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Beautiful boat restoration in Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Mr Simone Mancini is Head of the Conservation Department in the National Gallery of Ireland and a couple of years ago turned his hand to restoring a boat!

As you can see he has done a splendid job and the boat is now in Dun Laoghaire Marina and he is restoring topsides. Images are of hull before, during and after restoration.


Joshua Slocum, in his book Sailing Alone Around the World, first published in 1900, describes the restoration of his sloop ‘the Spray’ and writes: ‘The Spray changed his being so gradually that it was hard to say at what point the old died or the new took birth’.
Conserving a vintage boat meant, first of all, a full immersion on readings about sailing accounts as much as restoration projects; in these kinds of boats, technique, stile and quality of working are truly and deeply integrated. They are the product of nowadays rare craftsmanship; it cannot be very different from conserving works of art. A specific approach is required: the need to make the boat seaworthy should mean not just re-building but rather conserving.



The theoretical approach of modern conservation while directed into the physical care of the object, is comprehensive of evidence of its history and deterioration processes; often competing aspects of the same project.
Conserving is always aimed on retaining the ‘originality’ and ‘integrity’ and at the same time trying to accomplish principles of ‘minimum intervention’. The less is the most.

It has been a long enduring and rewarding process which required specific knowledge (here in big trouble),as much as passion (I was fine with it). Talking to people who know a lot about this matter, necessarily becomes part of the process. Always told: it is a true labour of love; isn’t it?

Chats, suggestions, contrasting opinions and sometimes perplexed looks of neighbour boat owners; from the Harbour Master, Capt. Coate, who has been very supportive from ‘day one’: he says:

‘…this is what a boatyard should look like…’ ,


to fellow sailor friends, Frank – Paul – Hugh – Kevin – Colombo – Sean, just to mention few of many.

It is said: vintage boats are ‘kept’, not ‘owned’; it must be true. Kara Third, work still in progress.

Simone Mancini
Head of Conservation Department
National Gallery of Ireland


The Plunge- are you tough enough?

the plungeThe Plunge, took place on Saturday 23rd of May- a bungee jump on the Carlisle Pier in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Standing at 160 foot, overlooking the horizon, The Plunge is an aerial challenge that will push participants out of their mental and emotional comfort zone whilst supporting a worthy cause.


Atlantic Youth Trust 5 Day Voyage- Dun Laoghaire – Carlingford Lough

Dun Laoghaire Haratlantic youth trustbour Company and the Atlantic Youth Trust came together with 5 candidates (18-24 yrs) who took part in a 5 day voyage onboard this 70ft sailing schooner – Dublin to Carlingford Lough from 18th – 22nd May 2015.atlantic youth trust number 1

The very first crew on an Atlantic Youth Trust organised voyage. 50% from Northern Ireland and 50% from the Republic of Ireland.

Core funding came from the Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Fund, local partners are Loughs Agency – Foyle and Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company. Special thanks also to the Royal Irish Yacht Club for the berth and Sail Training Ireland for Youth Development and the Spirit of Oysterhaven Trust.

The final piece of the puzzle comes from PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland who have provided a youth worker to help deliver the programme.

Find out more here


Response to proposed Cruise Berth Stakeholder / Public Consultation

Responce to the public commentary arising form the stakeholder / public consultation exercise held

in March / April 2015.

Cruise Berth Project at Dun Laoghaire Harbour click here

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company on behalf of the Dun Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group. May 2015



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