Summer is coming to Dun Laoghaire Harbour


Friday, 5th June 2015


Dun Laoghaire will be a hive of activity this June, as the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company commences its June Activity Programme. The June activity programme will comprise a number of cruise calls, family-fun activities, the starting point for the Sonia O’Sullivan 5K Run and the two hugely popular Rainbow Runs, Ireland’s longest running 5k fun run.

21 April 2015; Former World Champion and Olympic silver medallist, Sonia O'Sullivan, launches the Sonia 5K, in association with Euromedic Ireland, which takes place in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday, June 13th, to mark the 20th Anniversary of her historic victory in the 5000 metres at the IAAF World Championships in Gothenburg in 1995. Pictured are Sonia O'Sullivan with athletes from left, Olwyn Dunne, Ann Grennan, Marie Therese McCoy, Niall Campbell and Orna Dilmorth. Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Key dates in the June programme will include:


  • HB IceCream Bus: From Friday, 5th June to Sunday, 7th June, the HB Goodbye Seri-Bus will be bringing people on a fun-filled, ice-cream beach trip from Nassau Street to Dun Laoghaire.

seri bus

  • Showcasing: An Exhibition of Marine Artists will be held on Saturday and Sunday, 6th and 7thJune, and the Irish Youth Dance Festival will have a small outdoor showcase on Saturday, 27thJune as part of their annual event.

art exhibition east pier

  •  Races: Three 5K runs will be held in June. The Sonia O’Sullivan 5K Run, will place Saturday, 13th June with a reception held in the Harbour Plaza. Fun runners are invited to take part one of the two very popular Rainbow Runs on Saturday, 20th June 10am & 3pm.

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  • FunFair The fun fair will open beside the Ferry Terminal on Friday 26th June running until Sunday 12th July – the perfect opportunity for a family day out!

funfair on the green

The Celebrity Silhouette cruise ship will arrive in Dun Laoghaire on her maiden voyage to Ireland Sunday, 14th June, and the beautiful Wind Surf will visit again on 29th June. The cruise welcome programme, specially devised by the Dun Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group will be taking place during these visits to ensure the visitors take maximum advantage of what the town has to offer.



July will also be a busy month for Dun Laoghaire, with highlights for the July programme including:

  •  VOLVO Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2015: The 6th edition of the sailing event runs from Thursday, 9th July to Sunday, 12th July, and will attract more than 2,500 sailors from the UK and Ireland


  • Kiddies FunFair – Children under the age of 10 can enjoy an array of bounce amusements on the east pier from Friday, 17th



 CONTACT: Emily Brennan, DHR Communications @ 01-4200580 / 086-1658629.



PROMS ON THE PIER- 70’s and 80’s music event – 29th & 30th August

proms on the pierProms On The Pier is Dublin’s festival of 70’s & 80’s nostalgia. Air Supply Music, 10cc, Phil Coulter, Bjorn Again, Midge Ure, Johnny Logan, Melanie McCabe & lots more Taking place in —- Dun Laoghaire Harbour —– on August 29th & 30th.

Over 14 musical acts will entertain 5,000 guests per day in an outdoor and fully reserved seating event. Each day’s entertainment will commence at 4.30pm and finish spectacularly at 10.30pm. There will be full bar and food facilities on-site throughout the weekend.

For more information on the festival click here or check out their Facebook page

Featuring 10cc, Proms Party Orchestra, Midge Ure, Bjorn Again (AUSTRALIA), Proms Party Orchestra conducted by Phil Coulter, The Definitive Rat Pack and Melanie McCabe & The Sugarcubes Band, MD Eugene McCarthy.

Featuring Air Supply Music, Johnny Logan, Proms Party Orchestra conducted by Phil Coulter, Karen Carpenter Show featuring Toni Lee and Melanie McCabe & The Sugarcubes Band, MD Eugene McCarth


2015 Dun Laoghaire Cruise Season Launch


Monday, 11th May 2015


The Dun Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group launched its 2015 cruise season at the Harbour Lodge, Crofton Road, Dun Laoghaire on Wednesday, 6th May 2015.
2015 is set to be the most successful cruise season for Dun Laoghaire, with an expected 100,000 passengers and crew expected to arrive into the Harbour over the next five months. A total of 21 calls will be made to Dun Laoghaire Harbour, with many of the ships involved bringing in more than 5,000 passengers and crew.
The first cruise visit of the season will take place on Tuesday, 12th May with the arrival of the Royal Princess.

The third generation cruise ship will be on its maiden voyage, and will carry over 5,000 crew and passengers. Other ships that will take in Dun Laoghaire on their maiden voyages will be:

• Splendida (21st May)
• Celebrity Silhouette (14th June)
• Star Legend (26th June)
• Britannia (14th July)
• Mein Schiff 4 (18th September)

Ahead of the calls, the Dun Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group has put in place a welcome programme which will run for each cruise call. The welcome programme will comprise of:

A welcome event will take place from 1pm to 3pm on each day of a cruise visit in the Lexicon Gardens. This event will feature traditional Irish dancing and music by local traditional Irish band, Celtic Hearts. This event will also be open to the public.

A team of eight local volunteers will greet each cruise arrival. The multi-lingual volunteers will be armed with local knowledge to help the cruise guests with any queries they might have. The ambassadors will also be dotted throughout the town, and will be easily identifiable in bright green jackets. The ambassadors will inform the passengers of local sights activities, and will also highlight the availability of free Wifi in the town.

On arrival, cruise passengers will be transported by four 16-seater Mercedes mini-coaches from the harbour to the welcome event in the Lexicon Gardens. Courtesy shuttle buses will provide continuous transport services throughout the day, every day the cruise is in the harbour. The shuttle bus pick-up location will be signposted and easily identifiable for cruise crew and passengers.

Dun Laoghaire Stakeholder Group is comprised Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and the local BID Company.

Speaking ahead of the event, Chairperson of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Eithne Scott Lennon said: “We are delighted to be welcoming cruise visits in such numbers to Dun Laoghaire over the coming months.

“The forthcoming cruise season will give us a small insight into the potential which the cruise business has for Dun Laoghaire and the greater hinterland. The Harbour Company has been working collectively with the Council and local businesses to ensure that visitors get a taste of the local area through our welcome programme. Increased cruise visitors should provide a welcome boost to the local economy.

“This cruise season offers a wonderful opportunity to showcase what is available in the area for visitors, and I hope that the wider community will join in the welcome events and entertainment. While it’s important to impress the cruise visitors, I also believe that more local families and people interested in ships will also come out to Dun Laoghaire and enjoy the impressive sight of these ships in our harbour. Apart from the multi-story third generation cruise ships, there will also be a selection of smaller and intriguing ships that will come right into the Harbour.

“Everyone can join in the entertainment that is being organised, and I would advise people to log onto our website or follow us on social media to get the latest updates on visits and activities,” added Ms Scott Lennon.



Watersports through Irish Language

We welcome Momoontourontour Irish Language Activities for their first course starting on the 1st of June 2015!

Moontour offers fun and exciting 2 week Irish courses during the summer.
Learn Irish through exciting activities like water-sports, photography, computer games and yoga.
Make new friends and return with a grá for Gaeilge! All of these fun, educational activities take place in Dun Laoghaire Harbour for 2015.


Moontour’s Philosophy:

”We believe in the power of experiential learning. Studies have proved that we remember 90% of what we do, compared to 10% of what we read. This is even more true with language!

Our courses promote the speaking and enjoyment of the Irish language, and it works too! Through activity based learning, we saw an improvement in the verbal ability of our students of 70 – 80% over a forty minute activity, and all without opening a text book!”

Find out more here



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




18th May 2015


Urban Beach 3

An Bord Pleanála has granted Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) permission to proceed with its plans for a floating swimming pool and urban beach at the historic East Pier of the Harbour.

Permission was granted in late-2014 by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, but had been appealed.

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 100,000 visitors per year and to generate over €1 million per annum for the local economy.

Urban Beach 2

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

According to Tim Ryan, Operation Manager, of DLHC:  “Today’s go-ahead by An Bord Pleanála 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.”

“The urban beach will be a hugely exciting project for Dun Laoghaire as a while. It is very much in keeping with the Government’s National Ports Policy which designated Dún Laoghaire as a harbour focusing on marine leisure, marine tourism, and urban development. Today’s decision allows us to follow through on our mandate.

Urban Beach 1Over the coming months, Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company Harbour is set to welcome a record 100,000 cruise passengers and crew. “Combined with the news of the urban beach, the future for Dun Laoghaire Harbour is really shaping up, as set out in the Company’s Masterplan of 2011,” added Tim.

Contact: Catherine Heaney @ 01-420 0580.


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




French Navy make courtesy visit to Dun Laoghaire Harbour


Thursday, 23rd April 2015

French Naval Training Ships Paid Courtesy Visit to Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Three French naval training ships paid a courtesy visit to Dun Laoghaire Harbour in May. The Harbour Master of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Simon Coate, accepted the invitation from the French Ministry of Defence for the ships to visit.

image3The ‘Lion’, ‘Leopard’ and ‘Eglantine’ were in Dun Laoghaire from Friday 1st – Monday 4th May as part of a training excursion, the aim of which was to teach French Navy students how to sail a ship. Coastal and ocean navigation and manoeuvre teaching was taught during the training. Each ship is fully equipped with lecture and training rooms as well as specific teaching equipment. During the training excursions, the ships were also employed by the French Ministry of Defence for the watch and guard of French maritime approaches, and all ships have the ability to release counter-oil products, used for counter pollution missions.

Speaking in advance of the arrival of the naval ships, CEO of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Gerry Dunne, said: “We’re delighted to welcome the three French naval training ships to Dun Laoghaire. This year will be an extremely busy one for the Harbour, with over 20 cruise calls taking place this summer. The visit of the naval ships offers a nice start to this season and they should act as an interesting sight for local ship enthusiasts. We’re also looking forward to welcoming the French naval students to the town.”




Below is a photo taken at the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company. (Left to Right) Gerry Dunne (CEO), Lieutenant Hubert Gerard (French Navy), Simon Coate (Harbour Master), Warrant Officer Dominique Le Pen (French Navy), Lieutenant Caroline Vallego (French Navy) and Irish Navy Officer.



Gerry Dunne CEO DLHC, 3 Captains of the Navy Ships, Simon Coate DLHC Harbour Master and Irish Navyfrench navy 2

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