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Dun Laoghaire Sailability Programme Returns For 2017
Dublin Bay
#Sailability - Dun Laoghaire’s waterfront clubs have launched their 2017 sailability programme for children ages 8-17 with physical and/or sensorial disabilities. The programme kicks off with a try sailing event on Sunday 11 June at the Royal Irish Yacht Club,…
'Irish Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire' (Peter Pearson) who is one of the artists exhibiting works at a contemporary exhibition to commemorate Dun Laoghaire Harbour's bicentenary
Dublin Bay
#HarbourArt - At the end of this month the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company are to mark the 200th anniversary of the laying of the first stone of the Harbour in 1817.   This is to take place on Wednesday 31st…
The restored Periwinkle reveals her classic style
Historic Boats
The last time the Alfred Mylne-designed Dublin Bay 24s raced together in their home waters was Saturday, September 25th 2004 writes W M Nixon. Since then, the class has been through various traumas as projects for a group rebuild/restoration in…
The 313–metre Celebrity Eclipse, twice as long as Croke Park, and as seen from Dun Laoghaire, passes Howth Head on her way into Dublin Port this morning
Cruise Liners
Luxury cruise liner Celebrity Eclipse made her maiden call to Dublin Port this morning.  As our photo above shows Dublin Port Pilots and two Port Tug boats escorted the liner on her first journey past the Baily Lighthouse in the…
A Sunseeker yacht arrives in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dublin Bay
Dun Laoghaire Marina, Ireland's largest marina and the 'gateway to Dublin city', welcomed two impressive Sunseeker motor cruisers at the weekend. Firstly, a Manhattan 56 model that was in transit on the Irish Sea stopped for fuel, one of the…
The Irish Youth Sailing Club launching in better times from Dun Laoghaire’s West Pier
News Update
#Crime - A sail training boat owned by the Irish Youth Sailing Club is among those vandalised in an incident at Dun Laoghaire’s West Pier over the weekend, as TheJournal.ie reports. The RIB, which was slashed and had its outboard…
The Iris Sails Again, 1895 by Aidan Hickey
Dublin Bay
#DLharbour200Art - To celebrate the Bicentenary of Dun Laoghaire Harbour, the Dublin Painting & Sketching Club’s annual exhibition has a ‘maritime’ theme on display (8-21st May) in the Concourse Gallery, of the County Hall, Dun Laoghaire. Opening times at the…
Rockabill (Paul O'Higgins) of the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the Cruisers Zero winner in last night's first DBSC Thursday race
DBSC
A low tide and north–westerly wind gusting to 15–knots greeted a strong turnout of Dublin Bay Sailing Club's 200 boat fleet in 20 classes for last night's first Thursday race of 2017. Provisional results are downloadable below. Paul O'Higgins's Rockabill…
Dublin Bay which is designated as a UNESCO Biosphere that highlights the important relationship between people and wildlife
Dublin Bay
#BiosphereTours – Dublin Bay Biosphere Guided Tours begin today from Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Dublin and Howth and on every Wednesday until 14 June, writes Jehan Ashmore. Dublin Bay which is internationally recognised for its wealth of marine wildlife and cultural…
Winds gusted to 35–knots at start time
DBSC
Last night's opening race in the DBSC summer season was abandoned due to strong northerly winds on Dublin Bay. Unfortunately, it was a predictable outcome given earlier forecasts had suggested the prospect of wind in excess of 25 knots by…
New arrival in Dun Laoghaire – This Hydrographic survey catamaran is capable of operating offshore for 7 days duration for 12 crew with ‘all weather capabilities’ able to operate in rough conditions and in S.A.R. roles when required and undertake coastal and offshore ‘Patrol’ duties. See photo below
Dublin Bay
Just arrived at Dun Laoghaire Marina is a Wildcat 60 multi purpose survey catamaran. The new vessel is the latest in the fleet for the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) based at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Cork based Safehaven Marine have delivered…
East Pier, Dun Laoghaire Harbour as seen from Dalkey Quarry which was used to begin construction in 1817. Among the events of DLR Spring into Heritage are free guided walking tours of the 200 year old harbour. Beyond are the lighthouses that mark the entrance to Dublin Port.
Dublin Bay
#DLRHeritage - Easter is over but there’s plenty more to do with this year’s Spring into Heritage (28 April-18 June) programme organised by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Beginning next Monday, the DLR Heritage programme offers a variety of events and…
The Juniors of the National Yacht Club celebrate Annalise Murphy’s Olympic achievements. When the Junior Training programe at the National YC was inaugurated 50 years ago, the extensive boat platform on which this is all happening didn’t exist
W M Nixon
A very special Golden Jubilee coming up in May provides links to an Irish Olympic Sailing Silver Medal, the Fireball World Championship, and the America’s Cup. W M Nixon finds the widest connections go even further than that to include…
Transit Gateway Mapping Phase 3: Dublin Port from 1786-1866
Dublin Port
#TransitGateway - As part of “Dublin Port Perspectives”, Transit Gateway is a project that documents the transitional changes of the shape of Dublin Port from its medieval shoreline to its current infrastructure. This will be third seminar so far of…
Beneteau 31.7s on the line for a DBSC race start
DBSC
Class captains from twenty Dublin Bay Sailing classes were briefed on the new Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) season this week. DBSC Commodore Chris Moore's briefing notes are below. The first DBSC race will be on Tuesday 25th April, then the first Thursday race…
GATEWAY TO IRELAND? An exhibition in the dlrLexicon, explores 200 years of Dun Laoghaire Harbour and the theme of the travelling public. Afloat adds that the historic ferry service (Stena HSS) to Holyhead, Wales that closed in 2014, left neighbouring routes out of Dublin to serve the UK. Among them Irish Ferries whose HSC Jonathan Swift is underway beyond the East Pier bound for Anglesey. In the foreground, the Carlisle Pier was for many generations the main embarkation point to where ‘Mail-Boats’ were involved in large-scale emigration. Also seen is the obelisk erected after King George IV visit in 1821 to Dunleary which was renamed in his honour as Kingstown. Also in this present day view facing the harbour is the new retail development 'Marine Walk' under construction.
Dublin Bay
#Gateway2Ireland – In an exhibition that covers two hundred years since Dún Laoghaire proudly became the ‘Gateway to Ireland’, the flagship dlrLexicon Library that aptly overlooks the harbour explores the theme of travel and travellers to Ireland. Utilising material from…

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