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Since 2016, Inland Fisheries Ireland has awarded more than €4 million to over 200 sustainable angling projects across the country.

Now more eligible community groups and angling clubs can apply for the latest round of grant funding available to sustainable fisheries conservation and development projects, with over €1 million announced today (Friday 27 November).

Expressions of interest have been sought under two schemes funded by angler contributions: the €50,000 Midlands Fisheries Funds, which focuses on sustainable works in the midland fisheries permit area; and the €1 million Salmon and Sea Trout Rehabilitation, Conservation and Protection Fund.

To be eligible, applicants must have contributed to the relevant fund through the purchasing of a midland fisheries permit or a salmon and sea trout licence, whether for angling or commercial purposes.

Expressions of interest (that will progress to full applications) will be accepted from this Monday 30 November, and applications and must be submitted before 5.30pm on Thursday 28 January. Decisions on applications and grants will be announced in May next year.

Further information on the grant schemes available and how to apply is available from the IFI website.

Published in Angling

A total of 35 projects engaged with introducing novices to angling have been granted funding this year to the tune of €140,000.

Applications for the ‘Angling for All’ fund were welcomed by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) from any group in Ireland engaged in encouraging novice anglers, for projects that support governance, education and safety in angling.

Four national projects are receiving funding, along with 31 regional projects including those by the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland (NCFFI), Angling Council of Ireland (ACI), Salmon and Sea Trout Recreational Anglers of Ireland (SSTRAI) and Irish Federation of Pike Angling Clubs (IFPAC).

“The ‘Angling for All’ fund has been oversubscribed, reflecting the interest there is in angling countrywide,” said IFI’s head of business development Suzanne Campion.

“This financial investment of €140,000 will support the angling community directly to help make angling an accessible sport to novice angler of all backgrounds and abilities.

“The fund seeks to break down proven barriers to entering the sport and aims to improve governance, education and safety within angling stakeholder organisations.”

The full list of projects and initiatives receiving funding supported by the Dormant Accounts Fund can be found below:

Organisation Location Project Title Offer amount (€)
Connaught Angling Council Mayo  Angling development 4759.46
Angling Council Ireland (ACI) Nationwide Child Safety, Coaching & Governance The Angling Council of Ireland #whatwedobest 5000
Cornamona and District Anglers Association Galway Inclusive Angling 3300
Weston Anglers Limerick Help the kids and keep the art of fishing alive 4500
Maigue Rivers Trust Limerick Fly Fishing on the Maigue 4867.7
James's Street CBS Dublin Transition Year Fishing Project 4600
Inniscarra Fishing Cork Fishing for All on Inniscarra 5000
Tullamore and District Angling Club Offaly Junior Anglers 2021 2400
SSTRAI Rathcormac Angling Group Cork Rathcormac Angling Hub Cast Programme fly tying for Rathcormac Scout Group 2000
Salmon & Sea Trout Recreational Anglers Ireland Nationwide SSTRAI New Starter Hubs 2021 (equipment) 5000
Macroom Trout Angling club Cork West Muskerry Angling Club 3270
Lough Ree Lanesborough Angling Hub Longford Access and coaching for youth and disabled 5000
St John Bosco Youth Centre Dublin Bosco Fishing Initiative 2100
Youth Action Castlebar Mayo Youth Action Castlebar 2200
Youth Action Ballina Mayo Youth Fishing Initiative 3300
Bannow Bay Sea Angling Club Wexford Shore Fishing for all. 4500
Mountmellick Angling Club Laois Mountmellick Angling for all 4895
Fermoy river youth And amenity group Cork Training for youth and vulnerable adults 4810
Waterford and District Coarse angling club Waterford WDCAC coaching program 4900
St. Pauls youth fishing club Waterford Waterford city youth outreach 4850
Lough Ree Access For All CLG Roscommon Lough Ree Access For All Angling Safaris 5000
Oaklands Coarse Angling club Wexford Oaklands Angling Camps 4900
Deele Community Anglers Donegal Wefish Nature Educates. 4800
Foroige Connect Mayo Foroige Connect 2200
FORUM Connemara Clg Galway Angling for young people with disability 2500
SSTRAI Glanmire & District Salmon & Trout Anglers Association Cork Tibbotstown Reservoir Fishery 3500
Killinarden Angling Initiative Dublin Angling in Dublin Vlog 4000
Irish Federation of Pike Angling Clubs Dublin All Ireland Junior Angling Championships and Novice Angler Coaching 5000
National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland Nationwide On-Line Governmence Support for Clubs 4500
Maugherow Sea Angling Club Sligo Establishment of New Sea Angling Club in North Sligo (Maugherow Sea Angling Club) 4000
Silver Anglers Kilcormac Offaly Silver Anglers Future Fishing Development Project 4250
Munster Provisional Council of the Irish Federation of Sea Anglers Cork Munster Juvenile Boat Angling 4992
Inagh River Catchment Management Association Clare Inagh River Youth Angling Initiative 3140
Mullingar Tidy Towns Westmeath Fishing for all Mullingar 3830
Coomhola National School Cork Angling: A Sense of Place 2300
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Refurbishment of the Longford Canal and the extension of the Grand Canal Greenway from Daingean to Edenderry are two of the projects that will be funded from a €63.5m allocation for greenways in 2021.

Transport Minister Eamon Ryan and Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton today (Monday 9 November) confirmed the funding for a range of greenways across the country.

Minister Ryan said the funding “is the highest single year amount ever allocated to greenways”.

“Indeed, it nearly equals the total amount originally allocated for the four years 2018-2021 (€53m) and shows the commitment of this Government to providing a step-change in the way in which we fund walking and cycling,” he said.

Among the inland waterways projects in the list is the €172,000 refurbishment of the Longford Canal spur of the Royal Canal, with improved infrastructure being provided along its cycleway.

In Co Offaly, €3.1 million has been allocated to fund the extension of the Grand Canal Greenway from Daingean to Edenderry, with another €1.66 million for the stretch between Daingean and Lough Boora, west of Tullamore.

“By the end of next year it will be possible to cycle the greenway the whole way from Edenderry to Lough Boora, over 50km worth of cycleway,” Minister Ryan said.

Minister Naughton added that a new greenway bridge across the River Shannon in Athlone would be funded from a €8.1 million allocation to the Galway-to-Dublin Greenway.

Published in Inland Waterways

Sailing in Ireland is set to benefit from an “unprecedented” €85 million funding package for the sports sector.

Sport Ireland chairman Kieran Mulvey said the announcement — made today (Monday 2 November) by Sport Minister Catherine Martin and Minute of State for Sport Jack Chambers — represents “the largest ever investment package for sport”.

It follows a €70 million package approved over the summer as the Government aims to address some of the extended challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

John Treacy, chief executive of Sport Ireland, said: “The initial schemes announced in June were designed to support organisations with Covid-19-related losses in 2020.

“However, having engaged with our funded bodies, we understand that the current Level 5 restrictions present additional challenges.

“As such, we are ring-fencing finances to address any immediate needs that may arise in the sector in the coming weeks.”

Among the allocations to national governing bodies, Irish Sailing will receive €650,000, while Rowing Ireland gets €149,000, €70,000 goes to the Irish Underwater Council, €50,000 to the Irish Surfing Association and €48,000 to Canoeing Ireland.

The Olympic Federation of Ireland has welcomed the funding “which will provide much needed support for a wide variety of Olympic sports, many of which have been severely impacted by Covid-19”.

It adds that the package will also “provide some stability to protect performance programmes for those elite athletes currently preparing for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo next year”.

A new funding scheme to support novice anglers of all ages and backgrounds is now open for applications.

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) says the €120,000 ‘Angling for All’ fund will contribute between €2,000 and €5,000 for each qualifying project aimed at getting young and novice anglers involved in the sport and pastime.

Applications are invited from all angling clubs within the Republic of Ireland as well as angling representative bodies, local community groups and not-for-profits, and both existing and planned Angling For Youth Development Ireland (AFYDI) hubs.

“Angling is not just a sport; it can offer young people new experiences and opportunities,” says IFI’s Suzanne Campion. “It can also help develop a young person’s skills, self-confidence and motivation whilst promoting physical exercise and good health.”

The closing date is Tuesday 13 October and all applications must be submitted via the IFI website.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, IFI is also currently inviting submissions for its new Novice Angling Strategy, titled ‘Let’s Fish’, which is aimed at growing angling participation nationwide.

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Marine Michael Creed has today (Tuesday 19 May) announced details of a €3.1m package to assist 10 coastal local authorities in 58 development and repair projects on harbours and slipways owned by them.

The package provides funding for maintenance and repair works in addition to supporting the ongoing development and enhancement of harbour facilities including some marine leisure developments.

Minister Creed said: “I am delighted to announce the continuation of our programme to assist coastal local authorities in the repair and development of fishery and aquaculture-linked marine infrastructures under their ownership.”

The local authority programme forms part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s 2020 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme, whereby the department co-funds up to 75% of the total cost of approved projects, with the Local Authority providing the balance.

The minister said the harbours in receipt of this funding “are fundamental to the wellbeing of rural coastal communities and play an important social and economic role in their respective localities”.

He added: “The €3.1m I have made available in 2020 is testament to my commitment to assist in the ongoing economic and social development in our rural coastal communities. This enlarged scheme will provide a much needed economic boost to these communities, given the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on rural areas.

“The diverse range of projects approved for funding under the programme are geographically spread across 10 local authorities and will not only create local construction employment over the lifetime of the projects, but equally will further enhance the amenities provided to the wider marine community in these coastal areas.”

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine funded Local Authority works 2020

 

County Council

Location

Works

Grant Aid Approved

Clare

County Council

 

Carrigaholt Pier

Essential repairs and reconstruction of section of old pier wall.

37,500

 

 

Bournapeaka Pier (Ballyvaughan)

Underpin mid section of pier. Remove and replace cracked section of pier. Remove section of deck and replace tying into repaired section of quay. Remove and relay cut stone along pier edge.

51,750

 

Ballyvaughan Pier

Installation of flood gate and 3 no. flap valves. Provision of rock armour to protect pier wall.

48,750

 

Total Clare

138,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cork

County Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ballycotton Pier

Provide additional berthage at the deepest section of the pier. Fit 1 No. new navigation light at harbour entrance. Install new fenders at head of main pier.

22,500

 

Kinsale Harbour – Pier at Fisherman’s Pontoon

Re-grade and re-deck existing access to the fisherman's pontoon. Replace and install new gangway. Provide safety signage and necessary safety railings.

93,750

 

Youghal Harbour - Nealson Quay, Market Dock & Green Dock

Installation of new handrails, toe-rails, replace ladders, mooring rings, mooring bollards and storm weather gate. Upgrade existing steps and carry out remedial works to pier wall and re-deck slipway.

60,000

 

Keelbeg – Union Hall Pier – Safety Measures

Provide physical barrier to control access to pier. Line markings are required to designated works areas, walking area and storage areas. Provide CCTV system. Install toe rails along the edge of pier.

 

30,000

Utility Upgrade (water) at Keelbeg (Union Hall Pier), Kinsale Harbour, Baltimore Pier, Ballycotton Pier

Upgrade of water distribution system to include supply points on the side of the pier to improve facilities for users/fishermen.

38,250

Safety Measures & Improvement Works Bundle - Ilawn na gCoarach (Bere Island), Bea Lough Pier, Abbey Pier (Sherkin Island), East Pier (Heir Island),Middle Land (Long Island). Colla Pier & Abbey Pier (Sherkin Island)

Erect standard safety signage at Ilawn na gCoarach, Bea Lough Pier, Abbey Pier, East Pier & Middle Land. Replace damaged ladders, handrails, toerails, minor concrete repairs at Bea Lough Pier, Colla Pier & Abbey Pier.

26,250

Utility Upgrade Bundle (Water & Electricity) Schull Pier, Courtmacsherry & Middle Land (Long Island)

Schull - Upgrade of existing electric system and provide distribution system to include supply points on the pier. Courtmacsherry - Upgrade of existing water & electric system and provide distribution system to include supply points on the pier. Middle Land (Long Island) - Upgrade of existing water & electric system and provide distribution system to include supply points on the pier.

32,250

 

Monkstown Sand Quay

Provide concrete plinth adjacent to slipway. Install handrail. Provide vertical toe rail on both slips. Define access with Safety Chains/Bollards. Install new Ring Buoy. Install standardised H&S Signage.

7,500

 

Castletownsend

Install handrail to steps and toe-rail. Concrete repair to steps and defective areas of pier deck. Safety signage. Provide road lining at entrance to pier. Provide ring-buoy.

5,250

 

Drumlave (Adrigole)

Replace defective ladder and provide new additional ladder, toe rail, handrail and mooring rings. Concrete remedial work to steps. Safety signage.

5,250

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knockadoon Pier & Slip

New concrete deck on upper section of slipway. Provide section of vertical toe-rails on both sides of slipway. Provide a new section of handrail on raised concrete section at beach & breakwater. Replace 2 No. ladders at head of breakwater. New surface water drain with gulley adjacent to gabions. Safety signage.

13,500

 

Lough Hyne East

Erect handrail at steps. Concrete repair works to quay wall including deck repair at corner. Safety signage.

7,500

 

Warren’s Boathouse Pier

Upgrade steps and install handrails. New concrete deck to pier and slipway. Upgrade and replace timber ladders. Provide mooring rings, bollards and toe-rails. Safety signage.

52,500

 

Total Cork

394,500

Donegal County Council

Leenan Slipway

Construction of a new 8m wide slipway for taking up boats for safe storage in bad weather.

150,000

Greencastle Pier

Pile Repairs - Engage a diving contractor to reinforce the existing piles by welding steel plates of similar profile to them.

90,000

 

Malinbeg Slipway Winch

Replace the existing electric winch with an electro-hydraulic winch.

22,500

 

Ballyederlan Pier

Provide lighting, slipway decking, signage and safety railings.

18,000

Carrickarory

Provide vertical D fenders at the head of the pier as well as repair/replace ladders, repair the electrical installation (power outlet) and provide signage. Repair and rebuild the existing pier wall.

45,000

Port Inver (Aid to Navigation)

Provide a Port Hand buoy and navigation light as well as safety signage at the pier.

12,000

Nead na Gé

Re-deck the slipway, provide signage and provide public lighting.

22,500

Entrance to Kincasslagh (Aid to Navigation)

Provide a new Starboard beacon and navigation light as well as safety signage. Replace corroded ladders on Turk Rock, Leac na bhFear and Aileen Reef.

24,000

Cruit Lower

Repair the slipway, replace existing ladders, provide hand railing, signage and improve general safety.

22,500

Donegal Town (Aids to Navigation)

Replace 8 No. buoys with new lights to improve safety of navigation to the town pier.

18,000

Mullinasole

Provide new hybrid lighting at the head of the pier.

9,000

Total Donegal

433,500

Fingal

County Council

Balbriggan Harbour

Provision of services supply points (water and electricity) on Northern side of the harbour and associated connections.

67,500

Loughshinny Harbour

Reconditioning and re-strengthening of pavement and sea wall.

67,500

Loughshinny Harbour

Replacement and installation of new ladders, guardrails and associated ancillary works to the South Pier.

15,000

Rush Harbour

Lift and relay and re-secure a section of original stones to the slipway serving the northern section of Rush Harbour.

7,500

 

Total Fingal

157,500

Kerry County Council

Tarbert Pier

Further strengthening and underpinning to quay wall together with alignment of stone to face of wall. Precast panel placement and grouting of voids.

150,000

 

Glen Pier, Ballinskelligs

Structural repairs to pier - replace steps and filling of voids.

45,000

 

Ventry Pier

Construct concrete steps.

56,250

 

Total Kerry

251,250

 

 

Mayo County Council

 

Roonagh

 

Provision of new crane. Safety improvement works.

 

150,000

 

 

Killala

Construction of equipped hardstand area to facilitate boat repairs/ storage/ waste management. Maintenance cleaning of silt from berthage /docking area. Safety works to steps, railings etc.

150,000

 

Blacksod

Provision of new crane. Safety improvement works at Blacksod Pier.

112,500

 

Ballina Harbour

Further repairs to harbour deck and provision of safe access to harbour area. Improve, upgrade and replace Aids to Navigation on River Moy approach channel.

112,500

 

Total Mayo

525,000

Sligo County Council

Easkey Pier

Major repairs to structure including repairs to deck at head of pier; repairs to spalling at rear of pier; repair spalling and scouring to pier adjacent to slipway; and spalling to top of pier wall.

84,000

Aughris Pier

Major repairs to structure including head of pier due to scouring and spalling; and rear wall due to spalling and cracking.

67,500

Milk Harbour

Major repairs to structure including repairs to harbour walls and refurbishment to deck.

15,000

 

Total Sligo

166,500

Waterford County Council

Tramore North Pier

Remediation works to wall of seaward side of the southern pier wall, casting a new RC wall to the exposed face together with foundation and scour protection involving RC concrete works.

150,000

Helvick Pier

Construct concrete slab on shorter pier wall, carry out repairs to pier wall & grout areas as necessary at Helvick Harbour.

150,000

Boatstrand Pier

Final phase with strengthening works to the main east pier. Completion of the facing of the outer length of the south east face of the main pier.

120,000

 

Youghal Bridge / Ticknock Pier

The existing ladder access at this pier requires replacement.

15,000

 

Total Waterford

435,000

 

 

 

Wexford County Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slade Harbour

Essential structural repairs to harbour walls and slipway. Health & Safety works.

71,250

Kilmore Quay

Capital dredging works at harbour approach channel.

150,000

Kilmore Quay

Upgrade of power points.

60,000

Kilmore Quay

West harbour wall - Fendering and repairs to wall.

75,000

New Ross Marina

Upgrade marina

22,500

Kilmore Quay Marina

Upgrade marina

22,500

Fethard Harbour

Access improvements, Health & Safety works.

11,250

Courtown Harbour

Provide barrier system on slipway

7,500

 

Total Wexford

420,000

Wicklow County Council

North and South Piers, Arklow

Installation of new LED sectored light with a range of 9 miles on the North Pier. Installation of Solar Marine Grade 15 Watt lights along the North Pier. Installation on the South Pier of an MSM sectored LED lighting and associated cabling.

45,000

Packet Pier, Wicklow

Supply and installation of a new heavy duty 50 tonne mooring bollard. In addition three 7.5/10 tonne mooring bollards to be installed at locations on the Packet Pier.

52,500

North & South Quay, Wicklow

Upgrading of existing and installation of new ladders with handrails along the North and South Quay.

33,750

East Pier, Wicklow

Minor improvement works at East Pier to include: Installation of vertical rubber fenders; Installation of LED lighting; Replacement of damaged railings and installation of new railing at certain points; Provision of power and water points; Improvements to steps leading to water at top of Packet Pier and lifeboat end; Installation of 3 No. new ladders; Installation of 2 to 3 small bollards between existing bollards to increase capacity/ reduce crossover.

61,875

Wicklow & Arklow Harbour

Erection of Safety Signage around the harbours and piers.

22,500

 

Total Wicklow

215,625

 

TOTAL GRANT AID APPROVED

3,136,875

Published in Coastal Notes
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Ports in Northern Ireland with physical posts are set for funding ahead of the UK’s exit from the EU, a Stormont committee has been told.

According to the Press Association, Junior Minister Declan Kearney told the committee that the Executive had been given a briefing by officials on Monday on the latest stage of Brexit negotiations between the UK government and the EU.

He went on to say that the London government has “confirmed that it will urgently put in place detailed plans with the Executive, which does include the physical posts at ports of entry”.

Northern Ireland is set to continue to follow EU single market rules on agricultural and manufactured goods after Brexit, while the rest of the UK will stop following these rules at the end of 2020.

“They have signalled that in order to implement the protocol for January 1 in a way that we all want which is of course is to avoid disruption to trade,” Mr Kearney told the committee.

“Delivery on that infrastructure needs to start as soon as possible, and the British government has indicated that it will provide advice on the requirements and the funding to put that in place.”

For further reading BreakingNews reports here.

Published in Ports & Shipping

Three wildlife trusts in the north-east of England have been boosted with a £300,000 (€345,000) award from a major grantmaking charity for efforts to protect marine wildlife and habitats in the Irish Sea.

As the Chester Standard reports, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has given the five-year grant to fund staff carrying out marine policy work and promotion in the north-west region and the wider Irish Sea.

“The funding will enable us to continue our work to protect and lobby for Marine Protected Areas as well as raise awareness about issues affecting our marine life and champion the sustainable management of our seas,” said Martin Varley, operations director with the Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

The grant will also support collaborative work with fellow wildlife trusts in Lancashire and Cumbria, which have already secured public and political support for the designation of 10 Marine Conservation Zones in the Irish Sea.

The Cheshire Standard has much more on the story HERE.

Published in Marine Wildlife

Funding of around €400,000 from the Government has been allocated towards maintenance works on the Dunbrody Famine Ship over recent years.

The funding, according to the New Ross Standard, has been used to carry out essential works to the tallship (barque) vessel, including painting, waterproofing and the instalment of a lift.

Minister of State Michael D'Arcy Jnr said: 'The ship has a high level of maintenance work which has to be done. At a particular point we gave a commitment of €400,000 in funding.'

The barque went into dry dock at New Ross Boat Yard in January 2017 for several weeks and substantial repair and improvement works were carried out. She will once again go into dry dock in early 2021 for further works. Mr D'Arcy said the ship has been greatly improved over the past two years. A survey of the rigging will take place in early February, with specialists arriving from Cork at New Ross Boat Yard to carry out the job.

Mr D'Arcy was highly complimentary of the work of Dunbrody staff. 'This is one of the major tourism projects, not just in Wexford, but in Leinster and Ireland. My view on this is that the tourist projects like this need to cluster with other projects like Hook Lighthouse and the Irish National Heritage Park. There are very few projects in any other county that are as close to each other.'

The newspaper has more here on the story. 

Published in Tall Ships

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has opened a new funding round available to community groups and angling clubs across the country.

The funding will be awarded to fisheries conservation projects and development projects with over €1.3 million announced yesterday (Thursday 16 January).

Applications are invited from angling clubs, local development associations, tidy towns and others who may be looking to carry out relevant projects.

The 2020 funding call consists of three schemes:

  • The Capital Grants Scheme 2020 (€240,000): This scheme supports projects which will help deliver an accessible and sustainable fisheries resource for all. It is aimed specifically at capital projects which will improve angling access and infrastructure (eg accessible fishing stands, walkways, etc).
  • The Midlands Fisheries Fund (€50,000): This scheme focuses on sustainable development works in the Midlands Fisheries Group permit area. The fund has been created through contributions from permit income received. Projects which will be eligible to receive support will improve fish habitats in a sustainable manner (eg river bank protection, control of exotic species, etc).
  • The Salmon and Sea Trout Rehabilitation, Conservation and Protection Fund (€1 million): The aim of this fund is to rehabilitate, protect and conserve salmon and sea trout and their habitats. This year, funding will be available for conservation projects only (eg fish passage improvement, spawning enhancement, etc).

IFI’s Suzanne Campion said: “We are committed to realising the potential of the fisheries resource from a social and economic perspective but also to protecting it for future generations to enjoy.

“Interested groups are invited to get in touch with us for further information with guidance available throughout the application process.”

For more information about the 2020 Funding Call, download the information booklet. To submit an expression of interest, visit the IFI website HERE.

All applicants must apply through an ‘Expression of Interest’ form to progress to full application. Full applications may be submitted until the closing date of Tuesday 25 February.

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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.

Dublin Bay FAQs

There are approximately ten beaches and bathing spots around Dublin Bay: Dollymount Strand; Forty Foot Bathing Place; Half Moon bathing spot; Merrion Strand; Bull Wall; Sandycove Beach; Sandymount Strand; Seapoint; Shelley Banks; Sutton, Burrow Beach

There are slipways on the north side of Dublin Bay at Clontarf, Sutton and on the southside at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, and in Dalkey at Coliemore and Bulloch Harbours.

Dublin Bay is administered by a number of Government Departments, three local authorities and several statutory agencies. Dublin Port Company is in charge of navigation on the Bay.

Dublin Bay is approximately 70 sq kilometres or 7,000 hectares. The Bay is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and seven km in length east-west to its peak at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the southside of the Bay has an East and West Pier, each one kilometre long; this is one of the largest human-made harbours in the world. There also piers or walls at the entrance to the River Liffey at Dublin city known as the Great North and South Walls. Other harbours on the Bay include Bulloch Harbour and Coliemore Harbours both at Dalkey.

There are two marinas on Dublin Bay. Ireland's largest marina with over 800 berths is on the southern shore at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The other is at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club on the River Liffey close to Dublin City.

Car and passenger Ferries operate from Dublin Port to the UK, Isle of Man and France. A passenger ferry operates from Dun Laoghaire Harbour to Howth as well as providing tourist voyages around the bay.

Dublin Bay has two Islands. Bull Island at Clontarf and Dalkey Island on the southern shore of the Bay.

The River Liffey flows through Dublin city and into the Bay. Its tributaries include the River Dodder, the River Poddle and the River Camac.

Dollymount, Burrow and Seapoint beaches

Approximately 1,500 boats from small dinghies to motorboats to ocean-going yachts. The vast majority, over 1,000, are moored at Dun Laoghaire Harbour which is Ireland's boating capital.

In 1981, UNESCO recognised the importance of Dublin Bay by designating North Bull Island as a Biosphere because of its rare and internationally important habitats and species of wildlife. To support sustainable development, UNESCO’s concept of a Biosphere has evolved to include not just areas of ecological value but also the areas around them and the communities that live and work within these areas. There have since been additional international and national designations, covering much of Dublin Bay, to ensure the protection of its water quality and biodiversity. To fulfil these broader management aims for the ecosystem, the Biosphere was expanded in 2015. The Biosphere now covers Dublin Bay, reflecting its significant environmental, economic, cultural and tourism importance, and extends to over 300km² to include the bay, the shore and nearby residential areas.

On the Southside at Dun Laoghaire, there is the National Yacht Club, Royal St. George Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club and Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club as well as Dublin Bay Sailing Club. In the city centre, there is Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club. On the Northside of Dublin, there is Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club and Sutton Dinghy Club. While not on Dublin Bay, Howth Yacht Club is the major north Dublin Sailing centre.

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