Category: Festivals


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
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Happy swimming!

Harbour Swim 2014

Christmas Celebrations at Dún Laoghaire Harbour

Get into the Christmas spirit with a programme of magical events taking place at Dún Laoghaire Harbour from 30th November to 5th January.

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 on Saturday, 30th November at Harbour Plaza. The Dublin Gospel Choir from 5.15pm will get you into the festive spirit in time for the gala arrival of Santa Claus at 5.45pm.  At 6pm 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.

Christmas Funfair at Harbour Plaza

There are plenty of family-friendly attractions at the Christmas Funfair at Harbour Plaza including a carousel, a dragon rollercoaster just for kids, chair-o-planes and snow blast slide. The Funfair opens on Saturday, 30th November to Sunday, 5th January 2013. A trip to the Funfair promises to be a perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit.

Opening Times

Monday – Friday: 12pm to 7pm

Saturday – Sunday: 11am to 8pm.

In addition to the Funfair there will be a Christmas Market every Thursday to Sunday from 11am – 6pm where you can browse through a wide range of unique arts, crafts and special gifts in the charming chalets along the seafront. Wander up to the town centre to sample the delicious crepes and hot treats in the Christmas Food market. The Market will be located outside Meadows and Byrne at ‘The Metals’ and on Marine Road. During Christmas week, The Market will be open Monday and Tuesday.

Magical Christmas Lantern Procession

This enchanting spectacle will see children of all ages light up the street from the People’s Park to Harbour Plaza on 14th December at 4pm.  The handmade willow and tissue paper lanterns come in all Christmas shapes and sizes. The procession led by a group from Comhairle na nÓg will finish with a recital of Christmas Carols at Harbour Plaza. This is a truly spectacular event and we are expecting that hundreds of children and adults will take part.

Santa Hat World Record Attempt

Join Barnardos on Saturday, 21st December at 2pm at Dún Laoghaire Harbour Plaza as The Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival host a World Record Attempt to gather the most people wearing Santa Hats in one place at one time in aid of Barnardos. The record is currently held by Brockton, Massachusetts, USA with 872 Santa Hat wearers assembled on November 23, 2010. So come along at 2pm to the Harbour Plaza, Dún Laoghaire wearing your Santa Hat and help break a new world record!  There is an admission price of €2.00 per person with all proceeds going to support Barnardos.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Welcome in the New Year with a spectacular Fireworks display fired from the East and West Piers in Dún Laoghaire at midnight on Tuesday, 31st December 2013. This unique dual fireworks display is the first time ever both piers will be used simultaneously as firing sites. You can see the show from Newtownsmith in Dún Laoghaire and all around Dublin Bay. There is also a smaller fireworks display for young families at 6pm on New Year’s Eve fired from the Carlisle Pier.

There will be some disruption to walkers on both piers which will start in the early evening. There will be restricted access to the back of the West Pier from 8am on Monday, 30th December and there will be no access to the pier from after dusk on Tuesday, 31st December until after the conclusion of the event.

There will also be restricted access to the Top Tier of the East Pier from 10am Tuesday, 31st December. The closure will initially be at the Battery on the upper east pier for a distance of 100m and will move 300m from the battery on the upper East Pier at 2pm. In additional to this, from 10pm on the top level of the pier will be closed and a viewing area will be open to the public on the lower level with lower end of the pier being closed off for health and safety reasons until the conclusion of the event.

For more information on the Dún Laoghaire Christmas Festival 2013, please visit

Christmas at Dun Laoghaire


Dún Laoghaire Harbour Music Festival 2013

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Festival 2013

Another jam-packed afternoon of music takes place on Sunday, 16th June 2013 at The Plaza, Dún Laoghaire Harbour. The second Dún Laoghaire Harbour Music Festival this summer is organised with support from Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company and sponsorship by Lycamobile.

The Festival kicks off at 1pm and the line-up includes:

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  • Stina O’Neill
  • Robert Delaney Band

In April, Dún Laoghaire Harbour came alive for the first Musical Festival of the summer. Three bands performed from early afternoon and attracted large crowds to Dún Laoghaire. Businesses on the waterfront promenade enjoyed increased custom while Irish musicians reached out to a whole new audience.

Speaking ahead of the second Festival, Lloyd Barber, Festival promoter, said, “The feedback from the first festival was absolutely fantastic with all bands delivering great performances. The location was stunning and we’ve had a great afternoon of sun. The surrounding businesses were all very busy as their customers sat outside and were entertained for free making it a great day for all. Our next show has a brilliant line up with a selection of bands that will appeal to every taste in music; from singer-song writers Stina O’Neill and Robert Delaney and local rock band CRASH delivering a great selection of originals and covers to the up and coming stars the new wave electro band VANN MUSIC.”

The Dún Laoghaire Harbour Music Festival is supported by Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Dún Laoghaire Business Association and Lycamobile.

For further information contact Lloyd Barber on 085 833 7199 or

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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.

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