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Harbour Maintenance Programme 2016

2014 mooring after clearance Photo Credit Irish Marine Corp


Repair works commence this month in Dun Laoghaire Harbour to repair and maintain this beautiful public amenity.

The East Pier and the Carlisle Pier require significant repair works. Ward & Burke have been contracted to complete these projects. The total cost to the Harbour Company is an estimated €1 million.



Lower East Pier – Repair 100m section of storm damage as part of a rolling maintenance programme.

Project timeline – March to April 2016

(Note: These works have very little effect on pier walkers. Walkers will be directed to take the upper deck of the pier to avoid the repair works)


Carlisle Pier – Pile repair and replacement fenders for berth 2. Upgrade berthing facilities for small cruise ships and extend the life of the outer piles.

Project timeline – March to June 2016.

(Note: repair works to the Carlisle Pier will have no effect on parking on the pier).

Marine Artists Exhibition 2016

art exhibition east pierFollowing on from the successful debut Marine Art exhibition in 2015 we invite artists to return for Summer 2016. The Exhibition of Marine Artists will take place this Summer from April to September 2016.

  • Exhibition 1 – April 30th, May 1st & 2nd
  • Exhibition 2 – June 4th & 5th
  • Exhibition 3 – July 2nd & 3rd
  • Exhibition 4 – July 30th, 31st & 1st Aug
  • Exhibition 5 – Sept 3rd & 4th

We invite local artists to take part (spaces limited) by applying for an exhibition space.

Please find the application form here.

The Closing date for each exhibition is 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the exhibition.

Christmas 2015 at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Vintage Carousels – Kids Bounce Arena – Christmas Shop

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Dun Laoghaire Harbour is delighted to kick off Christmas celebrations this Thursday 19th November with family friendly activities.

We welcome the Vintage Carousel Company back to Dun Laoghaire for its 6th Christmas. The Harbour Plaza will feature merry go rounds, chair-o-planes and a variety of other family friendly amusements.

In addition to the carousels we also have a Children’s Bouncy castle experience in the terminal building this year. This bounce experience is open to children up to 10 years old along with a café and a “One Stop Christmas shop” open to the public.

Christmas Fireworks

The annual Christmas Fireworks display will take place at 17:00 Sat 21st November from the Carlislie Pier here in  Dun Laoghaire Harbour.



  • Thursday / Fri 14:00 – 18:00
  • Saturday 12:00 – 20:00
  • Sunday 11:00 – 18:00


Dates of operation

  • Opening Friday 20th November until Thursday 24th December 2015.
  • Vintage Carousel Company Closing at 16:00 Thurs 24th December
  • Indoor Christmas shop, cafe and bounce arena closed 18:00 Sun 20th December.


After Christmas 

  • Carousels opening – Sat 26th Dec– Sun 3rd Jan



  • Indoor Bouncy Castles – €3.00 (20 min) or €5.00 (1 hour)
  • Kids Funfair rides – €2.00 per ride


Harbour Parking

  • Old Harbour (West of Crofton Bridge) – €4 per day
  • Carlisle Pier Carpark – €5 per day
  • Underground Carpark (under Harbour Plaza) – €8 per day


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Dun Laoghaire Harbour welcomes host of German visitors

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The month of September sees the arrival of the annual Oktoberfest to Georges Dock in Dublin. While the city drinks in the German culture Dun Laoghaire Harbour welcomes thousands of German visitors searching for their own slice of “Irishness”.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour is delighted to welcome German visitors in the form of the newly built TUI Cruise ship ‘Mein Schiff 4’ along with a German Navy Corvette visit later in the month.

MEIN_SCHIFF_4Mein Schiff 4 which translates to ‘My Ship 4” visits Ireland for the first time and calls to Dun Laoghaire on the 18th September with up to 2506 guests and 1000 crew.

The new ship was completed in late 2014 in the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. She comes complete with a 25m swimming pool, basketball court, sea view sauna and guests can expect to pay up to €5,495 for a suite on a 10 day cruise on board this luxury German vessel. The ships first sailings in August have seen her travel around the Nordic regions stopping off in ports such as Oslo, Helsinki and Copenhagen.

She will soon start an 11 day round trip departing Hamburg on the 12th September, travelling to Scotland, Northern Ireland, Dun Laoghaire, the UK and back to Germany. The ship will then take to warmer waters later in the year cruising around the Canary Islands.

Mein Schiff 4 guests will be welcomed to Ireland by a host of local Dun Laoghaire volunteers to advise on the best local attractions. The town has also laid on a “traditional” music session for a proper Irish welcome.

Ludwigshafen am Rhein F264Later in the month Dun Laoghaire Harbour welcomes its second German visitor in the form of the German Navy. The 90m long 1850 tonne German Navy vessel ‘Ludwigshafen am Rhein’ visits the harbour from the 25th – 28th September. The German corvette will be on show at the Carlisle Pier for navy enthusiasts and members of the public 26th Sept 13:00 – 17:00 & 27th Sept 14:00 – 16:00.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour to host LÉ James Joyce commissioning

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company are honored to host the commissioning ceremony for the new Naval vessel L.É James Joyce to take place in Dun Laoghaire Harbour this Tuesday 1st September 2015 at 14:30.

The town of Dun Laoghaire has a strong link with the ships namesake James Joyce.  The novelist and poet playwright made the local Martello tower the setting of his masterpiece novel, Ulysses and the Martello tower is home today to the James Joyce Museum.

LE_JAMES_JOYCEL.É James Joyce is an new offshore patrol vessel replacing the 35-year-old LÉ Aoife. The ship will survey the exclusive economic zone off Ireland’s coasts, extending toward Great Britain in the East and into the Atlantic in the west. It will cover over 158,000 square miles in area with the use of fly drones to monitor such an extensive area.

The €50m James Joyce will be almost 300 feet long, powered by two diesel engines and have a top speed around 26 mph. There are currently 8 Ships in the Irish Navy all named after Irish and Celtic Mythological figures, LÉ or Long Éireannach Eithne ,LÉ Aoife, LÉ Aisling, LÉ Niamh, LÉ Roisin, LÉ Samuel Beckett, LÉ Orla & LÉ Ciara.

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Defence Simon Coveney T.D will conduct the naming and commissioning ceremony on the Carlisle Pier in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

le james joyce imageOpen to public for viewing – LÉ James Joyce will be open to the public to view on Wed 2nd September from 1400-1700hrs.

Proms on the Pier – Temporary Road Closures 29th & 30th Aug 15

Please note Harbour Road will be closed (in part) on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 August 2015  to facilitate

Proms on the Pier

Temporary ​Road closure

  • Saturday 29 August 15:00 to 23:30
  • Sunday 30 August 16:00 to 23:30 hours

on Harbour Road from the entrance to the Stena Compound (east side of Marina entrance) to the Harbour roundabout .

Access the west side of harbour from Crofton Bridge and east side of harbour from bottom of Marine Road or road entrance to NYC . See map of Harbour Road

Road Closures 29th 30th Aug 15

Barts Bash is Back in Dun Laoghaire Harbour

“Bart’s Bash – World Record Charity Sailing Event

Hosted by INSC –

The Irish National Sailing Club Dun Laoghaire is delighted to be organising Bart’s Bash on Sunday the 20th September 2015 in aid of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

The event will run in tandem with events all around the world at the same time. In keeping with the Irish National Sailing Club’s ethos of safe and enjoyable sailing we propose a well-run, but simple race for yachts, sportsboats and dinghies.

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As the Irish National Sailing Club’s first event open to the wider sailing community it is hoped that the local sailing community will take part on Sunday the 20th of September.

 The warning signal will be at 11.55am. Supplementary sailing instructions will detail starts for different classes.   Apres Sail @ RIYC.

1720 ShotFor further details on how to sign up, sailing instructions etc see:

Find out a little more on the history of Barts Bash

Championship Conditions Gets 2015 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta Underway

Dublin, Thursday 9th July 2015


Howth Yacht Club’s Storm skippered by Pat Kelly took an early lead in the J109 National Championships being sailed as part of the 2015 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta this afternoon.


The Howth entry made the most of a strong sea breeze gusting to 20 knots that delivered championship conditions and got all 29 classes off to a prompt start on Dublin Bay.

3000 sailors are racing in the four day regatta, the biggest sailing event in Ireland this year.

Second in the 11–boat J109 fleet was the National Yacht Club’s Something Else skippered by John Hall with third place going to recently crowned Irish Cruiser (ICRA) Division One champion, Joker II (John Maybury).


Thursday 9th July 2015, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin:   on the opening day of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta where a fleet of 409 boats are competing.  Photograph:  © David Branigan/Oceansport
Thursday 9th July 2015, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin:
on the opening day of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta where a fleet of 409 boats are competing. Photograph: © David Branigan/Oceansport

Conditions could not have been more different than the first race this time two years ago when light winds frustrated sailors in the biennial event.

Today was equally as testing but for completely different reasons as sailors dealt with choppy seas and gusty conditions that led to a number of collisions and gear damage.

Racing is being staged until Sunday over five separate courses for a combined fleet of 415 boats, with over 180 visiting yachts from 69 yacht clubs.

An impressive line up of eight class zero boats has made Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta one of the biggest turnout this year for the near 40–footers. What’s even more impressive is the fleet has been drawn entirely from outside the Bay. First blood has gone to Conor Phelan’s Ker 37 Jump Juice, just one of four entries from Cork Harbour. Second is returning Scottish entry from the Clyde, Roxstar, the XP38i, skippered by Jonathan Anderson. The 2013 winner of the overall Volvo trophy Nigel Biggs is back and sailing this year in class zero in a new C&C 30 design and placed sixth.

Visitors also top class one’s 18-boat fleet with the Beneteau First 36.7 Wildfire (DJ O’Malley) from Royal Northern Yacht Club leading from Fairlie Yacht club’s MAT 1010 Now or Never. Third is local boat Boomerang, the Kirwan family’s Beneteau 36.7, from the Royal St. George Yacht Club.

Yachts are sailing different courses including trapezoid, windward leeward, and triangular course configurations. A coastal series is also being staged and has drawn a bumper entry of 25, with today’s bay course race won by Royal Irish yacht WOW, skippered by George Sisk, the recently crowned class zero ICRA champion.

In the one design and dinghy divisions, sailing in the west or the north west of Dublin bay, there were plenty of familiar names at the top of the fleets.

Royal Ulster’s Paul Prentice leads an impressive 16-boat Sigma 33 fleet, Ian Mathews the Flying Fifteens, Vincent Delany the Squibs and in an impressive 35–boat turnout for the GP14s, Ballyholme Yacht Club’s Ruan O’Tiarnaigh and Niamh McCormick lead.

Unfortunately, a first race collision with a Beneteau 21 on the same course has almost certainly put Flying Fifteen contenders Ben Mulligan and Alan Green out of the regatta.

Sailing in Seapoint Bay, with a 150-160 degree wind, a seven boat Fireball dinghy fleet sailed two races and Conor Clancy leads with a first and a third.

Selected results only from VDLR Day One. Full results available on


IRC CLASS 0  1. Jump Juice (C Phelan) 2. Roxstar (J Anderson) 3.Auora (R Stuart / B Ram))


IRC CLASS 1  1. Wildfire (D/J O’Malley/Urquhart)  2. Now or Never 3 (N Stafford) 3. Boomerang (Kirwan Family)


IRC CLASS 2   1. Injenious (M & G Crompton & Hallworth) 2. Wildebeest V (C Latimer) 3. Checkmate XV (D Cullen)


IRC CLASS 3   1. Dux (A Gore-Grimes) 2. Maximus (P Kyne) 3. Fusion (R Colwell & R Cobbe)


J109  1. Storm (P Kelly) 2. Something Else (J & B Hall) 3. Joker 2 (J Maybury)


SIGMA 33  1. Squawk (P Prentice) 2. Leaky Roof 2 (A Harper) 3. Popje (T McCourt)


BENETEAU 31.7  1. Levana (J Mitton) 2. Crazyhorse (F Heath / I Schuster) 3. Prospect (C Johnston)


The Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta is Ireland’s biggest sailing event and takes place for the next three days until Sunday 12th July with over 400 boats and 3,000 competitors taking part. There is a great festival atmosphere across the waterfront and Dun Laoghaire town as four sailing clubs come together for the biennial event; Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club, Royal St. George Yacht Club and National Yacht Club.


For more information see or find Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Facebook and Twitter.



For further information contact:

Kevin Moore, FleishmanHillard, 01 6188499 / 086 8252611 E:

Lydia Tierney, FleishmanHillard, 01 6188459 / 085 7138810 E:


RNLI Tonne of Water- Respect the Water Campaign

RTW logoOn Thursday 9th of July 2015- the RNLI’s  ‘Tonne of Water- Respect the Water’ Campaign began.

What is the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign?
Respect the Water is the RNLI’s national drowning prevention campaign, which forms a key part of the charity’s approach to halving the number of accidental coastal deaths by 2024. It has been developed using best practice from successful public safety campaigns such as Think! And Fire Kills.

The campaign is primarily targeted at men aged 16–39, who account for the majority of coastal deaths each year. It aims to raise drowning as an important and relevant issue in the UK and Ireland, highlighting the extent of the problem by using strong messaging, thought-provoking statistics, and real stories to encourage safer behaviour. In 2015, Respect the Water will be bigger than ever, with wider-reaching advertising and harder-hitting campaign materials.

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Why is the campaign needed?
An average of 59 people lose their lives in Irish waters each year, which is more than the number of pedestrians and cyclists who lose their lives on Ireland’s roads.



Most of the people who die around the coast each year did not even plan to enter the water – slips and falls while walking and running are a major cause of coastal deaths. And it’s not the adrenaline sports putting people at risk – it’s everyday use of the coast which often results in fatalities.

Through Respect the Water and other coastal safety initiatives, the RNLI is aiming to halve the number of accidental coastal deaths in the UK and Ireland by 2024.

As part of the campaign the RNLI have a tonne of water (as seen above) in place on the East Pier here in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. During the busy summer this tonne is there to bring the “Respect the Water” message to all Harbour users.

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