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Anglers perched on the rocks on the Dalkey coastline
For the second weekend running in August, anglers on the south shore of Dublin Bay have been taking a bountiful supply of mackerel on feathers, especially on the southern tip of the Bay at Dalkey Island where shoals of sprat…
What a Lump - On the dock at Dun Laoghaire Marina
Normally found in the cold waters of the Arctic, North Atlantic, and North Pacific ocean, this unusual-looking lumpsucker fish was discovered on the dock at Dun Laoghaire Marina on Dublin Bay this morning. "The Icelandic fish them for their eggs,…
Competitors in a previous Dun Laoghaire Harbour Swim
The 90th edition of the annual Dun Laoghaire Harbour Swim is scheduled for the morning of Sunday 16 August. The National Yacht Club’s notice requests that all harbour users keep clear of the swimmers on the day — this includes…
Stella a former Dutch canal-cargo barge in this file photo when initially the vessel was berthed at the pierhead of the Old Pier (dating to 1767) which as the name suggests is Dun Laoghaire Harbour's oldest. The barge subsequently was relocated to the adjacent Coal Harbour. Take a closer look above the West Pier were the funnel and upper superstructure of a Seatruck Ferries 'P' class ro-ro freighter is seen underway having departed neighbouring Dublin Port and when bound to Britain, either Heysham or Liverpool.
During a self-imposed 'semi' day-off which took place on this day last week, several small 'motor'-powered vessels were observed during a brief visit to the marina in Dun Laoghaire Harbour and environs, writes Jehan Ashmore. It was in Dun Laoghaire…
Developers Bartra Property Group proposed to build three 3-story luxury villas and two apartments as well as a cafe on the site at Bulloch Harbour (above) in AFLOAT's file photo is a closer-up view compared to Dublin Live's coverage. On right colourful timber-built fishing related huts and the former boat-hoist crane since dismantled. In the background TUI Cruises Mein Schiff 1 while at anchor off Dun Laoghaire Harbour which was scheduled this year to receive a record 22 calls but due to Covid-19 fallout, only two cruiseship calls are expected this season.
In south Dublin Bay campaigners against a luxury development at Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey have been celebrating after planning permission for the controversial coastal mansions was quashed last week. An Bord Pleanala has conceded the judicial review brought by the association,…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI Assist Three People on a 35ft Yacht off Dublin Bay
At 10:21 am today (Saturday 18 July), Dublin Coast Guard requested Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI to assist three people on board a 35ft yacht which had its propeller fouled approximately two miles of the Dublin coast. The all-weather lifeboat was…
More Time To Fly Your Flag At Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dun Laoghaire’s local authority has extended the deadline to take part in its summer flag-making initiative. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, locals of all ages are invited tell their own Covid-19 story with a flag of their own making. Submitted…
Coastguard and lifeboat crews attending the scene at the Forty Foot yesterday
Dun Laoghaire’s coastguard unit was tasked yesterday (Sunday 12 July) to assist paramedics with a casualty who had fallen down steps at the Forty Foot bathing spot. Dun Laoghaire RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was also in attendance at the scene, where…
Busy times in the great days of sail at the entrance to Dun Laoghaire (Kingstown) Harbour in a fresh to strong east sou’east wind, as painted by Admiral Richard Brydges Beechey, with a working cutter towing a hobblers’ boat entering as two yachts leave, while a stately naval man o’ war comes down the harbour, setting sail as she goes.
Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association invites you to join their next Zoom session on Historic Dublin Bay Gaff Rigged Vessels from Maritime Paintings and Photographs, which will be given by Cormac Lowth on Thursday 16th July. Dublin’s leading maritime historian…
Dun Laoghaire Baths project in Scotsman's Bay
Shoreward photography taken at the weekend of the new Dun Laoghaire Baths shows that significant progress has been made in all areas of but overall progress is slower than anticipated meaning the project that began two years ago will not…
A Red Bull heart captured over Dun Laoghaire Marina was  a tribute to pandemic front line staff
A 'Red Bull' tribute to Front Line COVID-19 pandemic staff took place over Dublin Bay this afternoon leaving massive heart shapes in the sky over Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The Red Bull Flyover Project was originally planned for the Bay at…
35 years later: (from left) Michael Cotter deploys a two metre paddle to belatedly present prizes to John Kidney, Dan O’Connor and Ailbe Millerick (representing the Grays) for the 1985 Dragon East Coast Championships held in COVID times this week
During a “COVID 19” garage clean out recently, a box of unclaimed prizes was found for the Irish Dragon keelboat class. These, according to the inscriptions thereon, were to be awarded at the prize-giving for the East Coast Dragon Championships…
DBSC Laser dinghy racing moves inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour this season
As was announced today, the Dublin Bay Sailing Club has taken the extraordinary decision to shift dinghy racing to inside Dun Laoghaire harbour DBSC writes Laser Class Captain Gavan Murphy. However, these are extraordinary times we live in and require…
Johanna Murphy of Cobh, Commodore of the South Coast Offshore Racing Association, is also a Committee Member of of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association
Some offshore racing enthusiasts may have been hoping that the historic re-enactment of the “Kingstown to Queenstown" Race of 1860 – the first proper offshore event in Irish and British waters – might still have been staged in some very…
The revived Dublin Bay 21 Class will remain true to their original colours, but their order of restoration is non-numerical, as Number 6 – Naneen, centre - has been the first to sail again, as she was the only one to be built in Dun Laoghaire
The complex project of restoring the Alfred Mylne-designed Dublin Bay 21 class – which first raced in 1903 and ceased racing in 1986 – has been in hiatus during the Lockdown. But now Hal Sisk and Fionan de Barra have…
A J109 yacht rounds DBSC Race mark on Dublin Bay
Dublin Bay Sailing Club Club (DBSC) has laid some of its race marks on Dublin Bay in anticipation of the Summer Series getting underway next month. As Afloat previously reported, DBSC aims to race from July 20th. Outer guard marks…

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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