on the green

The Celebrity Silhouette cruise ship will arrive in Dun Laoghaire on her maiden voyage to Ireland Sunday, 14th June, and the beautiful Wind Surf will visit again on 29th June. The cruise welcome programme, specially devised by the Dun Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group will be taking place during these visits to ensure the visitors take maximum advantage of what the town has to offer.



July will also be a busy month for Dun Laoghaire, with highlights for the July programme including:

  •  VOLVO Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2015: The 6th edition of the sailing event runs from Thursday, 9th July to Sunday, 12th July, and will attract more than 2,500 sailors from the UK and Ireland


  • Kiddies FunFair – Children under the age of 10 can enjoy an array of bounce amusements on the east pier from Friday, 17th



 CONTACT: Emily Brennan, DHR Communications @ 01-4200580 / 086-1658629.


2015 Dun Laoghaire Cruise Season Launch


Monday, 11th May 2015


The Dun Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group launched its 2015 cruise season at the Harbour Lodge, Crofton Road, Dun Laoghaire on Wednesday, 6th May 2015.
2015 is set to be the most successful cruise season for Dun Laoghaire, with an expected 100,000 passengers and crew expected to arrive into the Harbour over the next five months. A total of 21 calls will be made to Dun Laoghaire Harbour, with many of the ships involved bringing in more than 5,000 passengers and crew.
The first cruise visit of the season will take place on Tuesday, 12th May with the arrival of the Royal Princess.

The third generation cruise ship will be on its maiden voyage, and will carry over 5,000 crew and passengers. Other ships that will take in Dun Laoghaire on their maiden voyages will be:

• Splendida (21st May)
• Celebrity Silhouette (14th June)
• Star Legend (26th June)
• Britannia (14th July)
• Mein Schiff 4 (18th September)

Ahead of the calls, the Dun Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group has put in place a welcome programme which will run for each cruise call. The welcome programme will comprise of:

A welcome event will take place from 1pm to 3pm on each day of a cruise visit in the Lexicon Gardens. This event will feature traditional Irish dancing and music by local traditional Irish band, Celtic Hearts. This event will also be open to the public.

A team of eight local volunteers will greet each cruise arrival. The multi-lingual volunteers will be armed with local knowledge to help the cruise guests with any queries they might have. The ambassadors will also be dotted throughout the town, and will be easily identifiable in bright green jackets. The ambassadors will inform the passengers of local sights activities, and will also highlight the availability of free Wifi in the town.

On arrival, cruise passengers will be transported by four 16-seater Mercedes mini-coaches from the harbour to the welcome event in the Lexicon Gardens. Courtesy shuttle buses will provide continuous transport services throughout the day, every day the cruise is in the harbour. The shuttle bus pick-up location will be signposted and easily identifiable for cruise crew and passengers.

Dun Laoghaire Stakeholder Group is comprised Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and the local BID Company.

Speaking ahead of the event, Chairperson of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Eithne Scott Lennon said: “We are delighted to be welcoming cruise visits in such numbers to Dun Laoghaire over the coming months.

“The forthcoming cruise season will give us a small insight into the potential which the cruise business has for Dun Laoghaire and the greater hinterland. The Harbour Company has been working collectively with the Council and local businesses to ensure that visitors get a taste of the local area through our welcome programme. Increased cruise visitors should provide a welcome boost to the local economy.

“This cruise season offers a wonderful opportunity to showcase what is available in the area for visitors, and I hope that the wider community will join in the welcome events and entertainment. While it’s important to impress the cruise visitors, I also believe that more local families and people interested in ships will also come out to Dun Laoghaire and enjoy the impressive sight of these ships in our harbour. Apart from the multi-story third generation cruise ships, there will also be a selection of smaller and intriguing ships that will come right into the Harbour.

“Everyone can join in the entertainment that is being organised, and I would advise people to log onto our website or follow us on social media to get the latest updates on visits and activities,” added Ms Scott Lennon.




18th May 2015


Urban Beach 3

An Bord Pleanála has granted Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) permission to proceed with its plans for a floating swimming pool and urban beach at the historic East Pier of the Harbour.

Permission was granted in late-2014 by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, but had been appealed.

The project has been inspired by the popular Badeschiff facility in Berlin, a floating swimming pool on the River Spree.  The plan for Dún Laoghaire Harbour includes a floating swimming pool containing heated and treated seawater, utilising a converted river barge which will be located within the Harbour.  The facility will include an Urban Beach alongside the floating structure, on Berth 1 adjacent to the East Pier. Changing and toilet facilities, a café, an administration area, and security features are also planned.

The Harbour Company estimates that urban beach has the potential to attract 100,000 visitors per year and to generate over €1 million per annum for the local economy.

Urban Beach 2

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company hopes to be in a position to open the facility for the summer season in 2016.

According to Tim Ryan, Operation Manager, of DLHC:  “Today’s go-ahead by An Bord Pleanála is very welcome, and marks a vital step in realising the full potential of the Harbour as a marine, leisure and tourist destination of international calibre.”

“The urban beach will be a hugely exciting project for Dun Laoghaire as a while. It is very much in keeping with the Government’s National Ports Policy which designated Dún Laoghaire as a harbour focusing on marine leisure, marine tourism, and urban development. Today’s decision allows us to follow through on our mandate.

Urban Beach 1Over the coming months, Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company Harbour is set to welcome a record 100,000 cruise passengers and crew. “Combined with the news of the urban beach, the future for Dun Laoghaire Harbour is really shaping up, as set out in the Company’s Masterplan of 2011,” added Tim.

Contact: Catherine Heaney @ 01-420 0580.

French Navy make courtesy visit to Dun Laoghaire Harbour


Thursday, 23rd April 2015

French Naval Training Ships Paid Courtesy Visit to Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Three French naval training ships paid a courtesy visit to Dun Laoghaire Harbour in May. The Harbour Master of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Simon Coate, accepted the invitation from the French Ministry of Defence for the ships to visit.

image3The ‘Lion’, ‘Leopard’ and ‘Eglantine’ were in Dun Laoghaire from Friday 1st – Monday 4th May as part of a training excursion, the aim of which was to teach French Navy students how to sail a ship. Coastal and ocean navigation and manoeuvre teaching was taught during the training. Each ship is fully equipped with lecture and training rooms as well as specific teaching equipment. During the training excursions, the ships were also employed by the French Ministry of Defence for the watch and guard of French maritime approaches, and all ships have the ability to release counter-oil products, used for counter pollution missions.

Speaking in advance of the arrival of the naval ships, CEO of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Gerry Dunne, said: “We’re delighted to welcome the three French naval training ships to Dun Laoghaire. This year will be an extremely busy one for the Harbour, with over 20 cruise calls taking place this summer. The visit of the naval ships offers a nice start to this season and they should act as an interesting sight for local ship enthusiasts. We’re also looking forward to welcoming the French naval students to the town.”




Below is a photo taken at the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company. (Left to Right) Gerry Dunne (CEO), Lieutenant Hubert Gerard (French Navy), Simon Coate (Harbour Master), Warrant Officer Dominique Le Pen (French Navy), Lieutenant Caroline Vallego (French Navy) and Irish Navy Officer.



Gerry Dunne CEO DLHC, 3 Captains of the Navy Ships, Simon Coate DLHC Harbour Master and Irish Navyfrench navy 2

Masterplan Short Listed for Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) award

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Masterplan Shortlisted for Prestigious Award for Planning Excellence


Dun Laoghaire Harbour Masterplan has been shortlisted in the ‘Excellence in Planning to Create Economically Successful Places’ category at the 2015 Planning Awards for Excellence.

The Awards, run by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) will be held at the Pullman London St Pancras Monday, 6th July 2015.


The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Masterplan was published in 2011 following extensive consultation with harbour stakeholders. The plan seeks to extend the recreational and amenity value of the harbour; to promote investment; and to generate sufficient revenue from commercial operations to ensure the sustainability of the maintenance programme and marine facility that the harbour provides. In short, the objective is to transform the harbour into a living, vibrant area, offering facilities for people to live, work and relax. The Masterplan envisages development over a 15 – 20 year period. It will be reviewed every five years.

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Gerry Dunne, the CEO of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company said today:

“I am delighted that our Masterplan has been nominated for such a prestigious award. A huge amount of work was put into the drafting of the Masterplan which aims to transform the harbour into a living, vibrant area for people to live work and relax, while at the same time preserving the unique character that has made the harbour such an amenity over decades. The nomination comes at a time when we are in the midst of a public consultation process on one of the key proposals in the Masterplan – the development of a new cruise ship berth facility, to enable the harbour to cater for new, larger cruise ships. This will be a great boost for all those who want to see Dun Laoghaire Harbour thrive”, Mr. Dunne said


The RTPI represents 23,000 planning professionals worldwide and promotes spatial planning, shapes policy and raises professional standards. The Awards for Planning Excellence have been run by the RTPI for over 30 years to recognise planning excellence.


This year’s headline sponsor is AECOM with other sponsors and supporters including Bilfinger GVA, The Planner, Planning Aid England and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.


Janet Askew, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute said: “The shortlist reflects the very best planning projects, strategies and processes that are helping to make great places for people to live and work. The 80 finalists highlight exceptional examples of planning that have made an impact and brought considerable benefits. It will be a tremendous challenge picking individual category winners from such a high quality field.”


Andrew Jones, Practice Leader for Design, Planning + Economics, EMEA at AECOM said:

“AECOM is proud to be this year’s headline sponsor of the RTPI’s Awards for Planning Excellence. The shortlist is a diverse mixture of outstanding examples of planning, which really demonstrate the impact the profession has on quality and delivery in the built environment.  We look forward to seeing which entries the judges select as the category winners.”


Projects on the shortlist have been recognised for their national contribution to planning and demonstrate how significant schemes can be delivered speedily through the planning and other consents systems.


For more information visit the RTPI website.




For more information:


Josh Rule: Royal Town Planning Institute: Tel: 020 7 929 8182 /


Tony Heffernan/ Emily Brennan, DHR Communications: 01-4200580 / 087-2399508 / 086-1658629.


Notes for editors


About the RTPI


  1. With 23,000 members worldwide working in the public, private, charitable and education sectors, the RTPI is the largest professional institute for planners in Europe. As well as promoting spatial planning, RTPI develops and shapes policy affecting the built and natural environment, works to raise professional standards and supports members through continuous education, training and development.


  1. The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence celebrate the contribution that planners and planning make to society, highlight exceptional examples of planning and inspire others to achieve the same high standards.


For further general information, visit the RTPI website at: RTPI is a charity registered in England 262865 and Scotland SC 03784.

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Public Consultation to Open on Plans for New Cruise Berth Facility for Dun Laoghaire Harbour


 Thursday, 26th March 2015

Public Consultation to Open on Plans for New Cruise Berth Facility for Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Members of the public and harbour stakeholders are being invited by the Dun Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group to submit their views on plans for the development of a new cruise berth facility for large cruise ships in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

The two week public consultation process will open next Monday (30.03.2015) and is being launched in advance of an expected planning application to An Board Pleanala for the project. The planning application will be made by Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company on behalf of the Dun Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group.

The cruise industry is an important and growing sector of the tourism market.  Cruise ships are getting bigger in size, offering more facilities to passengers, but requiring deeper water and longer berths to accommodate them.  Over 50% of new ships currently on order are over 300m in length. At present Cobh is the only port in Ireland that can accommodate these vessels. If facilities are not put in place, Ireland risks losing out on the expanding cruise tourism market.

Under the Planning and Development Acts, the cruise berth facility is regarded as strategic infrastructure and the planning application must therefore be made to An Bord Pleanala.  It is expected that a finalised planning application and Environmental Impact Statement will go to An Bord Pleanala the end of April / early May 2015.  Responses from the public and stakeholders during the consultation process will be taken into account when finalising the application to An Bord Pleanala. When the final application goes to An Bord Pleanala, observations and submissions may be made by members of the public and certain statutory bodies.

Speaking in relation to the launch of the consultation process, Gerry Dunne, CEO of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company said: “The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Masterplan, published in 2011, identified the need to develop strategies to ensure the long term future of the harbour, in view of the declining importance of ferry traffic.  Development of cruise business was identified as one of the opportunities to be pursued.  In addition, Dun Laoghaire is designated as a marine tourism port under the Government’s National Ports Policy and the development of the cruise business fits into this framework.

“Dun Laoghaire will have its most successful cruise season ever in 2015, with a total of 22 ships expected, bringing up to 100,000 passengers and crew to the harbour. However the development of the cruise berth facility is essential to allow to build on the success to date and to bring even more vessels and passengers to our town.

“The expansion and development of the cruise business offers significant economic benefits to Dun Laoghaire and the surrounding areas. These would include expenditure by disembarked passenger and crew; payments to tour operators by cruise companies and purchases by cruise ships from local supplies while in harbour.

“This is a hugely exciting project for Dun Laoghaire and the members of the Cruise Stakeholder Group are anxious to hear the views of the public before finalising our application to An Bord Pleanala.  Full details of the proposals will be available on the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Website from Monday next at

Observations or comments can be submitted by email to or by post to Jean Finnegan, Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Harbour Lodge, Crofton Rd, Dun Laoghaire, anytime up to 5pm on Monday, 13th April 2015.


Contact: Tony Heffernan / Emily Brennan, DHR Communications, Tel: 01-4200580 / 087-2399508 / 086-1658629.

Note to Editors:

The Dun Laoghaire Stakeholder Group is made up of: Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company; Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council; and the Dun Laoghaire Bid Company.