14 Cruise Vessels Expected at
Dún Laoghaire Harbour in 2013


Marketing Push in US Heralds Most Successful Ever Cruise Vessel Season for Dún Laoghaire.

Following a trip to the United States over the St. Patrick’s Day period by representatives of the Dún Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group to promote Dún Laoghaire as a destination for visits by cruise ships, it is expected that the harbour will – this year – experience its most successful season.

Up to 14 cruise vessels are expected to use the facilities at Dún Laoghaire, bringing potentially up to 30,000 passengers and crew ashore. The highlight of the season is likely to be the visit on 16th May of the Queen Mary II – the flagship vessel of the famous Cunard Line – with 3,000 passengers and several hundred crew members aboard.

The cruise line business is a growing market sector in the tourism industry.  Ireland has recently begun to capitalise on this market and, over the last few years, has succeeded in attracting a growing number of visits by cruise liners.  However, the number of trips to Ireland represents a very small share of this potential market and the opportunity exists to grow this business to the Irish economy quite significantly.

The Dún Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group has engaged in a vigorous marketing campaign, particularly in the United States, to enable Dún Laoghaire to tap into this lucrative market.

To ensure that the harbour is also capable of catering for the new generation of larger cruise vessels, the Stakeholder Group has initiated a pre-application consultation with An Bord Pleanála (under Section 37 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000) in regard to proposals for the construction of a new quay in Dún Laoghaire Harbour to cater for vessels of up to c.340m long.

In general, cruise liners are getting bigger, but currently Cobh is the only harbour in Ireland that can accommodate next generation of ships.  The absence of a harbour in Dublin Bay with the capacity to handle the next generation cruise liners has been identified as a serious inhibitor to growing Ireland’s market share in this sector.

Spokesperson for the Cruise Stakeholder Group, Patrick Delaney, said: “We are delighted with the results of our latest marketing efforts in the United States and the growing recognition by cruise operators and passengers alike of the unique attractions offered by Dún Laoghaire Harbour.”

“The proposal for the construction of the new quay is a hugely exciting development that has the potential to deliver significant economic benefit to Dún Laoghaire, the greater Dublin area and the country in general,” he said.

One of the objectives of the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Master Plan, published in 2011, was to enhance Dún Laoghaire’s attractiveness as a gateway for tourists to Ireland by offering state-of- the-art berthing and terminal facilities to ferry and cruise operators. According to Mr Delaney: “The proposed new quay can make this a reality and greatly enhance Dún Laoghaire’s attractiveness as a cruise destination.

“A report commissioned from in 2011 from DKM Economic Consultants, STS Sustainable Transport Solutions International, and Arup found that a new cruise facility at Dún Laoghaire Harbour would bring significant additional benefits to the town and surrounding area.  The report said that 168 jobs would be provided during the construction phase of the facility. There would be 48 jobs created at the start of operations, with the potential for a substantial increase as the cruise business developed.”

“I am sure that everyone in Dún Laoghaire will work to ensure that the cruise passengers who visit our harbour and our town this year will have a truly memorable experience,” added Patrick Delaney.


Further Information

About the Stakeholder Group

The Dún Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group is made up of the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company; Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council; Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Chamber of Commerce; and the Dún Laoghaire Business Association.


Pre-Application Consultation

What is being initiated by the Dún Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group is what is known as a Pre-Application Consultation with An Bord Pleanála under Section 37 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000. Under the Act an applicant who considers that a proposed development meets the criteria set out in the Act to qualify as A Strategic Development Infrastructure is required, before making the planning application, to enter into discussions with An Bord Pleanála in relation to the proposed development.


The purpose of the Consultation is to determine whether An Bord Pleanála agree with the Stakeholder Group that the project in question amounts to Strategic Infrastructure under the Planning & Development Acts, such that an application for the new quay and berth facility can be progressed through an application directly to An Bord Pleanála under Section 37 of the Planning & Development Act 2000 – 2010.


Dún Laoghaire Harbour Music Festival


Dún Laoghaire Harbour will come alive on the 27th April with the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Music Festival. The Festival is supported by Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company.

The Festival will run from 2pm to 5pm on the 27th April on the Harbour Plaza in Dún Laoghaire. It is an alcohol free event with entry free to the public with all funds to cover the show generated by the support of local businesses. Speaking about the event, Lloyd Barber, festival promoter said: “We have had tremendous support from Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, The Dún Laoghaire Small Business Association and a variety of local businesses who see this as a great platform to draw new people to Dún Laoghaire from all over Dublin which in turn will generate business for the town and its retailers whilst supporting the live music scene.”

The Festival will kick off at 2pm on the Harbour Plaza and has local star in the making, 12 year old Stina O’Neill opening the show. Speaking about the local star, Mr. Barber, said: “I first came across Stina on a wet and wild afternoon playing her heart out to a few frozen seagulls and her mum as an audience on the East Pier. She was absolutely amazing, so we exchanged numbers and here we are now. We are delighted she can open the show and can’t wait to hear her voice through a professional production.”

The next act is up is local band CRASH who will include a variety of their original material with a selection of well-known covers thrown in. CRASH have toured Ireland and the UK for the past two years with major shows lined up for 2013 finishing the year with a tour of Australia. The band is due to release its third single “FEEL” in March.

To close the show is one of Dublin’s favourite bands, The Dirty Epics who always deliver a combination of infectious songs and electric performances. Having supported One Republic, Brandon Flowers, LadyHawke and The Hoosiers the band is on a roll having toured all around Ireland, The UK, Germany, NY and LA, appeared twice at the world famous SXSW musical festival, Austin Texas. Dirty Epics 2nd studio album, ONE WAY MIRROR is due out 22/03/2013.

Any queries about the show can be directed to Lloyd Barber on 085 833 7199 or through the Facebook page.


Free Electrical Recycling Day

Recycle Day Dún Laoghaire

WEEE Ireland in partnership with Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council are holding a Free Electrical Recycling Day.

The events takes place on Dún Laoghaire Old Pier, West Harbour from 10am – 4pm on Saturday, 9th March 2013.

All household items with a plug or battery will be accepted including:

  • TVs & Aerials
  • Microwaves
  • IT Equipment
  • Dishwashers
  • Fridges & Freezers
  • Power Tools
  • Battery Operated Toys

For more information, click here or visit www.recyclefree.ie


Good News on the Treble for Dún Laoghaire Harbour

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There was good news for Dún Laoghaire Harbour this week with the announcement that Stena Line has resumed its ferry service to Holyhead, a month earlier than planned; the arrival into the harbour of a vessel carrying massive fermentation tanks for the new Guinness facility in Dublin; and indications that the port will have its best ever season in terms of visits from cruise liners, with the highlight being the call by the Queen Mary on May 16th.

The early resumption of the daily Stena ferry service this week is particularly significant as it will bring thousands of additional visitors to Dún Laoghaire.  The news will also be welcomed by the tourism industry as the ferry service, which takes just two hours and fifteen minutes to cross the Irish sea, is popular with tourists from Britain, especially those who want to avoid traffic in Dublin city.

The arrival into Dún Laoghaire harbour at the weekend of the 6,120 tonne Dutch vessel, the Myrtle, caught the attention of those walking on the East and West Piers, with many people wondering what were the massive, cylindrical containers that could be seen on board (pic attached).  These are, in fact, fermentation tanks, for the new Guinness facility in Dublin.

Two further consignments of the tanks are due in the harbour on February 28th and March 19th, demonstrating that Dún Laoghaire Harbour is well capable of dealing with commercial shipping traffic of this nature.

It has also emerged that Dún Laoghaire is likely to have calls from up to ten cruise ships this year.  The highlight will be the visit on May 16th of the Queen Mary 2, flagship vessel of the famous Cunard Line, with 3,000 passengers and several hundred crew aboard.  In all, the total visitor numbers to Dún Laoghaire from this year’s cruise programme is likely be around 5,000.

There is great excitement building within the town.  The Dún Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group (which includes the Harbour Company, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and local business groups) is actively planning a series of “céad míle fáilte” activities ranging from a display of Irish dancing to a guided walking tour of Dún Laoghaire and its hinterland to ensure that all passengers enjoy a memorable visit.

Commenting today, local Dáil Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor said: “It’s great to see such a level of activity in Dún Laoghaire Harbour.  I am greatly encouraged by the early resumption of the Stena service which will not only provide additional business for the town, but will also be a shot in the arm for our tourism sector.”

“The details of the cruise programme is also fantastic news.  Like everyone else in Dún Laoghaire I am really looking forward to the visit of the Queen Mary 2 on May 22nd.  Cruise ships are an increasingly important sector of the international tourism business and Dún Laoghaire, with its excellent harbour facilities, historic and interesting town and good transport links, is ideally placed to cater for this business,” she added.


Global Diaspora Forum

Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th May 2013

The Global Diaspora Forum is a celebration of diaspora communities. The forum has been held annually in Washington and, this year, it will run simultaneously in Washington and Dublin.

The Global Diaspora Forum was inspired by former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and is coordinated by the US-based charity, the International Global Diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA).

The purpose of the forum is to challenge diaspora communities to forge partnerships with the private sector, civil society and public institutions in order to make their engagements with their countries of origin or ancestry effective and sustainable.

The Global Diaspora Forum is targeted at leaders of diaspora communities; politicians and policymakers; private sector stakeholders; representatives of international institutions; foundation executives; academic experts; and members of not-for-profit organisations.

The theme for the 2013 Global Diaspora Forum is ‘Diasporas in Action’. It is being held in Dublin to mark the Irish presidency of the European Union, and in recognition of the increased focus which the EU has on diaspora matters.

The European strand of the Global Diaspora Forum is being organised by the Irish International Diaspora Centre Trust, which is working to deliver a world-class diaspora centre in Dublin.

Website will be fully operational over the coming weeks at the link www.globaldiasporaforum.ie.




Rave At Close Of Day

Long-form immersive improvisation for saxophones and live electronics by Seán Mac Erlaine marking Winter Solstice 2012. Hosted by Jennie Moran at The Band Stand, East Pier, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland. Visit www.jenniemoran.com | www.seanmacerlaine.com



Old “Shell Site” Acquired

The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company has issued a tender for a design team to draft a vision for the proposed ‘Marina Village Project’ in the port town. The Marina Village development is on the site of the former Shell Chemicals facility at the West Pier next to theDun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, at an area known as the ‘Gut’.

It is also part of the Masterplan launched in mid-2011 intended to “position Dun Laoghaire Harbour as a marine, leisure and tourism destination of international calibre”.
As per the Masterplan, the development is intended for residential and water-sports use, and the aim of this tender us to “identify the optimum development proposition for the site”.
The tender document suggests that proposed water-sports facilities at the site “could potentially be occupied by users such as the Sea Scouts”. In their joint response to the launch of the Masterplan in June 2011, Dun Laoghaire’s yacht clubs identified a “significant amount of shore space” ripe for development in the area earmarked for the Marina Village scheme.

The request for proposals is available to download as a PDF below.



Notice of the preperation of the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Masterplan & Strategic Environmental Assessment

In accordance with EU Directive 2001/42/EC and the European Communities (Environmental Assessment of Certain Plans and Programme) Regulations 2004 (SI 435 of 2004) the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company gives notice of the carrying out of a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Draft Masterplan. A copy of the Draft Masterplan and the associated Environmental Report are available for inspection at the offices of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Harbour Lodge, Crofton Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin during office hours (9am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm) and on the website of the company  www.dlharbour.ie/draftmasterplan/ from August 3rd 2011 to August 31st 2011. A written submission or observation with respect to the Draft Masterplan and associated Environmental Report made to Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company by 5pm on the 31st August 2011 will be taken into consideration before the finalisation of the Masterplan.

Written observations shall be submitted to www.dlharbour.ie/draftmasterplan/ or by post to:

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Masterplan Team
Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company
Harbour Lodge,
Crofton Road
Dun Laoghaire,
Co. Dublin

A survey of pier users and an on-line questionnaire about the harbour’s future has met with an enthusiastic response from participants. More than 500 responses were collected from a broad and varied selection of individuals across all age groups, including locals and those living outside the Dún Laoghaire area. Overall, the research found that the users surveyed want the harbour to develop as an accessible and pleasant place to visit with a family friendly environment.

The approach

The survey covered twenty five key themes relating to the development of the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Draft Masterplan including tourism; marine leisure; heritage conservation and the environment and was presented to respondents across five categories. Respondents indicated whether each theme was a high or low priority for them using a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 was low priority and 5 was high priority.

What did they say?

The top five themes chosen indicated that Dún Laoghaire Harbour is a place where:

  1. …the harbour is visually beautiful;
  2. …it’s family friendly;
  3. …the built environment complements the harbour’s historic character;
  4. …that is recognised as an international sailing venue;
  5. …adequate parking is provided.

When thinking about the harbour generally the priorities which emerged were:

  • that the harbour is visually beautiful;
  • that the harbour is a nice place to visit in the evening and
  • that the harbour is a tourist destination.

In relation to amenities at the harbour the themes scoring highest were:

  • that the harbour is a family friendly place;
  • where adequate parking is provided;
  • where there are more recreational activities and
  • where there are more public walk-ways and public spaces.

Where the local economy was concerned creating more local jobs was a high priority for all respondents.

High priorities within the marine environment section focused on the blend of marine and tourism activities in:

  • a place that has adequate facilities for sailing;
  • a place where people can enjoy a wide range of water sports and
  • a place that is recognised as an international sailing venue

In relation to heritage & culture, top of the agenda was a place where:

  • the contemporary built environment is in keeping with the Harbour’s historic character
  • the unique physical heritage of Dún Laoghaire is celebrated.

When asked to share their own views on how they would like to see Dún Laoghaire Harbour develop in the future, respondents highlighted issues such as:

  • Improved toilet facilities;
  • Cleaning up after pets;
  • Making Dún Laoghaire Harbour more tourist friendly;
  • Introducing more bicycle lanes;
  • Refurbishing or removing the baths;
  • Making more live music available;
  • Encouraging more public access to sailing activities;
  • Introducing cheaper car parking

Respondents believe that Dún Laoghaire Harbour’s greatest benefits are:

  • Fresh air and the sea breeze;
  • Access to water and sailing;
  • A beautiful setting;
  • Popular place for social interactions;
  • Conveniently located from the city;
  • Availability of various water sports;
  • Access to the ferry;
  • Well managed pier;
  • Access to a wide range of facilities.

Findings from the survey will form part of the feedback from the extensive consultation process currently being undertaken by the Harbour Company as it prepares a draft masterplan for the Harbour area to secure the Harbour’s future and to create essential revenue streams.


The Shackleton Endurance Exhibition

Relive the true life story of Irish-born explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition of 1914-1917 at the Shackleton Endurance Exhibition in Dún Laoghaire.

On display are over 150 photographs taken by the Expedition photographer Frank Hurley, a full size exact replica of the James Caird; the lifeboat that proved so critical to the rescue, and much more. The exhibition is open daily from 11am – 5pm and is based in The Ferry Terminal Building until November 2014.
For more information, please visit http://www.shackletonexhibition.com/.


Keep the ideas flowing in

A survey of pier users and an on-line questionnaire about the harbour’s future has met with an enthusiastic response from participants. The survey asked how pier users would prioritise aspects of the harbour’s activity under a number of different headings including:

  • tourism,
  • marine leisure,
  • heritage conservation,
  • environment.

Findings from the survey will form part of the feedback from the extensive consultation process currently being undertaken by the Harbour Company as it prepares a draft masterplan for the Harbour area to secure the Harbour’s future and to create essential revenue streams.

The draft masterplan will also address the changing emphasis of Dún Laoghaire Harbour from a commercial harbour to a recreational harbour and the impact of the change of Stena ferry sailings on the Dún Laoghaire – Holyhead route.

The Harbour Company and the Project Team drawing up the Harbour Draft Masterplan are interested in hearing from everyone with ideas about the future of the harbour. All ideas received will be carefully considered and will provide a valuable context for the draft masterplan.

Please use the on-line contact form to send your ideas.

Alternatively, send your ideas by post to: MasterPlan Team,
Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company,
Harbour Lodge,
Crofton Road,
Dún Laoghaire,
Co. Dublin before close of business 31st March 2011.

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