New Weekend Parking – Underground Car Park, Ferry Terminal

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Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company have announced new discounted weekend parking rates for the Underground Car Park at the Ferry Terminal. A new weekend parking rate of €5 per day in the Underground Car Park applies  from the 9th January 2015 .

Parking Area Location:

Underground Car Park

Ferry Terminal

Harbour Rd, Dun Laoghaire

Co. Dublin

GPS Coordinates – 53.294790, -6.133363,-6.1336638,19z

Customers can pay by cash or card in the Parking Machines or by Smartphone App or text via the Parking Tag System (

Other great value parking rates within the Harbour include:

  • €4.00 per day in West Harbour
  • €5.00 per day (every day) on the Carlisle Pier
  • €20.00 per week in the Underground Car Park.

Annual Parking Permits are also available for €800. For more information view our parking details.


Happy Christmas!

The Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and all the best for 2015. Thank you to everyone who helped to make 2014 a great year, and we look forward to an exciting and prosperous year ahead.

Christmas Operating Hours:

Our website and our Twitter and Facebook profiles will not be updated again until Monday, 5th January.

Over the next two weeks, our opening hours are as follows:

Monday 22nd December: Open

Tuesday 23rd December: Open

Wednesday 24th December: Closed

Wednesday 25th December: Closed

Friday 26th December: Closed


Week commencing 29th December:

Monday 29th December: Open

Tuesday 30th December: Open

Wednesday, 31st December: Open

Thursday, 1st January: Closed

Friday, 2nd January: Open


Should you need to get in contact with the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, please call: 01-2801018.



Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company Welcomes Planning Permission for Urban Beach Project

Press Release

Tuesday, 2nd December 2014

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company Welcomes Planning Permission for Urban Beach Project

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) has welcomed the award of planning permission for its proposal for a floating swimming pool and urban beach at the historic East Pier of the Harbour.  Permission was granted by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council in recent days.

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 140,000 visitors per anum and to generate over €1 million per annum for the local economy.

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

According to Gerry Dunne, CEO of DLHC:  “The granting of planning permission by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council 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.”

“Further to extensive consultation, Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company published a very exciting Masterplan in 2011.  The urban beach, coupled with plans for enhanced cruise berthing facilities and the development of a world-class diaspora centre, formed the corner-stone of this plan.  The ambitions for the Harbour are very much in-keeping with the Government’s National Ports Policy to designate Dún Laoghaire as a harbour focusing on marine leisure, marine tourism, and urban development. Therefore, we are delighted to receive planning permission for the beach allows us to follow through on our mandate.”

In recent months, Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company has had great success in marketing the Harbour as a destination for cruise calls.  In 2015, it is estimated that Dun Laoghaire will attract c100, 000 cruise passengers and crew. A planning application under the Strategic Infrastructure Development Act for a new cruise berth for ‘next generation’ cruise ship is expected to be submitted in the coming weeks to An Bord Pleanála.


Contact:  Emily Brennan, DHR Communications @ 01-4800580 / 086-1658629

Note to Editors:

Further information and images available here.




Dún Laoghaire Harbour Engaged in Dialogue Over Plans for Stena Service


20th November 2014

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Engaged in Dialogue Over Plans for Stena Service

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) has been informed by Stena Line that it will not operate its HSS Holyhead-Dún Laoghaire service over the 2014 Christmas period. It has been the practice of the ferry company to run a limited sailing service on this route at Christmas. Stena has cited ‘commercial and operational reasons’ for its decision not to operate the service on this occasion.

DLHC is actively engaged in discussions with Stena Line in respect of a seasonal service from 2015.  In addition to these discussions, the Company is also heavily focused on building the volume of cruise calls for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, and beyond.

As a core member of the Dún Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group, the Harbour Company has been actively and successfully marketing the cruise potential of the historic 200 year old leisure harbour. It is estimated that Dún Laoghaire will attract c100, 000 cruise passengers and crew next year, with similar numbers already expected for 2016 and 2017. A planning application under the Strategic Infrastructure Development Act for a new cruise berth for ‘next generation’ cruise ship is expected to be submitted in the coming weeks to An Bord Pleanala.

According to Gerry Dunne, CEO of DLHC:  “While it is regrettable that the HSS won’t be sailing out of Dún Laoghaire this Christmas, we look forward to a continued relationship with Stena in 2015 and beyond.  We also look forward to fully exploiting the potential of the harbour as a world-class destination for cruise calls.  These developments will have very positive implications for the town of Dún Laoghaire, and the wider hinterland.”



Join in the Festive Fun at Dún Laoghaire Harbour this Christmas

Dún Laoghaire Harbour will be transformed into a winter wonderland this Christmas with a programme of magical events taking place at the harbour from 26th November until 23rd December 2014. Families are invited to get into the Christmas spirit by attending many of the events this festival has lined up at the harbour.

Santa Claus is coming to Town
What could make Christmas more enchanting than meeting Santa Claus himself? Enjoy an unforgettable line up of entertainment as Christmas celebrations kick off with Santa Claus’s arrival at 5.30pm on Saturday, 29th November at Harbour Plaza. Then the Christmas lights will be switched on and a breath-taking fireworks display over Dún Laoghaire Harbour will officially announce that Christmas in Dún Laoghaire is underway.

Magical Christmas Lantern Procession
The magical lantern procession will see children of all ages light up the street from the People’s Park to the East Pier on Saturday, 20th December at 4pm. The handmade willow and tissue paper lanterns come in all Christmas shapes and sizes. The procession, led by a group of drummers, will take the following route: Park Road; Upr. Georges Street; Marine Road; Queens Road; and the East Pier. It will be followed by a spectacular Fireworks display from the East Pier Lighthouse at 5pm.

Outside of the Harbour, other events taking place in Dún Laoghaire as part of the Christmas Festival include:

• Christmas Market at the Pavilion Quarter and DLR Lexicon.
• Free Treasure Hunts.
• Traditional Crib at St. Michael’s Church.
• Christmas Cookery and Craft School.
• SuperValu Trolley Dash.
• Santa Hat Record Attempt in aid of Barnardos.
• Authentic German Christmas Decoration Stall.

Speaking ahead of the Christmas Festival, Tim Ryan, Operations Manager at Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company said: “The Christmas season is a very special time of year. The Christmas Festival is one of the highlights of the year for the harbour and we are delighted to be a part of it.

“Dún Laoghaire is a perfect location for such a festival. Visitors can hop on the dart from the city centre or catch a bus from their nearest stop and enjoy a fun-filled day out soaking up the festive spirit overlooking the beautiful marina or taking a stroll on the pier.”

For more information on the Dún Laoghaire Christmas Festival 2014, please visit


Full programme of Film Screenings for Dún Laoghaire Harbour’s Drive in Movies

Press Release

Wednesday, 24th September 2014

Full programme of Film Screenings for Dún Laoghaire Harbour’s Drive in Movies

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company in partnership with Underground Cinema have today (24.09.14) launched the return of the Drive-in Cinema to Dún Laoghaire Harbour this autumn. The Drive In is located inside the standage area of the Ferry Terminal at Dún Laoghaire Harbour.

Hollywood favourite ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ will kick off the screenings on Saturday (27.09.14) at 7.15pm followed by classic rom-com ‘Dirty Dancing’ at 10.15pm. There will be a further forty-six screenings over the course of the autumn leading right up to 8th December.

Highlights include:

–       Inception, 18th October at 10pm

–       World War Z, 28th October at 7pm

–       Anchorman, 8th November at 6.45pm

–       Elf, 5th December at 4.30pm

–      Django Unchained, 8th December at 9.30pm

Tickets can be booked online at or at the Drive-in on the day, and each screening will take up to 80 cars. A total of 20 pedestrian tickets are also available for each screening. On arrival, audience members check in at the Drive-in and will have the opportunity to order snacks including pizza from Dún Laoghaire pizzeria ‘Bits and Pizzas’. Staff will then direct cars to their parking location where the audience can tune into the radio frequency displayed on the screen.

Commenting today, Tim Ryan, Operations Manager at Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company said: “One of our key responsibilities in Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company is to maintain and enhance the recreational value of the Harbour. The drive-in cinema was a huge success over the St. Patrick’s bank holiday weekend and bringing it back to the Harbour has been an exciting undertaking for us.  It will undoubtedly deliver some spin-off benefits to the town.The Harbour has such potential as a tourism destination and we anticipate a great level of activity over the course of the autumn.”

For more information, visit



Drive-In Movies are Back

Drive In 5

The Drive-in movies in the ferry standage area are back! There will be 25 movie nights in the harbour between now and December 8th.
For a full list of movies and booking details please click here 


Record number of cruise passengers expected in 2015 for Dublin Bay

In 2011, the Dun Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group was formed to bring together various stakeholders with an interest in developing cruise business for the greater Dun Laoghaire area . This stakeholder group includes Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and Dun Laoghaire Business Improvement District [BID].

The Dun Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group engaged in a vigorous marketing campaign, particularly in the United States, to enable Dun Laoghaire to tap into this growing market. Dun Laoghaire welcomed two cruise calls in 2012 with 140 passengers onboard. Last year saw 13 cruise vessels use the facilities at Dun Laoghaire, with the highlight of the season being the visits of Cunard’s Queen Mary II and Queen Victoria.

“Since 2012, due to the attractiveness of Dun Laoghaire and its wonderful harbour, the number of cruise bookings has grown exponentially and 2015 will be the most successful year ever for Dun Laoghaire in terms of attracting cruise passengers to the harbour.” , according to Gerry Dunne, CEO of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company.

23 cruise vessels have been confirmed to visit Dun Laoghaire in 2015. The size of these ships is such that they will bring a record 66,867 passengers. With Dublin Port expecting to attract 60,751 cruise passengers, it will be a record year for Dublin Bay. 2015 will be the first year where the number of cruise passengers landing in Dun Laoghaire will exceed those landing in Dublin Port,” Mr. Dunne said.

“The great opportunity for Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Dublin Port is to work collaboratively to emulate the success of Copenhagen in attracting approximately 500,000 cruise visitors per year, which would represent a quadrupling of visitor numbers coming to Dublin Bay in 2015”, Mr. Dunne added. “Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company will be working with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and Dun Laoghaire’s Business Improvement District to ensure that cruise passengers have a memorable visit to the town and are encouraged to return again, providing a valuable source of business for retail outlets and restaurants, which will deliver a huge economic boost for the town and its hinterland.”

“Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company is currently finalising an application to An Bord Pleanala under Strategic Infrastructure Development to build a new €15m cruise berth facility to cater for the “next generation cruise ships”. “The development of the cruise business is a key element of the Dun Laoghaire Habour Masterplan published in 2011 and is consistent with the role set out for the Habour in the government’s National Ports Policy, which sees Dun Laoghaire Harbour developing as a marine leisure and tourist destination of international calibre” Mr. Dunne said.



Sunday 10 August 2014

Please note the (85th) Annual Harbour swim will take place on Sunday 10 August, 2014.

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 Children’s Race is scheduled to start at 10:00 hours
  • The Men’s Race is scheduled to start at 11:00 hours
  • The Ladies’ Race is scheduled to start at approximately 12:00 hours

The Mens’ and Ladies’ races will have the same course which will last approximately fifty minutes each

HW 11:52 hours

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

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
01 August 2014



Sunday 10th August
Men’s Race 11.00am
Ladies’ Race 12.00pm

The 85th Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race takes place on Sunday August 10th 2014. The men’s race is at 11am and the ladies’ race at 12pm. Last year, over 250 men and women qualified to enter the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race and it is anticipated that there will be 300 swimmers this year.

Each weekend from June to September the swimming club of Leinster run open sea swimming races along the coast of Leinster. Theses are held at well known swimming locations such as Malahide, Portmarnock, Howth, Clontarf, South Wall, Seapoint, Dun Laoghaire, Sandycove, Killiney and Bray. These form the Leinster Open Sea Calendar. In order to qualify to swim in the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race, swimmers must have completed 4 open sea races from the Open Sea Calendar before closing date. The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race along with the Dublin City Liffey Swim are rightly considered the two most prestigious swimming races in Ireland. For swimmers winning the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race is akin to winning an All Ireland Final.

The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race caters to swimmers as young as 14 years right up to ages the swimmers perhaps prefer not to disclose! A wide range of ages and abilities take part in the race. Both the Open Sea Committee and the swimming club warmly welcome newcomers to our sport no matter their age or their ability.

The race comprises a swim around the circumference of Dun Laoghaire Harbour battling fellow swimmers, reaching marker buoys, avoiding any number of obstacles and taking on the might that is the Irish Sea.

In order to find out more about the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race and the Open Sea Races please email
More information can also be found on or on

Happy swimming!

Harbour Swim 2014

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