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Public Consultation Launched on ‘Urban Beach’ for Dún Laoghaire Harbour

Public Consultation Launched on ‘Urban Beach’ for Dún Laoghaire Harbour

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) has today (28.08.13) launched a public consultation on the development of a floating swimming pool and ‘urban beach’ alongside the renowned East Pier of Dún Laoghaire Harbour.

The proposed facility has the potential to attract 140,000 visitors and to generate up to €1 million per annum for the local economy, according to the Harbour Company.

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, designed on a converted river barge which will be located within the Harbour.  The barge will also house an ‘urban beach’, and a second ‘urban beach’ will be located alongside the floating structure, on Berth 1 adjacent to the East Pier.

Changing and toilet facilities, a café, an administration area, and entrance and security features are also included in the Dún Laoghaire Harbour plan.

It is anticipated that an entrance fee will be charged for the use of the urban beach and pool, and this is likely to be equivalent to the price of a cinema ticket.

Speaking at the launch of the public consultation today, Tim Ryan, Operations Manager with DLHC, said: “The development of a floating swimming pool and urban beach is an exciting and innovative element of the Masterplan for Dún Laoghaire Harbour, which was published in 2011 after extensive consultation with the local community and other stakeholders.  It is intended that the new facility will act as a significant public amenity and tourist attraction, and will create a hub of activity within the Harbour.

“A feasibility study for this project was conducted in 2012, and a project design team was appointed earlier this year.  We are hoping to submit a planning application before the end of 2013, with a view to having the new facility operational by the summer of 2015.  In putting together our planning application, we will consider all views and feedback gathered during this public consultation process.”

The floating swimming pool and urban beach project is being developed by Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company with support from Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.  The overall cost of the project is expected to be in the region of €2.5 million.  Once operational, it is envisaged that the facility will be self-financing.

“We are putting this project out to public consultation over the next four weeks so that all interested members of the public – including local residents and businesses, the sailing community, public representatives, and tourism organisations – can offer their views and recommendations on our proposals,” said Tim Ryan.  “The responses received from stakeholders will help inform the development of the project.”

The consultation is open from now until Friday, 27th September 2013.  Submissions can be made by post to: Urban Beach Design Team, Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Harbour Lodge, Crofton Road, Dún Laoghaire,  or by email to consultation@dlharbour.ie.

Prestigious Queen Elizabeth Cruise Liner Docked in Dún Laoghaire Harbour

Prestigious Queen Elizabeth Cruise Liner Docked in Dún Laoghaire Harbour

The prestigious Queen Elizabeth cruise liner is docked in Dún Laoghaire Harbour today (07.08.2013).

Dún Laoghaire is the fifth port of call for the Queen Elizabeth since it set sail from Southampton a week ago on a 10-day cruise of Britain and Ireland. Around 2,000 passengers are due to arrive by tender into Dún Laoghaire today before the ship departs for Guernsey at 9pm. The ship belongs to the world-famous Cunard Line and is decorated in an art deco style reminiscent of 1930s ocean liners.

Speaking after the arrival of the Queen Elizabeth, CEO of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Gerry Dunne, said: “The iconic Queen Mary 2 visited Dún Laoghaire in May and, today, we are delighted to welcome her sister ship, the Queen Elizabeth. It is a tremendous boost for the Harbour to have a visit from a ship of her calibre.

“Recently, Dún Laoghaire has been designated as a centre for marine-related tourism under the National Ports Policy. We believe that cruise tourism has the potential to deliver a significant economic benefit to the town, the Greater Dublin area and the country in general. We’re already hearing from businesses in town that the cruise calls have given a significant increase to the number of tourists visiting Dún Laoghaire.

“During the 2013 season, the Harbour is expecting to handle a record 14 cruise ship calls, bringing potentially up to 30,000 passengers and crew ashore. The figures are very encouraging and it augurs well for our plans to develop the Harbour as the key port for cruise visits along Ireland’s east coast.”

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company is working with the Dún Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group to engage in an energetic marketing campaign to enable Dún Laoghaire to tap into the lucrative cruise market. As part of the Stakeholder Group work, Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company has initiated a pre-application consultation with An Bord Pleanála under Section 37 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000, in regard to proposals for the construction of a new quay in Dún Laoghaire Harbour to cater for vessels of up to c.340m long. This will ensure that the harbour is also capable of catering for the ‘new generation’ of larger cruise vessels.

The Queen Elizabeth is the newest and second largest ship on the Cunard line and features eight restaurants, two theatres, three swimming pools and a games deck, together with a large spa and fitness centre, shopping arcade, libraries, bars, cafés, and a casino. The Queen Elizabeth has taken her name from the legendary Cunard Ocean Liner RMS Queen Elizabeth.

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Award Winning, Luxury Sailing Ship Docked in Dún Laoghaire Harbour

Award Winning, Luxury Sailing Ship Docked in Dún Laoghaire Harbour

The Wind Surf

An award winning, luxury sailing ship is docked in Dún Laoghaire Harbour today (18.07.2013). The Wind Surf – a five masted sailing ship – is scheduled to embark 300 guests and disembark 280 guests in Dún Laoghaire ahead of a ten day Gaelic Explorer cruise which includes the Isle of Man, Portrush in Antrim as well as Stromness, Invergordon, Peterhead and Edinburgh in Scotland.

The Wind Surf is using Dún Laoghaire as a turnaround port meaning that guests will embark and disembark in Dún Laoghaire. Turnaround ports often enjoy additional economic benefits as guests use local services such hotels and restaurants before and after their cruise.

Speaking about the visit, CEO of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Gerry Dunne, said: “The Wind Surf is using Dún Laoghaire Harbour as an turnaround port which augurs well for our plans to develop the harbour as the key port along the east coast for cruise visits. Clearly, the cruise tourism sector has great potential to deliver significant economic benefit to Dún Laoghaire, the Greater Dublin area and the country in general.”

“Ireland has recently begun to capitalise on the cruise tourism market and over the last few years has succeeded in attracting a growing number of visits by cruise liners. In 2013, Dún Laoghaire Harbour is expecting to handle a record 14 cruise ship calls from cruise line customers including P&O, Cunard and Windstar Cruises, bringing potentially up to 30,000 passengers and crew ashore. This is up from just 200 passengers in 2012.”

“However, the number of trips to Ireland represents a very small share of this potential market and the opportunity exists to grow this business to the Irish economy very significantly. We are working together with the Dún Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group to engage in an energetic marketing campaign, particularly in the United States, to enable Dún Laoghaire to tap into this lucrative market.”

As part of the Stakeholder Group, Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company has initiated a Pre-Application Consultation with An Bord Pleanála under Section 37 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 in regard to proposals for the construction of a new quay in Dún Laoghaire Harbour to cater for vessels of up to c.340m long. This will ensure that the harbour is also capable of catering for the ‘new generation’ of larger cruise vessels. Under the recently published National Ports Policy, Dún Laoghaire has been designated as a centre for marine related tourism and recreational activities.

The Wind Surf is the largest ship in the Windstar Cruises fleet which operates five sailing yachts known for their luxurious amenities and unique ports of call. Carrying 312 guests and 191 international staff, The Wind Surf has a remarkable seven triangular, self-furling, bridge operated sails.

Preparations for the RMS Queen Mary II

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Huge preparations underway as Dún Laoghaire gears up for mini-cruise fest to celebrate arrival of world’s largest ocean liner – the RMS Queen Mary II

  • Magnificent QM2 arrives at 7am approx
  • FREE Vintage bus from Dún Laoghaire to Glasthule from 10am
  • Boat trips out to circle QM2 with Dublin Bay Cruises (see www.dublinbaycruises.com)
  • Face painting at St. Michael’s Church from 2pm
  • Street music and dancing at St. Michael’s Church from 2pm
  • Special offers throughout the town
  • First of 14 cruise arrivals to Dún Laoghaire this year

Major preparations are underway in Dún Laoghaire as the town gears up for a mini-cruise festival to celebrate this Thursday’s gala arrival of the largest ocean liner in the world – the RMS Queen Mary II.

The spectacular cruise ship carrying 3,000 passengers and 1,200 crew will berth in Dún Laoghaire for the first time ever at 7am this Thursday (16th May 2013).

A five star welcome will see passengers greeted by a piper and Irish dancers as they embark at the old coal harbour from 7am.

The Dún Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholders’ Group has also installed an advanced wireless facility in Dún Laoghaire so passengers, residents and visitors to the town can enjoy extensive free internet access throughout Dún Laoghaire extending as far as the cruise ship itself during their stay.

A ‘mini cruise-festival’ for both cruise and domestic visitors on the day will include family entertainment, boat trips circling the Queen Mary, face painting, a complimentary vintage bus and live music and dancing and special offers throughout the town.

A new IPhone app for visitors to Dún Laoghaire will launch this Thursday morning (16th May 2013) in time the arrival of over 4,000 cruise passengers at 7am.  The ‘CityShopper’ app will offer discounts on tourist attractions, special offers in bars and restaurants and retail deals to visitors to Dún Laoghaire from this week.

Don McManus, Chairman of the Dún Laoghaire Business Association says excitement is rife among the Dún Laoghaire Business community:

“The arrival of the Queen Mary II on Thursday marks the beginning of a new era for Dún Laoghaire.  The business community has been hugely supportive in funding the cruise welcome and associated publicity.  We have big plans to continue with the rapid development of the lucrative cruise market in the coming years. Last year saw the arrival of just two cruise ships carrying 300 crew and passengers.  Following the establishment of a Dún Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group and an aggressive international marketing strategy, this year we will welcome fourteen cruise ships with over 30,000 passengers and crew!”

The initiative is supported by Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Co. Council and the Dún Laoghaire Business Association.