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Marine Art Exhibitions – Summer 2019

A group of Marine artists kicked off their run of 5 exhibitions earlier this month. There are another 4 exhibitions to take place on the East Pier on the following dates 

  • June Bank Holiday Weekend – 1, 2 & 3 
  • July 6 & 7
  • August Bank Holiday Weekend 3, 4 & 5 
  • Sept 7 & 8

The event is free to view . The artists exhibit from 10am to 6pm (weather depending) along the lower deck of the east pier.

Artwork by Darlene Garr

 

Darlene Garr Bio 

Born in the USA, Internationally known Abstract Expressionist, Darlene Garr has been painting professionally for over 35 years and with more than 250 solo and group shows has received wide recognition for her talent, boasting collectors from around the World. 

Since arriving in Ireland, from Brussels, over 22 years ago, she has found her voice. 

“The amazing light, movement and colours in the Irish Skies keep me inspired to create what is seeking expression then joyfully engage with whatever surfaces”.

 

Art by Paul Flynn
Art by Paul Flynn

 

Willie Redmond Bio 

Willie Redmond is from Edenderry, County Offaly. He is now Dublin based. An artist who specializes in acrylics, oils, pastels and mixed medium.

The use of colour, texture,movement,light and draughtsmanship combine to full effect in these engaging pieces.

Observation and detail combine with contemporary projection applied to varied aspects of the landscape and seascape.

 

Art by Willie Redmond

Join us in welcoming over 7,000 visitors to Dun Laoghiare

Our 2019 cruise season is nearly upon us. The first two calls of the summer are the two largest of our 2019 schedule.

To welcome this large number of visitors to Dun Laoghaire we invite volunteers to help.

If you are interested in volunteering this May follow the links below to find out more.

Date   Ship Name Passengers Crew
06/05/2019 Monday Norwegian Pearl 2,846 1,087
15/05/2019 Wednesday Costa Mediterranea 2,680 902

Cruise season 2019 is almost here

The 2019 cruise season is nearly upon us. This year we welcome 5 vessels  with over 6,000 passengers in total and over 2,000 crew members.

Norwegian Pearl, Costa Mediterranea & Ocean Atlantic are visiting Dun Laoghaire for the first time.

The ships arrive between 6am and 8am and depart Dun Laoghaire between 5pm and 10pm that evening.

 

Date Day of the week Ship Name Passenger capacity Crew
06/05/2019 Monday Norwegian Pearl 2,846 1,087
15/05/2019 Wednesday Costa Mediterranea 2,680 902
20/05/2019 Monday Ocean Atlantic 190 105
22/05/2019 Wednesday Ocean Atlantic 190 105
20/06/2019 Thursday Star Pride 208 164
07/09/2019 Saturday Star Breeze 212 150
21/09/2019 Saturday Star Breeze 212 150

Bumper fleet of visiting boats this summer

Bumper fleet of visiting boats — including entry from Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club — will add extra spice to July’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta

Regatta launched in Dublin Bay town on Thursday April 4th

With three months to go to the first gun off Dun Laoghaire’s famous harbour, 410 boats are already entered — and more than half the entries are visiting craft.

It is an early-season marine tourism boost for the east coast town, and one that means the next edition of Ireland’s biggest sailing regatta can expect a fleet of 500 yachts and possibly more for this biennial four-day battle of the Irish Sea.

More than 70 different sailing clubs are represented, including the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, from which there are currently 111 entries, and across Ireland. In a nod to the event’s growing international stature, an early entry has been received from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club with ex-pat Jamie McWilliam sailing the production IRC race boat Signal 8, an impressive Ker 40 design.

Growing over the last 14 years, the regatta is now proudly one of Northern Europe’s greatest shows on water, eclipsed only by the UK’s Cowes Regatta, one of the longest-running regular regattas in the world. “Since it first set sail in 2005, Dun Laoghaire Regatta has grown biennially and showcases the very best of Irish sailing action on the water. With a festival this size, the regatta also adds a lot of shoreside summer colour to Dun Laoghaire town”, Event Chairman Don O’Dowd said.

With over 300 sailing races across 30 classes, and 2,500 competitors ranging from Olympic and world-class professionals to weekend sailors, there is a growing acknowledgement of the role of sailing as an economic driver in the harbour town. Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor said “The Regatta has a huge and very welcome sporting, tourism and commercial impact on Dun Laoghaire. The whole town works to make it a success.”

“The Regatta brings a significant amount to the local economy. Using the Irish tourism multiplier, the average expenditure per competitor will be €100 per day which for 2,500 competitors will be €250,000 per day and €1,000,000 over four days.

In an effort to protect our waters we are running the event as a Clean Regatta through the international Sailors for the Sea programme, supported by the MaREI Centre, which will see us implementing a number of Clean Regattas Best Practices to reduce our environmental impact.” O’Dowd added.

But the main interest is on the racing itself. A sideshow of the regatta is the national pride between Ireland and Britain and how many winners can rack up across the four days.
The Volvo Trophy is on the line for the overall winner of IRC and 2017’s winner, Joker II, a local J109 design, is back to defend it. Joker II, under skipper John Maybury, was also the class winner of the highly competitive Class One, and two years later this class has only got stronger with some new local marques such as Andrew Algeo’s J99 Juggerknot II, as well as Scottish and Belfast boats contesting this division.

The Scottish boats come to Dun Laoghaire under the recently developed RC35 class banner that will make the 35-foot regatta one of the most keenly contested battles of the season. As well as Class One, key classes in the line-up include the other IRC rating classes with a visiting fleet of vintage Half Tonners from Howth contesting Class Two.

In addition, ‘one design’ classes will include the Beneteau 31.7s, Beneteau 211, Sigma 33, Ruffian 23s, Dragons and the RS Elites, who stage their British Championships as part of the VDLR, currently with 34 entries. The dinghy classes will include the GP14, Wayfarer, Squib, Mermaid, Flying Fifteen, and single-handed Lasers and Moths.

But it’s not all high-tech racing at Dun Laoghaire. Traditional sailing is still very much a part of the regatta programme. 

Following 2017’s harbour bicentenary celebrations as part of the regatta, Myths & Seabird Half Raters from the 100-year-old Trearddur Bay in Wales are crossing the Irish Sea again for the July festival and will join Dublin Bay’s own historic classes for a classic boat regatta as part of the overall regatta.

O’Dowd says: “The VDLR owes its prominence in European sailing events to a number of factors. One of the core attributes to attracting so many entrants is that it is one of the least expensive sailing events in Europe, thanks to generous sponsorship and support, so providing great value for money for all in the lovely waters of Dublin Bay.

“We also have more than 300 volunteers who give their time and energy to ensure the regatta runs smoothly, as well as the active co-operation of Dublin Bay Sailing Club, local area businesses and the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. 

“And of course the support from the thousands of visitors who come to watch the spectacle and take part in all the family-oriented activities in and around Dun Laoghaire.”

The biennial fixture is organised jointly by the four Dun Laoghaire waterfront yacht clubs (the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club (DMYC), the National Yacht Club (NYC), the Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) and the Royal St George Yacht Club (RSGYC)

The VDLR is kindly supported by

  • Volvo Car Ireland in partnership with Spirit Motor Group (Title sponsor)
  • Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
  • Collen Construction 
  • Rationel
  • Helly Hansen
  • Royal Marine Hotel
  • Dubarry
  • UK Sailmakers

For further information please visit www.dlregatta.org

 

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council – Irish Navy Freedom of Entry

87th Annual Harbour Swim 21st August 2016 – Public Notice

Public Notice

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Annual Swim

Sunday 21 August 2016

Please note the (87th) Annual Harbour swim will take place on Sunday 21 August, 2016. All harbour users are directed to keep clear of the swimmers; this includes both watercraft and shore-side rod fishermen.

Additionally boats moored in the East Bight are not to operate their engines


  • A Childrens’ Race is scheduled to start at 13:30 hours
  • The Mens’ Race is scheduled to start at 14:30 hours
  • The Ladies’ Race is scheduled to start at approximately 15:30 hours

 

The Mens’ and Ladies’ races will have the same course which will last approximately fifty minutes each. HW 14:24 hours

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The course will be as follows:

 

  • START at RNLI Boathouse, East Pier Slipway;
  • TURN and then along front of National Yacht Club pontoons;
  • TURN at RNLI Mooring and then along length of Carlisle Pier; DIRECT from HEAD of Carlisle Pier to East Pier Lighthouse; TURN at a buoy laid off the lighthouse to go INSIDE moorings;
  • FOLLOW down the entire length of the East Pier wall so as to
  • FINISH at the East Pier Slipway

 

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For further safety, all other Harbour users are to comply with any instructions given by the attending Race Marshals. The Marshals will be in guard boats or canoes that accompany the swimmers and will wear High Visibility jackets as an identity.

 

N.B.   Race times are provisional and may be subject to change

 

Simon Coate

Harbour Master

15 August 2016

Annalise Murphy wins silver at Rio Olympics 2016

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A huge congratulations to our resident Olympian Annalise Murphy after her silver medal win.

Annalise Murphy won silver in the Laser Radial class at Guanabara Bay in Rio overtaking her Danish rival Anne-Marie Rindom.

Watch here as Annalises home club the National Yacht Club celebrated her win.

Annalise has won the first Olympic sailing medal for Ireland since the Moscow Olympics of 1980.

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