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INSS Vikings Are Coming to Dun Laoghaire Harbour

18th August 2017
A Viking longship is lifted into the water on the MGM Boatyard hoist at Dun Laoghaire's Coal Harbour this morning A Viking longship is lifted into the water on the MGM Boatyard hoist at Dun Laoghaire's Coal Harbour this morning

A Viking invasion will take place on Sunday the 20th of August thanks to the Irish National Sailing School in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin.

The centre piece of the event will be a re-enacted battle between two of the longboats and their 30 crew at 3pm. The Viking's are expected to sail/row from the mouth of the harbour towards the bandstand, where the crews will do battle on the water before coming up onto the pier and battling a further 30 Vikings in a Viking village on the East Pier.  

It's perhaps not that well known but another string to the INSS bow is the company's work in the film industry as marine experts. Specifically, INSS's Alistair Rumball has been involved most recently in the hit TV series Vikings that is produced in County Wicklow.

So this Sunday is a great opportunity to witness what goes on behind the scenes on one of the film sets for the series.

 

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Dublin Bay

Dublin Bay on the east coast of Ireland stretches over seven kilometres, from Howth Head on its northern tip to Dalkey Island in the south. It's a place most Dubliners simply take for granted, and one of the capital's least visited places. But there's more going on out there than you'd imagine.

The biggest boating centre is at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the Bay's south shore that is home to over 1,500 pleasure craft, four waterfront yacht clubs and Ireland's largest marina.

The bay is rather shallow with many sandbanks and rocky outcrops, and was notorious in the past for shipwrecks, especially when the wind was from the east. Until modern times, many ships and their passengers were lost along the treacherous coastline from Howth to Dun Laoghaire, less than a kilometre from shore. 

The Bay is a C-shaped inlet of the Irish Sea and is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and 7 km in length to its apex at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south. North Bull Island is situated in the northwest part of the bay, where one of two major inshore sandbanks lie, and features a 5 km long sandy beach, Dollymount Strand, fronting an internationally recognised wildfowl reserve. Many of the rivers of Dublin reach the Irish Sea at Dublin Bay: the River Liffey, with the River Dodder flow received less than 1 km inland, River Tolka, and various smaller rivers and streams.

 

At A Glance – Dublin Bay

The Bay is a C-shaped inlet of the Irish Sea and is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and 7 km in length to its apex at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south

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