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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.

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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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Port Summer Carnival Dun Laoghaire Fri 26th June – 12th July 2015

The Port Summer Carnival is back in Dun Laogahire Harbour this summer and its bigger than ever.

Opening on Friday 26th June there is fun for all the family with the Big Wheel, Take Off, Frizbee, Dogems and Carousel.

Opening Times:

The FunFair will run from Fri 26th June to Sunday 12th July

Mon – Fri – Open from 2pm each day

Sat / Sun – Open from 12 noon

We hope it will be as much of a success as the 2014 funfair. This years event will take place beside the Ferry Terminal. Just keep an eye out for the Big Wheel !

For more details follow

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Proformances from the Irish Youth Dance Festival 2015 at Harbour Plaza

Irish Youth Dance Festival 2015

2015 sees the Irish Youth Dance Festival celebrate its 15th year – making it Ireland’s longest running dance festival.  This unique and hugely popular event will offer audiences both new to and familiar with contemporary dance the opportunity to see the most exciting up-and-coming young dance talent Ireland has to offer – along with performances from dancers from the US and UK.

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TWO BOYS copyThere will be a wide range of performances and workshops on offer beginning Saturday June 27th with free dance workshops at dlr Lexicon Studio in Dun Laoghaire from 10.30am – 12.30am. Free outdoor performances will follow at the Harbour Plaza at 1pm and 4pm with a free studio performance at dlr Lexicon Studio at 5pm.

On Sunday June 28th at 8pm, the festival will showcase national and international youth dance at Dun Laoghaire’s Pavilion Theatre.

Tickets are available from the Pavilion box office on 01 – 231 29 29 or free booking online @ Tickets $14.

Friday July 3th sees the festival will move to The Axis Arts Centre in Ballymun with free Dance Workshops at Axis Dance Studio from 4 – 5 pm in Creative Dance for ages 6 – 12 yrs with American guest choreographer Ms.Toni Bravo and from 5 – 6 pm Urban Fusion Dance for ages 12 – 22+ yrs with Karla Holden from DYDC. Limited places – Booking Axis Reception 01 883 21 00



On Saturday July 4th at 8pm, Local, National and International companies from the festival will go on stage at The Axis Arts Centre to perform for audiences in Ballymun.

The IYDF programme for 2015 will feature dancers aged from 12 to 25, and offer a real variety of performances showcasing dancers, choreographers and companies from across Ireland. Dublin Youth Dance Company (DYDC), who present the festival together with company AD Mariam Ribón, is Ireland’s premiere contemporary youth dance group, and are known for their beautiful, passionate and imaginative work.

The festival will also be presenting work be international artists, including new work by Mexican American choreographer Toni Bravo, whose career has included experience with London’s Royal Ballet and with contemporary dance legend Pina Bausch.  Some of her work with dancers here and from the US will be presented during IYDF. Ajos Dance from England, fronted by JJ. Formento who was DYDC’s first director, will also be performing during the festival.


The festival will also include a dance residency by Toni Bravo in collaboration with Dance Ireland, and a photographic exhibition by Irish artist Sharon Murphy.


Mariam Ribón says, “I am delighted to present the 15th Irish Youth Dance Festival, a very vibrant cultural activity with young people and attractive for all ages. It has been the most exciting year working with Dublin Youth Dance Company and the fabulous cast of 16 dancers of 8 young male and 8 female dancers. I can’t wait to see them all in action with all the rest of companies and performers at the IYDF 2015.”

The IYDF is funded through DYDC by the Arts Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and supported by DTI’s Centre for Dance and Dance Ireland.


July / August Events Schedule 2015

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Dun Laoghaire Harbour has an exciting July and August schedule of events coming up.


  • FunFair  – Opens (Beside the Ferry Terminal) Friday 26th June – Sun 12th July
  • Marine Art Exhibition – 4th & 5th July – East Pier
  • RNLI Annual Open Day – 5th July. 13:00 – 17:00. The Irish Coast Gaurd Rescue 116 SAR helicopter will be making an appearence on the Carlisle Pier during the event.
  • Volvo Dun Laogahire Regatta – 9th – 12th July
  • Star Legend – Cruise Call – 12th July
  • Irish Guide Gogs for the Blind – Music on the East Pier from The Steadfast Brass Band & Charity Collection along with some of the IGDB fury friends on 12th July
  • Kiddies Amusements at the Harbour Plaza from 25th July




Try Sailing, Kayaking & Paddleboarding for only Ten Euro on 21st June

ISAF Youth World Sailing Championships sponsored by Four Star Pizza

As part of National Water Safety Awareness Week 2015 from Irish Water Safety and the Try Sailing intiative from the Irish Sailing Association we are delighted to announce that the Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School (INSS) are hosting an Open Day on 21st June from 12.30pm. There will be a small fee of €10 and it will operate 3 different times: 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

‘We want everyone to be able to share in a sport that we love, sailing after all is a skill for life’- Alistair Rumball (2015)

Come along and try out:

  • Kayaking
  • Sailing on our 1720 Sportsyacht
  • Paddle boarding
  • A short trip in our Powerboats


inss2There will be plenty of instructors and member of the Irish National Sailing Club on hand to answer all your questions.

INSS have waterproofs, wetsuits and buoyancy aids so all you need to bring along depending on the activity you want to try out are:

  • some old runners or soft soled shoes,
  • warm clothes
  • swim suit and rash vest for under a wetsuit
  • a towel


The aim is to get you on the water for a short session of about 45 minutes to an hour.
INSS will have information on all the courses on offer for all age groups.Contact the office to book your place now on 2844195 or

Tickets can be purchased here .

Check out INSS Linkedin profile, Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram for regular updates.

THE BEATYARD at Dun Laoghaire Harbour- August 1st & 2nd!

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After celebrating its 10th edition last year, THE BEATYARD is going coastal this August 1st & 2nd and relocating to the sunniest part of Dublin – Dun Laoghaire Harbour!

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Taking place over two days, it will combine three areas of music, great food, drinks and games all under one roof. The Beatyard is an experience for all the senses, bringing the best chefs, musicians and creatives together for one weekend. Savour a cocktail in TIPPLE TOWN before making your way to THE EATYARD for a delicious meal and you’ll soon be Lost In Music with Sister Sledge! All with the beautiful Dublin Bay as the backdrop to your day.

Providing the musical entertainment will be Sister Sledge, Four Tet (Official), Neneh Cherry, Barrington LEVY, Madlib, PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING, Lindstrom, Craig Charles, Optimo (Espacio) & Mister Saturday Night B2B, Midnight Magic, Dj Marky, Horse Meat Disco, I Am The Cosmos, Le Freak, RiZA, EMBRZ, Telephones, Tandem Felix, Sim Simma and more TBA.


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For more information click here

The Sonia O’ Sullivan 5k Run – Saturday, June 13th

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Starting at 7.30pm- this event marks the 20th Anniversary of Sonia O’Sullivan’s historic victory at the IAAF World Championships in Gothenburg in 1995.

This unique event will allow runners a unique opportunity to run with Ireland’s greatest athlete Sonia O’Sullivan. Navigating a beautiful scenic route around Dublin Bay, with the start and finish in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

All finishers will receive a unique Commemorative Medal – an exact replica of the World Championship Gold Medal won by Sonia O’Sullivan in Gothenburg in 1995.

Speaking about the race Sonia said “I think it is a novel idea to have a replica of my World Championships gold medal from Gothenburg as a memento, it should make all participants feel like World Champions on race day.” She added: “I really am looking forward to being able to look back and celebrate one of my greatest track achievements with those who enjoy running as much as I do.”

The event is organised by Athletics Ireland in partnership with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company with media partnership from the Irish Times. There will be a reception afterwards in the Harbour Plaza.

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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

Marine Artist Exhibition on the East Pier

This summer Dun Laoghaire Harbour welcome’s 15 marine style artist’s to the East Pier. The local artists will exhibit their work on the first weekend of every month from June to September.  4th & 5th Juyly, 1st & 2nd Aug & 5th & 6th September. There is a beautiful selection of work and well worth a trip down the East Pier.


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66. Down to the Sea, Dunleary €430
66. Down to the Sea, Dunleary €430

Paul Flynn- landscape .

62. Coal Harbour, Dun Laoghaire (Serigraph)  €200
62. Coal Harbour, Dun Laoghaire (Serigraph) €200


Elsie Sheridan- Storm