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Facing both ways…..the push-me-pull-you Dublin Bay excursion paddle steamer Erin’s King at the Customs House Quay in 1895. For 25 years, she’d been the Mersey Ferry Heather Belle
In recent years we’ve become accustomed to the handsome blue mini-cruise-liner St Bridget plying her day-excursion trade along the coasts around Dublin Bay between Dublin Port, Howth and Dun Laoghaire. She’s now a welcome and integral part of the summer…
Aware CEO Dominic Layden with Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland and Dublin Port CEO Eamonn O’Reilly at the launch of the mental health charity’s Harbour2Harbour walk, sponsored by Dublin Port
Aware, the national charity supporting people impacted by depression and bipolar disorder, has announced the live return of its annual Harbour2Harbour Walk. A popular and successful fundraising event for over 15 years, the walk takes place on St. Patrick’s Day…
Mark Sweetman's nesting dinghy under spritsail
In the latest Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Zoom talk Mark Sweetman will recount his search for a nesting dinghy design to suit his needs and how he ended up building one himself. For a long time, Mark wanted a hard tender…
The late Peter Gray of Dun Laoghaire (left) as President of the Irish Sailing Association in 1988, with Paddy O’Neill of Malahide, one of his Vice Presidents and a subsequent successor as President
The death of Peter Gray of Dun Laoghaire at the age of 86 has taken from among us a remarkable and multi-talented man who, in many ways, was the personification of maritime Dun Laoghaire and its interaction with Dublin Bay…
The now-modified 1948 Australian-built Dublin Bay 24 Wathara sailing in Sydney Harbour
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Dublin Bay sailors can walk very tall indeed. Their selections over the years of various One Design concepts have spread worldwide among discerning owners, who appreciated that the Dublin Bay sailors’…
The lifeboat launched at 10.10 ams to go to the assistance of a crew of five on a First 310 type yacht dismasted three-quarters of a mile east of Bulloch harbour.
In strong and gusty winds, Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI Lifeboat was called out to a dismasted yacht on Dublin Bay this morning.  The lifeboat launched at 10.10 am to go to the assistance of a crew of five on a First…
Part of the wall underneath the walkway fell into the sea at Dalkey's Coliemore Harbour in 2020
A Dun Laoghaire Senator has described this week's €35m Brexit Infrastructure Fund as an 'opportunity' for improvement of crumbling Dublin Bay Harbours. Senator Barry Ward tweeted that both Coliemore and Bulloch Harbours in Dalkey County Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Harbour were…
Classic renewed – the re-built Dublin Bay 21 Garavogue and her sister-ships are in line for a major award
Two classic designs with strong Dublin Bay links have been nominated for major prizes in the annual international Classic Boat Awards. Master boat-builder Steve Morris of Kilrush will of course be personally in line for the prize for his work…
Gaff rig leaders Stiofan O Laoire, Paul Keogh and Johnny Wedick in Poolbeg Y&BC. Paul Keogh was honoured by the international Old Gaffers Association at their AGM at the weekend with the prestigious Jolie Brise Trophy for his long years of dedicated service with the Clondalkin-built Galway Hooker Naomh Cronan
For many years until her transfer to Galway in 2021, the Clondalkin community-built Galway Hooker Naomh Cronan was a feature of sailing life in Dublin’s River Liffey at Poolbeg Y&BC in Ringsend, and she was a regular attendee at traditional…
The 5,210tdw feeder containership Anna G which was towed to Dun Laoghaire Harbour to facilitate engine repairs, has after seven weeks finally departed the south Dublin Bay port. The 101m vessel had eased off the Carlisle Pier by going astern and using a bow thruster (as above see wash on waterline) was also applied to swing further around to face the harbour mouth. The ship is bound for Felixstowe, the UK's largest container port.
A containership which was under tow from Carlingford Lough to Dun Laoghaire Harbour in mid-November finally departed yesterday following engine repairs that lasted much longer then expected, writes Jehan Ashmore. Anna G with a capacity for 515TEU containers departed on the…
The short service at the end of the East Pier commemorated all lives lost around our coasts and on inland waters in 2021
The annual Dun Laoghaire RNLI Christmas Eve ceremony was held this afternoon to honour the memory of 15 lifeboat volunteers who died on service 126 years ago. This year’s ceremony also marked the 200th anniversary of the death of four…
Containership Anna G is to remain in Dun Laoghaire Harbour beyond Christmas, as an engine part remains to be delivered to complete repairs. The tower, just to the left of the ship's superstructure (incl. bridge) is a feature of the former ferry terminal for Stena Line HSS fast-craft service to Holyhead which ended in 2014. In the foreground on Marine Road is the Town Hall and offices of the port's operator, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
A containership which was towed to Dun Laoghaire Harbour over a month ago for engine repairs and was expected to depart before Christmas, it now transpires is to remain in port just days before the New Year, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
In mid-Novermber, feeder containership Anna G was towed to Dun Laoghaire Harbour to undergo engine repairs is finally expected to depart before Christmas. Above on arrival, off the ship's bow is tug Mourne Venture while astern Giano assists at the stern when berthing at the port's St. Michaels Wharf.
It's more than a month ago when in Dun Laoghaire Harbour the towed containership Anna G arrived to the port to effect engine repairs, however the ship remains in port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 27 year old Anna G with…
Sutton Dinghy Club Commodore Ciara O'Tiarnaigh presents the Roy Dickson/Afloat award to Jim Lambkin
Jim Lambkin has been named Sutton Dinghy Club's Sailor of the Year. As well as Club Secretary, Lambkin also took on PRO roles for the SDC Regatta, the GP14 Autumn Open & Youth Championship, GP14 Frostbites, club racing. Lambkin was…
“Well lads, how’s the GDP going this week then?” The very special 1954-vintage George Bushe-built Crosshaven skiff Lorelei moves sweetly past the Central Bank on Dublin’s River Liffey, rowed by the Stella Maris club of Ringsend in last weekend’s All In A Row Charity Challenge
When we revealed the background to the Crosshaven-built George Bushe rowing skiff Lorelei of 1954 vintage, many sailors of traditional outlook could have been forgiven for reckoning this innovative craft would still stand out as decidedly unusual in any gathering…
Dublin Bay as seen from Dun Laoghaire town centre
A new bill proposes establishing a dedicated statutory authority for the conservation of Dublin Bay, as the Dublin People reports. The bill has been introduced to the Dáil by Dublin Bay South TD Ivana Bacik, who said: “We need to…

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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