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The first Marine Artists Exhibit – May Bank Holiday 2016

The 1st of 5 exhibitions this summer kicked off to a great start last weekend.
Thanks to the artist Roisin Duffy for photographing the 1st Marine Artist Exhibiton of the year. See photos
The next exhibition is to be held on the June Bank Holiday Weekend.
  • June (Sat) 4th,(Sun) 5th & (Mon) 6th June
  • July (Sat) 2nd & (Sun) 3rd
  • July (Sat) 30th (Sun) 31st , (Mon) 1st Aug
  • Sept (Sat) 3rd & (Sun) 4th


Details of Artists work can be found below:


Derek Lyons Coastgaurd Cottages Dun Laoghaire Harbour


Gerard P Dolan

Darlene Garr

Paul Abell

Paul Flynn


Elsie Sheridan

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.


Guinness tanks arrive at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

carlisle view tanksIn late 2011, Guinness manufacturer Diageo, announced a significant investment of €153M at the iconic St James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, the home to the world famous brew since it was leased by Arthur Guinness for 9,000 years in 1759.
Holvrieka IDO B.V. in the Netherlands were awarded the manufacturing of the fermenting tanks and the maturation tanks [some 27 in all].

The typical length of the tanks was 22 metres, width varied from generally 5.75 metres to 6.15 metres and with a height in some cases of 6.25. Weight was typically 25 – 30 tons per tank.

Mr. Joop Savenije of Bolk Transport oversaw the logistics from start to finish and the entire operation involved 3 vessels [spread over a 4-5 week window] and the transportation from the harbour to the brewery was completed in 4 separate convoys between 22:00 – 02:00 on the nights concerned. Celtic Forwarding Limited were appointed ship’s agent for all 3 vessels.

A unique feature was the use of Dun Laoghaire Harbour, just outside Dublin Port. The harbour has been a hub for passenger ferries spanning two centuries –  and has four significant yacht clubs which caters very well for the leisure activities of sailing enthusiasts on the Southside of Dublin City. Due to height restrictions of bridges on the approach from Dublin Port to Diageo it was not possible to discharge at Dublin Port – a distance of some 4 kms away – hence the use of Dun Laoghaire.

Over the course of several months meetings between the client and partners took place. Crane Hire LTD. provided the cranes, 3D CAD modelling and all associated lifting services at every stage of the project. The tanks were offloaded in Dun Laoghaire and positioned in the brewery using a Liebherr LTM1500-8.1 500 ton and a Terex-Demag AC350SSL 350 ton telescopic crane.

Transportation to the site – a journey of 9 kilometres – accompanied by police escorts– took just under 3 hours on each occasion by Bolk and Aylward Heavy Haulage.

Brian Lee, Managing Director of Celtic Forwarding Ltd was very pleased with the entire operation which spanned 6 weeks. The last occasion a commercial vessel worked in Dun Laoghaire was 25 years previous – and Brian Lee and Celtic Forwarding Ltd were the agents on that occasion as well!

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Barts Bash is Back in Dun Laoghaire Harbour

“Bart’s Bash – World Record Charity Sailing Event

Hosted by INSC –

The Irish National Sailing Club Dun Laoghaire is delighted to be organising Bart’s Bash on Sunday the 20th September 2015 in aid of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

The event will run in tandem with events all around the world at the same time. In keeping with the Irish National Sailing Club’s ethos of safe and enjoyable sailing we propose a well-run, but simple race for yachts, sportsboats and dinghies.

 Barts Bash Poster 2015 jpeg

As the Irish National Sailing Club’s first event open to the wider sailing community it is hoped that the local sailing community will take part on Sunday the 20th of September.

 The warning signal will be at 11.55am. Supplementary sailing instructions will detail starts for different classes.   Apres Sail @ RIYC.

1720 ShotFor further details on how to sign up, sailing instructions etc see:

Find out a little more on the history of Barts Bash

RNLI Tonne of Water- Respect the Water Campaign

RTW logoOn Thursday 9th of July 2015- the RNLI’s  ‘Tonne of Water- Respect the Water’ Campaign began.

What is the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign?
Respect the Water is the RNLI’s national drowning prevention campaign, which forms a key part of the charity’s approach to halving the number of accidental coastal deaths by 2024. It has been developed using best practice from successful public safety campaigns such as Think! And Fire Kills.

The campaign is primarily targeted at men aged 16–39, who account for the majority of coastal deaths each year. It aims to raise drowning as an important and relevant issue in the UK and Ireland, highlighting the extent of the problem by using strong messaging, thought-provoking statistics, and real stories to encourage safer behaviour. In 2015, Respect the Water will be bigger than ever, with wider-reaching advertising and harder-hitting campaign materials.

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Why is the campaign needed?
An average of 59 people lose their lives in Irish waters each year, which is more than the number of pedestrians and cyclists who lose their lives on Ireland’s roads.



Most of the people who die around the coast each year did not even plan to enter the water – slips and falls while walking and running are a major cause of coastal deaths. And it’s not the adrenaline sports putting people at risk – it’s everyday use of the coast which often results in fatalities.

Through Respect the Water and other coastal safety initiatives, the RNLI is aiming to halve the number of accidental coastal deaths in the UK and Ireland by 2024.

As part of the campaign the RNLI have a tonne of water (as seen above) in place on the East Pier here in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. During the busy summer this tonne is there to bring the “Respect the Water” message to all Harbour users.

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The DLR Bay 10k Road Race- August Bank Holiday Monday 3rd

race1The dlr Bay 10K Road Race has distinguished itself as one of the premier 10K road races in Ireland, taking place on the Bank Holiday Monday in August.

The course follows a beautiful scenic route, starting along Dún Laoghaire seafront (starting point Newtownsmith Green) and going through picturesque Seapoint, Monkstown, Glenageary, Killiney, and Sandycove before finishing close to the historic Dún Laoghaire Town Hall.

After a very successful event in 2014, entries for the 2015 event are flooding in and we have a maximum of 2,500 runners.

All participants in the race will receive a medal, chip time, draw string kit bag, T-shirt and at the finish will get water, fruit, Nature Valley bar and yoghurt.

The dlr Bay 10k is sanctioned by the AAI and run under AAI/IAAF Rules.

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind at Dun Laoghaire East Pier Bandstand- 12th July 2015

Fundraising Dog VippDún Laoghaire Harbour welcomes  ‘The Steadfast Brass Band’ to help you enjoy an afternoon stroll along the Pier- in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind provide training and support to people with impaired vision and families living with autism.

Most obvious to the public, is that of providing Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs. Tho training and assistance happens in other ways also: Use of Long Cane, Independent Living, Orientation and Mobility, Assess to Education.


Puppies in Training
Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Picture Conor McCabe Photography. Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.


Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs are bread, reared and trained with the co-operation of volunteers. Puppies are homed with a Puppy Walker for up to 12 months.  The puppy learns basic training and social manners! They are allowed access to all places that a Guide Dog may go, so as to become familiar with the hustle and bustle of every day life.  They transfer to HQ in Cork for specialised training lasting about 10 months, that enables them to become a Guide or Assistance Dog.  Once paired with their human further training takes place for the pair at HQ followed up in the owner’s locality.

7 pups in a row


It is very expensive to get a dog from new a born through puppy hood to working Guide or Assistance Dog – €38,000.00!!!


80% of funding comes from the ever generous public and your donations are absolutely essential to providing this wonderful service.


So come along on the day and enjoy ‘The Steadfast Brass Band’ on the Pier!


Picture Conor McCabe Photography.
Picture Conor McCabe Photography.