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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…
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…

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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