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Windless Water Wags in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
What a shame! The Water Wags, the largest one-design fleet in Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay have lost three out of their last five races, due to inclement weather. On 23 May the problem was, that the valiant Race Officers could…
Young anti-litter campaigner Flossie Donnelly’s hard work has paid off
#Seabin - Young coastal litter crusader Flossie Donnelly is celebrating the installation of Dun Laoghaire Harbour’s first Seabin after a successful fundraising campaign. The 11-year-old was on hand at noon today (Tuesday 22 May) to see the first of two…
The Class One XP 33 Bon Exemple from the Royal Irish Yacht Club is one of the cruiser type yachts that qualifies to race in the DMYC's King of the Bay Coastal Race on June 9
June is Dun Laoghaire Waterfront Regatta season for the town's four yacht clubs and the DMYC, who is first up, has launched its regatta with the opening of an online entry system. The DMYC, based at the town's West Pier,…
Two Days Till Red Bull Flugtag Returns To Dun Laoghaire
#Flugtag - The long-awaited return of the Red Bull Flugtag to Dun Laoghaire Harbour is just two days away. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the event this Sunday 20 May will see over 50 teams attempt to push the limits…
A new Irish Sailing 'Performance Headquarters' (areas in blue) is to be located in the Commissioners of Irish Lights, Dun Laoghaire
Irish Sailing has announced plans for a new €300k 'Performance Headquarters', funded entirely by the Irish Sailing Foundation and located on the grounds of the Commissioners of Irish Lights, Dun Laoghaire. As reported in this morning's Irish Times Sailing Column here,…
Deeper Water Dumping Might Be Solution To Dublin Bay Dredging Issues Says Diver
#DublinBay - The dumping of sewage sludge in deeper waters beyond the Kish Bank “might well serve as a model” for the current dredging of Dublin Port. In a letter to The Irish Times earlier this week, Cormac F Lowth,…
Cunard Lines flagship, Queen Mary 2 (QM2) has recently completed a World Cruise and is seen alongside Ocean Terminal, Southampton, the liner's homeport. Afloat adds that QM2 which asides trans-Atlantic 'liner' duties is among numerous callers that embark passengers on cruises to Irish ports (in recent years anchorage calls off Dun Laoghaire Harbour) and around the UK and beyond.
#CruiseLiners - The UK's main cruiseport Associated British Ports (ABP) Southampton, annually handles 1.7m passengers, has completed a major milestone in a programme to invest more than £1 million in solar energy on ABP-owned buildings. According to ABP Ports, this…
Fine Gael Group Leader, Councillor Barry Ward. A group letter from DLR Councillors says “such a move will mean your own constituents will see reductions in the Council’s provision of public facilities such as parks, libraries, sports pitches, road, footpaths, lighting, and a range of other things that we currently provide for the businesses and residents of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.”
Councillors on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council have unanimously agreed to send a highly critical letter to Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, taking him to task over his attitude to the transfer of Dún Laoghaire harbour to the Council. Download…
A 2013 aerial image looking northwards from Dun Laoghaire Harbour out into Dublin Bay and beyond
Local yacht clubs, marine businesses and sailing schools were among the attendees of the first ever meeting of Dun Laoghaire Harbour tenants and stakeholders that took place at Ireland's largest boating centre last week. A draft agenda, seen by Afloat.ie,…
The Water Wag season Started in Dun Laoghaire Harbour with a bang last Wednesday
The Water Wag season Started in Dun Laoghaire Harbour with a bang on Wednesday last, with a fleet of 22 Water Wags coming to the start line, making it the strongest dinghy class within Dublin Bay Sailing Club. The wind…
Dredging works to deepen channels for larger cargo and cruise vessels started last autumn
#DublinBay - Murky seawater in Dublin Bay should not be blamed on dredging, according to Dublin Port Company’s CEO. Earlier this week, it emerged that all planned diving excursions in Dublin Bay by Irish Underwater Council members had been cancelled…
The location of the proposed coach park at the former fastferry (HSS Stena Explorer as above) terminal in Dún Laoghaire Harbour.
#DublinBay -  A transport company based in the UK reports The Times, is involved in a planning row over the proposed use of the former ferry terminal in Dún Laoghaire Harbour as a coach park. Go-Ahead, which recently secured contracts…
Dolphins playing inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour. It does the heart good
The National Yacht Club's Mal Nowlan couldn't believe his eyes on Saturday afternoon when a pod of dolphins came into the harbour to play around his boat. 'I was calibrating my RIB’s compass when DBSC’s Committee Boat 'Freebird' came into the harbour…
Dublin Port ahead of deepwater channel dredging operations that began late last year
#DublinBay - All planned diving expeditions in Dublin Bay have been cancelled due to silt from dredging operations clouding the water, it has been claimed. The Irish Times reports that Irish Underwater Council members have abandoned all scheduled dives, as…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
#DLHarbour - Solicitors for Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company called for the retraction of “damaging and disparaging statements” made at a council meeting on the transfer of the port to local authority control, it has emerged. According to today’s Sunday Times (6 May), the…
Not the Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead ferry but the 'Howth' Ferry operated by Dublin Bay Cruise excursion vessel St. Bridget (as depicted on the advert) displayed at the beginning of the East Pier, Dun Laoghaire Harbour. In the background is docked the imposing presence of Stena Carrier, the largest ever ro-ro (freight-only ferry) ship to enter the south Dublin Bay harbour. On the left is the National Yacht Club, one of four yachts clubs situated between the East and West Piers of the harbour which last year marked a bi-centenary when construction began in 1817 on the south Dublin Bay 'asylum' harbour.
#DublinBay - As Afloat previously reported the recent arrival of Stena Carrier to Dun Laoghaire Harbour was a surprise to many an onlooker as the imposing vessel towered above Carlisle Pier, writes Jehan Ashmore. Stena Carrier is the largest ever…

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