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You’d be filled with wonder, The Story of Dun Laoghaire Harbour

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The Bicentenary of Dun Laoghaire Harbour, first Children’s Book is released

Dun Laoghaire harbour has caught the imagination of writers, playwrights and poets for two centuries. Countless books have been written recalling the stories of shipwrecks, storms and forgotten heroes to all, but children.
The Blackrock Education Centre, supported by Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, has created a children’s book as a legacy to the future custodians, sailors and visitors to the harbour.
Dun Laoghaire Harbour celebrated its bicentenary in 2017 and to celebrate the enormous impact it has had on the local area the first children’s book about the harbour is now in bookshops entitled:

“You’d be filled with wonder, The Story of Dun Laoghaire Harbour!

This unique book was written by local historian Dr Seamus Cannon with support from Grainne O Malley and Colin Scudds. It was designed by Eliane Pearce as a series of 15 bite sized stories highlighting key events in the harbour’s history. Tales of heroism, genius, celebration, tragedy and how the harbour began with a tragic double shipwreck and became the largest construction project of its time in Ireland.
Dún Laoghaire harbour was witness to some of the great historical events of the past two centuries and these moments are captured in vivid colour with remarkable illustrations.

The book will ignite the imagination of school children along with curious adults and tourists alike. Available for €9.00 in local bookstores and online .

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Notes :

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company is the custodian of Dun Laoghaire Harbour and its team are responsible for the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary Steering Group.

The Steering Group contains – The Patron, Minister Mary Mitchell O Connor T.D., The Combined Yacht Clubs represented by Rob Goodbody, Margaret Dunne at Dalkey Castle Heritage Centre, The National Maritime Museum, Don Mc Manus at Dun Laoghaire Business Improvement District, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, RNLI Dun Laoghaire, The Coal Harbour Users Group, The Pavillion Theatre, TD Sean Barrett, Peter Pearson, Capt. Simon Coate, Chairperson of DLHC Eithne Scott Lennon and DLHC CEO Gerry Dunne.

Blackrock Education Centre – Blackrock Education Centre provides educational services for schools, teachers, parents, educators and members of our community. This includes professional and personal development opportunities and support for teachers and the wider school community.

Courses are offered in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills, all Education Support Services, Universities and Colleges, and Institutes of Education and further training. Many more courses are based on local need and are provided by local educators and interested persons for teachers, schools and the wider community

Star Pride cruises into Dun Laoghaire Sat 16th June 2018

WINDSTAR PRIDE – SAT 16TH JUNE –

DUN LAOGHAIRE – 08:00 – 18:00

All-Suite Yacht

With only 212 guests, a Star Pride cruise will make you feel like you’re on board your own private yacht almost as soon as you step aboard.

The sitting area of your spacious, newly refurbished suite gives you an expansive ocean view — making it a welcome retreat.

When you’re ready to make an appearance, the lounges, club, casino, screening room, and library are waiting to be explored. Take some “you” time in the tranquil WindSpa . . . enjoy a dip in the pool . . . work off that decadent dessert in the Fitness Center . . . and, of course, you are always welcome to visit the Bridge to examine navigation charts with the Captain.

Star Pride is large enough to pamper and entertain you, yet small enough to tuck into delightful tiny harbors and hidden coves that others can’t reach.

Find out more about the ship here 

Invite to Gathering of families from Leinster Ship disaster

A “Gathering” of all Mail Boat Leinster descendants will take place in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, on Sunday 17th June commencing at 3.00p.m. 

The Leinster ship was sunk off Dún Laoghaire in 2018, with the loss of over 550 lives.

Plans are well underway to mark the centenary next October which will include an official state commemorative event.  

The sinking of the mail boat proved to be the worst ever recorded disaster on the Irish Sea and arguably the most significant World War 1 event to impact the Irish nation. 

For more information contact leinster2018@gmail.com 

 

Dun Laoghaire Harbour welcomes Irelands First Seabin

Marine litter

As the world grapples with the growing problem of marine litter, an 11-year-old Dublin girl is behind a new initiative to combat the issue in Dun Laoghaire. Sea bins, which can remove at least two tonnes of plastic litter per year, have been installed in the harbour.

Posted by RTÉ News on Thursday, May 24, 2018

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To find out more about FlossietheBeachCleaner find out more here .

To get involved in keeping our sea clean join https://www.facebook.com/marchfortheoceandublin/ .

Dun Laoghaire Harbour welcomes Irelands first Seabin

While the sun shone and after months of fundraising by the young, environmentally aware, Flossie Donnelly (11), Ireland’s first Seabin was submerged into Irish waters within Dún Laoghaire Harbour at midday today.

Single use plastics are a real challenge in our modern society. These plastics account for nearly 8 million tons of waste that enters our oceans and rivers every year. While nearly 20 million tons of general waste pollutes our waters globally each year, single use plastics account for approximately 50% of all litter. If this sea-scurge goes unchallenged, it is estimated that by 2050 there could be more plastic in our ocean than fish!

This is why these Seabins are so important so that they can compliment the work of thousands of volunteers across Ireland who capture and remove waste from our waters. As an island nation, we must do all that we can to combat the ever increasing amount of rubbish and plastics polluting our waters.  

Today’s Seabin launch has been made possible with the collaboration and support of the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, the Dún Laoghaire Marina and Inland and Coastal Marina Systems and all brought together by Flossie herself.

Speaking at the launch, Flossie said “I’m so excited that these seabins are finally being installed and I cannot wait for them to be installed.  I am so happy that all my fundraising has finally paid off with the help of my friends, family and everyone who donated…this is finally going to be made possible!!

I really feel when the seabins are in it will make a big difference with the pollution in the sea locally and I love the way that the seabins will not harm any of the fish in their natural habitat and hopefully soon enough in their plastic free habitat! I’m very excited for ‘a plastic free Irish Sea’.

The operations manager of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Tim Ryan said “the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company are delighted to be involved in this exciting project, made possible by an inspirational 11 year old girl, Flossie. When Flossie first approached us, she already knew what she wanted, to install Ireland’s first Seabin and was well underway with her fundraising efforts. Her resolve inspired us to whatever we could to help her out.

We are delighted that the project is now becoming a reality and that Dún Laoghaire Harbour will be the first location for this important technology in Ireland. Plastics in our seas is a global problem, and if one local girl can make this project happen, the possibilities on a global scale are limitless. 

Oliver Shortall, Managing Director of Inland and Coastal Marina Systems (the company that distributes the Seabin products in Ireland and the UK) added “With Flossie’s enthusiasm for this project it was hard not to give assistance in the purchase of the two Seabins in Dún Laoghaire which are the first to be installed in Ireland. We are delighted to be a part of it and wish the Dun Laoighaire harbour Company, Flossie and her family all the best with the project.”

Flossie’s not finished yet, she will be the grand marshal in Ireland’s first “March for the Ocean” which is being organised by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and it takes place on Saturday 9th June at 2:30pm from the Royal Marine Hotel in Dún Laoghaire. All individuals, community and enviromental groups across Ireland are invited to join us and you can register your interest on Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/events/647049418963548/ This is part of a global initiative to combat single use plastics.

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For more information or comment, please contact Flossie Donnelly’s mother, Harriet directly on 087 924 2438 or for all other points of contact, please contact Moonshot Collective’s office on (01) 517 5303 or email info@moonshot.ie

 

NOTE TO EDITOR: 

1) The launch of the Seabin is taking place at the Coal Quay Harbour (near MGM Boats) off Crofton Road, Dún Laoghaire Harbour at 12pm today (Tuesday 22nd May, 2018)

2) Attached an explanatory brochure of the Seabin and some other images

3) View how this Seabin works;  https://youtu.be/SQl0xyKfm6I

All you need to know #RedBullFlugTag

Read this so you’re ready for take-off… Everything you need to know from time, place to access.

Red Bull Flugtag will take place in Dún Laoghaire Harbour on Sunday 20th May. This free family event will start at 12.00pm and run until approximately 4.30pm.

Where is the best place to watch Red Bull Flugtag?

All of the crafts will be launched from Carlisle Pier and the best spot to watch the show will be from the East Pier in Dún Laoghaire.

To ensure best viewing for all, a number of large TV screens will be positioned throughout the event area.

How do I get to the East Pier?

There will be signage throughout Dún Laoghaire, directing you to the viewing area.

From Dún Laoghaire DART Station, walk along Queen’s Road towards the East Pier.

From Dún Laoghaire town centre, you need to walk down Marine Road and turn onto Queen’s Road towards the East Pier.

Is there a viewing area for persons with disability?

Yes, it will be located on Carlisle Pier. Entrance to the area is beside the Royal St. George Yacht club. Carlisle Pier is the pier that will have the Red Bull Flugtag ramp positioned on.

Parking for persons with disabilities is located to the side of the Royal St George Yacht Club (next to the ferry terminal building). Space is limited and will be on a first come first serve basis. When the parking has reached capacity, the area will be used as a drop off only.

Vehicular Traffic

Temporary signage will be placed by the road to advise motorists of impending diversions.

Road Closures

A Road Closure Order will be in place on the following roads between 11.30am and 5.30pm on Sunday, 20th May:

Queens Road will be closed between the junctions of Marine Road and Park Road. However, access will be allowed into the DLR Lexicon Library car park and Park Rite Pavilion car park.

Harbour Road, in the area between the Roundabout at the Harbour Plaza and the East Pier, will be closed to vehicular access.

Westbound traffic on Newtownsmith will be directed to travel up Marine Terrace and Mellifont Avenue, in the direction of George’s Street.

Park Road will be closed to vehicular access.

Public Transport

Red Bull and An Garda Síochána wish to encourage patrons to use public transport to access the event. This will be the easiest and quickest way to travel to and from Red Bull Flugtag. The event location is easily accessible for DART and Dublin Bus services.

The venue is readily accessible from DART and bus services.

Dublin Bus

  • From City Centre, 7 and 46A operates to Dún Laoghaire
  • From Tallaght, 75 operates to Dún Laoghaire
  • From Loughlinstown, 111 operates to Dún Laoghaire
  • From Kilmacanogue, Route 45A from Kilmacanogue via Bray to Dún Laoghaire
  • From Killiney Druids Pub, Route 59 to Dún Laoghaire
  • From Kilternan, Route 63 to Dún Laoghaire

Note – Additional buses will be added on event day for both 7 and 46A routes between 11.30am and 5.30pm. Full timetables are available on the Dublin Bus website at www.dublinbus.ie

DART

  • DART services run every 20 minutes on Sundays and extra capacity will be provided during event times
  • Irish Rail advise purchasing return tickets to avoid queues in Dún Laoghaire DART Station on return
  • Travel time on the DART from city centre stations (Connolly/Tara Street/Pearse Street) is approximately 20-25 minutes

Parking

No parking will be permitted on Queen’s Road and on Harbour Road, between Harbour Plaza roundabout and East Pier. In the interest of safety, unauthorised vehicles parked in these areas will be removed. Elsewhere in Dún Laoghaire, normal parking availability and restrictions apply. Car parking facilities will be available at:

  • Stena HSS vehicle compound (200 spaces)
  • Park Rite Car Park, Pavilion Theatre, Queens Road (321 spaces)
  • Q Park, Bloomfield’s Shopping Centre, Lower George’s Street (550 spaces)
  • IMC Cinema’s Car Park, Library Road (off Lower George’s Street)

What should I bring?

Not much! You can get food and drink at local restaurants, cafes and shops, but spectators are welcome to bring their own picnic lunch.
We recommend bringing sun protection and suitable clothing for all weather… it is Ireland after all!

WHAT SHOULD I NOT BRING?

Please, for the safety of the event, do not bring alcohol, glass containers, pets, and hover/skate/long-boards.
Please remember the enjoyment of the other spectators. No tents, shade structures, beach umbrellas; so essentially no reserving of unattended areas or anything that would obstruct other people’s view. Just be sound!
Also, please remember the environment! No plastic sheeting/tarp on grass and no barbeques or sparklers. And finally please use the bins provided, or even better take it home to recycle!

WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER?

If it rains, the event will go on! But if there is extreme weather, check the website for further details.

Dún Laoghaire

You will find lots of information on shopping, eating, parking, etc. in Dún Laoghaire here.

 

Queen’s Road & Park Road – Closures 20th May 2018

Notice : During the Red Bull Flug Tag event this May 20th 2018 there will be some temporary road closures in place.

  • Queen’s Road and Park Road on Sunday 20th May, 2018 between the hours of 11.30am & 5.30pm
  • Queen’s Road will be closed from the junction with Marine Road to the junction with Park Road.

Park Road will be closed from the Junction with Queen’s Road to the junction with George’s Street Upper.

Diversions will be in place during the event.