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Storm Barra disrupted the arrival of Stena Estrid which was scheduled to enter Dublin Port at around 12 noon but it wasn't to be until tugs assisted a few hours later. Above is the Stena leadship E-Flexer class ferry departing Holyhead on its maiden crossing which took place during Storm Brendan back in January 2020.
As Afloat reported this afternoon the impact of Storm Barra on shipping included Stena Estrid which finally entered Dublin Port albeit some 3 and a 1/2 hours late, ironically the same time it takes to sail from Holyhead, writes Jehan…
Storm Barra has affected shipping in Dublin Port leading to ferries, both passenger and freight requiring tug assistance.  In addition another ferry, Stena Estrid which at time of writing has been riding out the storm since arrival in Dublin Bay at noon and is according to the Dublin Port website, expected to arrive this afternoon at 14.45hrs. The ferry had been offshore of Greystones and turned around to pass Dalkey as Afloat observed when off The Muglins lighthouse at 1400hrs.
As Storm Barra struck Dublin Bay this morning at around 0530hrs, bringing severe and damaging wind gusts as Met Eireann forecast along with issuing a Status Orange warning, a ferry in the capital port would just a few hours later…
Murder, Mutiny & The Muglins: The new book by Des Burke Kennedy is available now
Mysterious maritime events that happened on Dublin Bay exactly 256 years ago are recounted for the first time in a new book about an extraordinary seafarer, Captain George Glass and his brave wife. The saga involves piracy, mutiny, and murder…
Ship Calls: Emergency Response & Rescue Vessel (ERRV) Vos Endurance (foreground) made a fleeting call to Dun Laoghaire Harbour that lasted only several hours. Whereas the towed containership, Anna G which arrived more than a fortnight ago continues to remain in port.
Dun Laoghaire Habour received another call by an Emergency Response & Rescue Vessel (ERRV) albeit for a brief period which took place almost a week ago, writes Jehan Ashmore. The red-hulled ERRV named Vos Endurance had arrived on Wednesday morning, having…
All In A Row 2021 - Forty skiffs, kayaks, canoes and currachs will all be on the water
‘All In A Row 2021’ is coming back to the capital’s River Liffey on Saturday 11th December with a rowing challenge for the teams to smash a 1,000km target in eight hours. Forty skiffs, kayaks, canoes and currachs will all…
A J/109 Turkey Shoot leader is being chased by former series double winner Mermaid V, a First 50, (above) from the Royal Irish Yacht Club
Storm Arwen's strong north westerlies are due to abate in time for Sunday's fourth race of the AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay. As the winter yacht racing series passes its halfway stage, the J109 Dear Prudence leads…
A file photo of the 2017 Turkey Shoot regular Dear Prudence. The J/109 is leading overall in the 2021 DBSC Series
The J/109 Dear Prudence is the overall leader of the mixed cruiser DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay after three of seven races sailed.  The 1720 sportsboat 'What did you Break?' that led until race two is now in…
The second race of the 2021 AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay
After a great turnout for the second race last Sunday, the 75-boat AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series looks set for more breeze on Dublin Bay for race three this weekend. The combined fleet of 75 will again have a five start lineup this weekend.…
On the horizon. Launching the 3FM Project, the third and final Masterplan project to bring Dublin Port to its ultimate capacity by 2040 by developing port lands on the Poolbeg Peninsula, is Dublin Port Company Chief Executive, Eamonn O’Reilly onboard the DPC pilot vessel Tolka
Dublin Port Company (DPC) has today launched the 3FM Project, the third and final Masterplan project needed to complete the development of Dublin Port and bring it to its ultimate and final capacity by 2040. The 3FM Project will deliver…
A file photo of the 2017 Turkey Shoot regular 1720 competitor Optique (right). The sportsboat is currently lying third overall in the 2021 DBSC Series
The 1720 sportsboat 'What did you Break?' is the overall leader of the mixed cruiser DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay after two of seven races sailed.  Download results below as a pdf file. Second is the former GBR…
Containership Anna G is towed by a pair of tugs when arriving in Dublin Bay yesterday following a passage from Warrenpoint, Carlingford Lough to Dun Laoghaire Harbour.  Note ahead of Mourne Venture off the bow, a Dublin Port pilot cutter.
An ususal sight took place in Dublin Bay, as a containership under tow by a pair of tugs arrived into Dun Laoghaire Harbour yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The feeder containership Anna G was observed by Afloat off the Howth Peninsula…
Race one winner J/109 Joker II leading the 70-boat DBSC Turkey Shoot on Sunday
It was J/109s all the way on Sunday in the first round the cans race of the AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot with John Maybury's Joker II taking the first gun on modified ECHO. The sistership Dear Prudence was second and the 1720 sportsboat…
Dublin Bay sea swimmers
The life and times of Dublin Bay and glimpses of its wildlife against the backdrop of the capital and major port is the theme of a new series beginning on TG4 this week. Filmed over four seasons, An Cuan is…
John Maybury's National Championship winning J109 Joker II is one of five J109s entered for the DBSC AIB Turkey Shoot starting on Dublin Bay this Sunday morning
The normal four-start race sequence will be expanded to five for this Sunday's first race of the impressive 70-boat fleet in the AIB-sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay. The 2021 entry of several 40-foot and above entries (including the…
An investigation into an incident where a party of 15 kayakers encountered difficulties during a round trip from Bulloch harbour to Dalkey island on Dublin Bay last September has found that “disregard for Met Éireann forecasts” contributed to a decision…
The late Carmel Winkelmann with Olympians Finn Lynch and Silver Medallist Annalise Murphy
For sixty years and more, Carmel Winkelmann was a force of nature and a power for the good in sailing in Ireland, especially in Dublin Bay. While she gave generously of her time in all areas of interest, her speciality…

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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