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Harbour porpoise like this one in Denmark have been protected by a Special Area of Conservation across Dublin Bay since 2013
#MarineWildlife - This weekend Dublin Port is deploying data buoys in Dublin Bay to monitor marine wildlife activity during the controversial dredging works at Alexandra Basin. According to The Irish Times, the four boys will provide live data on any…
On the left is Dublin Port's Alexandra Basin (under redevelopment to cater for larger and deeper draft cargoships). On the right is the adjacent Alexandra Basin East. It’s estimated there are around 300 porpoises in Dublin Bay.
#marinewildlife - Concerns have been voiced by campaigners about the safety of the Dublin Bay porpoise as Dublin Port commences dredging. The Journai.ie writes that the Dublin Port Company (DPC) plan to remove up to a million tonnes of material…
National Yacht Club WOWI sailors competed in the club's 'End of Season' race in September
Gail MacAllister, Irish Sailing’s Regional Development Officer and Co-ordinator for the Women on the Water Ireland (WOWI) programme talks to Helen Cooney about how the programme is run at the National Yacht Club. Irish Sailing launched the WOWI programme in 2011…
The impressive 150–foot Latitude motoryacht arrived into Dun Laoghaire marina via the northwest passage, Greenland and Iceland in 2015. It is so far the largest super yacht to berth at the town marina. Far bigger craft are looking to berth at Dun Laoghaire and represent a new market for the vacant harbour
#Superyachts - All indications show the superyacht market is turning around — and as it expands, it’s important to note that more and more of these vessels are eschewing crowded Mediterranean spots and cruising instead in Northern European waters. Typically these luxury craft,…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour's moorings require a new foreshore licence
#DunLaoghaire - Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company has applied for a foreshore licence for the continued provision and maintenance of the existing moorings within the harbour. The 10-year licence is intended to renew the previous decade-long foreshore lease, which has since…
The twin uptakes or funnels of Naval Service flagship LÉ Eithne alongside St. Michael's Wharf. It is from here at the disused ferry terminal can be seen the two support pillars of the passenger gangway to connect the fastcraft HSS Stena Explorer that ceased sailings to Holyhead in September 2014. Directly behind are the pair of redundant chimney stacks of the former ESB Power Station at Poolbeg Peninula in Dublin Port.
#SpecialRelationships - A pair of ships directly associated with Dun Laoghaire Harbour and that are both currently docked in the port is not often an occurance, writes Jehan Ashmore. The presence of these ships within the harbour arms is noted,…
18 teams took part in the third Elmo Trophy event, with most of the top youth sailors in Ireland competing. Perfect conditions for team racing on Saturday saw 81 races sailed
Royal Cork Yacht Club's Durcan brothers, Harry and Johnny, along with Atlee Kohl, James McCann and Emily Cullen and Ciara Little from the RStGYC emerged as winners of the third Elmo Team Racing Trophy youth team racing competition, sailed in…
An artist’s impression of the proposed development, which would be adjacent to the Quay Fish Shop
#Property - Plans for “a cluster of floating affordable homes” in Dun Laoghaire could soon transform the look of the South Dublin port’s waterfront. The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company is seeking expressions of interest via the State’s eTenders website for…
Making history. David & Sally MacFarlane sailing the 107-year-old Moosmie on their way to winning the first Water Wag race with a fleet of more than thirty boats, with Dun Laoghaire Harbour’s wonderful stonework looking its classic best
The rapidly-developing partnership between solo offshore veteran Alex Thomson and proven star of fully-crewed boats Nin O’Leary of Cork has been the focus of much attention this week as they visit Cork and Dun Laoghaire. Thomson’s eye-catching IMOCA 60 Hugo…
Cruiser racers will round the Kish Bank Lighthouse on Sunday 24 September
#KishRace - The Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club has announced details of its annual Kish Race for 2017. This year’s race in Dublin Bay to and from the Kish Bank Lighthouse offshore will be held on Sunday 24 September. As…
A feature of the Greystones event is that it is run both on IRC/Standard ECHO and current ECHO
East Coast sailing fans are expecting a big weekend for the 'Taste of Greystones' Regatta this Sunday and, as the name suggests, Greystones Regatta in County Wicklow is about a night–out followed by a morning's racing. 'The night out is…
One of three Viking longships prepares to invade Dun Laoghaire Harbour yesterday
Out of the mist and rain came waterborne Vikings to battle on Dun Laoghaire's East Pier yesterday afternoon. The Irish National Sailing School (INSS) co-ordinated a free and family–friendly event that featured battles, longboats and a Viking village from 12-5pm. Like…
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…
Optimist sailors from across Ireland– and the UK– have gathered at the RIYC for the National Championships on Dublin Bay
Howth Yacht Club's Hugh Turvey has taken an early lead at the Optimist National Championships on Dublin Bay. The fourteen–year–old has worked out a decent margin in light winds after only two races sailed at the Royal Irish Yacht Club.…
The Dunleary is back home 80 years after moving across the Irish Sea for lifesaving service in Lancashire
#Lifeboats - A lifeboat once stationed in Dun Laoghaire almost a century ago has returned to the harbour thanks to the efforts of a local restoration group. The Dunleary was secured in the Coal Harbour yesterday (Tuesday 15 August) after…
The original 1903-built schooner Atlantic, one of the most admired vessels of her era
In 1905, legendary Scottish-American skipper Charlie Barr – renowned for his many successful defences of the America’s Cup on behalf of his adopted home of the United States – was challenged to establish a Transatlantic sailing record from Sandy Hook…

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