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#DublinBay - Works on the redeveloped Dun Laoghaire Baths project at Newtownsmith reached a significant milestone given the arrival this morning by sea of the first load of rock armour to protect a newly built jetty, writes Jehan Ashmore. As…
Bulloch Harbour in Dalkey, marks a Bicentenary this year since construction began in 1818 by the Ballast Board (now Dublin Port Company) and to celebrate a series of talks will be held in the Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre. Sadly the harbour hewn out of local granite suffered structural damage, not from the recent ravages of Storm Diana, but mostly attributed to Storm Emma in March. The area is unsafe for public use and access according to DPC which issued on Thursday an updated Notice to Mariners No. 31 (see below). Fortunately, repair works began last month involving lifting of tonnes of displaced granite blocks onto the main pier breakwater where works will continue to January 2019. Afloat highlights the area has been cordoned off on this breakwater, battered the most given the exposure of Dublin Bay.
#Bullock200 - The scenic south Dublin Bay harbour at Bulloch, Dalkey, is where construction on the stone-cut structure began in the winter 1818/19 and to celebrate the 200th anniversary a series of talks as Afloat previously highlighted will continue to…
A Royal St.George Yacht Club 1720 competing in the DBSC Turkey Shoot
Handicaps and starts for next Sunday have been issued by DBSC Turkey Shoot organisers. The seven-race series sponsored by Citroen South Dublin heads into its fifth race with J109s firmly in the lead and taking the top three places overall in the…
#Bullock200 - While taking a stroll at Bullock Harbour on Dublin Bay, a poster erected next to the former premises of Western Marine, highlights a lecture series celebrating the bicentenary of the landmark gem neighbouring Dalkey, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
A view beyond the marina of the formerly operational ferry terminal at Dun Laoghaire Harbour before passenger infrastructure was removed
Speculation that a ferry service could return to Dun Laoghaire has reached fever pitch with the news that a British company has put in a bid to operate from the St Michael’s Pier terminal. According to The Times, the Liverpool…
Dun Laoghaire's former ferry terminal on St Michael's Pier
The developer behind scrapped plans for the Harbour Innovation Campus in Dun Laoghaire is taking legal action against a tech investor, as The Sunday Times reports. Philip Gannon filed a High Court case last Wednesday (14 November) against Ian Lucey…
The new jetty pictured here in the foreground is partially constructed at the Old Baths site at Dun Laoghaire
As sea works continue apace at the old Baths site at Dun Laoghaire, the new jetty to provide access to the water’s edge for swimmers and landing points for kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards is clearly taking shape on the South…
Dun Laoghaire's RNLI inshore lifeboat was called out to a swimmer on Dublin Bay today. Lifeboat cre onboard were (left to right) Damien Payne, Laura Jackson and PJ Gallagher
Dun Laoghaire's RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked to a swimmer this morning by Dublin Coastguard in choppy conditions on Dublin Bay. Launching into rough conditions on Scotsman's Bay, the small D class boat, with three RNLI lifeboat crew onboard, made its way to…
#DublinBay - Two bulk-carriers currently anchored off Bulloch Harbour in Dublin Bay, one from South America, the other from mainland Europe, both await docking in the capital's port, but exactly at the same basin berth, writes Jehan Ashmore. The larger…
Safety Advisory For Swimmers Over Plastic Pollution At Forty Foot
#Safety - Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has posted a safety advisory for swimmers in Dun Laoghaire over an incident of plastic pollution between the West Pier and the Forty Foot. According to the local authority, “small strips of plastic” that…
The Sellafield plant in Cumbria
BBC News reports that The UK government must "get a grip" on spiralling costs and project delays that have plagued the Sellafield nuclear site, located on the far side of the Irish Sea on the Cumbrian coast, approximately 170 km (112…
Flossie Donnelly presenting Dun Laoghaire Harbour with Ireland’s first Seabin this past summer
#Seabin - Five months after local coastal litter campaigner Flossie Donnelly saw the installation of Dun Laoghaire Harbour’s first Seabin, the enterprising youth has presented the National Yacht Club with its own water-cleaning device. According to the Dun Laoghaire waterfront…
RMS Leinster: A waterfront walk of remembrance through the harbour town of Dun Laoghaire took place yesterday on the centenary anniversary of the WWI disaster. There was a great turnout for the special day where Afloat adds the procession passed close to the RMS Leinster (anchor) memorial opposite Carlisle Pier, from where the steamer departed but would never return.  Note appropriately those dressed to represent 'RMS' passengers walk ahead of officials prior to arriving at the state ceremony held beside the dlr Lexicon Library.
#rmsLeinster - The First Minister of Wales along with Irish dignitaries, ambassadors among them from the UK and Germany attended in Dun Laoghaire yesterday a state commemoration ceremony on the centenary of the sinking of RMS Leinster, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
On the centenary anniversary of the sinking of RMS Leinster, relatives from the disaster carried out wreath-laying ceremony at the wreck site off the Kish Bank this morning. AFLOAT adds the relatives where on board excursion vessel St. Bridget having departed Dun Laoghaire Harbour and escorted by LE Orla and local RNLI lifeboat Anna Livia. This afternoon a second boat trip will bring more relatives to the scene of the single-worst maritime tragedy on the Irish Sea.
#rmsLeinster - Today, relatives of those who were on RMS Leinster when it was sunk by a German submarine 100 years ago (during WWI) have visited the site of the sinking. The mail boat writes The Irish Times was torpedoed…
RMS Leinster - tomorrow marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Royal Mail Steamer (RMS) during WWI on 10 October 1918 where the disaster lead to more than 500 lives lost. As part of commemorative events, a ferry the Stena Superfast X is to pay a salute off the Kish Bank during a routine crossing from Holyhead, Wales to Dublin Port.
#rmsLeinster - Originally a Stena Line ferry sailing from Holyhead, Wales was to make a diversion in Dublin Bay involving a sail-past off Dun Laoghaire Harbour to mark tomorrow's centenary anniversary of the sinking of RMS Leinster, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
A landward view of the the works at Dun Laoghaire baths site. The marine project aims to breathe new life into the seafront and provides a new pier for boaters
Work continues apace for new boating facilities on Dublin Bay at the old Dun Laoghaire Baths site in Sandycove. Over the next couple of months, the final elements of the pier construction will be installed, including caisson units (which look like large…

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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