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The former director of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company has called for the release of its final accounts. Above AFLOAT adds is the HSS Stena Explorer berthed at the Irish port from where the fastferry's final sailing took place on 9 September 2014. Noting it was not until early in the following year that the operator Stena Line officially confirmed in February that they would not resume the seasonal-only service to Holyhead but consolidate out of Dublin Port with an existing year-round route to the same north Wales port.
Financial accounts of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company must be published and presented to the Oireachtas without delay, a former director of the company has said. As The Irish Times reports, Independent Senator Victor Boyhan (see call for ferry return) who was a…
Dun Laoghaire Marina’s Green Credentials Recognised In Local Business Awards
Dun Laoghaire Marina took home the Green Business Environment gong in the 2019 DLR County Business Awards, which took place this past Thursday night (3 October). Speaking on the award, the marina commented on social media: “Wonderful to receive recognition…
Big gusts  for the second day of racing at the J109 Nationals on Dublin Bay
John Maybury's consistent Joker 2 has won the J109 National Championships after six races sailed at the Royal Irish Yacht Club today.  Maybury won half of the six races in the series but counted all six results in the top three.…
Images of the plastic shards from the safety advisory posted last November
Plastic fibres released during construction on the Dun Laoghaire baths site last year have again washed up on nearby beaches, as The Irish Times reports. The plastic shards were washed into the water during a concrete pour at the development…
Stand-up paddling to Dalkey Island with Big Style
An Irish watersport business that’s reached as far afield as East Africa has future plans for Dun Laoghaire, where one of its co-founders grew up. DublinLive profiles Big Style, which developed over the last six years out of kitesurfing lessons…
The newly-restored Marguerite of 1896 vintage is the latest addition to Dun Laoghaire’s flotilla of classic yachts
Anyone sailing in Dun Laoghaire on one of those gentler days which have occasionally punctuated this Autumn’s meteorological extremities could have been forgiven if they thought they were seeing a ghost writes W M Nixon. White of hull – very…
The former ferry terminal at Dun Laoghaire
The chief executive of Dun Laoghaire’s local authority has said she was “stunned” the transfer of the town’s harbour to its control did not come with any State funding to offset its debts. The Irish Times reports on a special…
A RIB washed up on the East Pier slipway at Dun Laoghaire
Winter marked its arrival in harsh fashion today in Dun Laoghaire Harbour as northerly gales and high tides lashed the country's biggest boating centre on Dublin Bay. In one of the most awkward wind directions for the north-facing harbour, there…
File image of the Forty Foot in Sandycove
BreakingNews.ie reports that a man in his 50s has died after an incident at the Forty Foot swimming spot in south Co Dublin. The alarm was raised after the man got into difficulty in the water this afternoon (Sunday 29…
Scroll down the page for a live webcam from Dun Laoghaire and Sandycove today
As another weather system ahead of Hurricane Lorenzo starts to makes its presence felt on the Irish East coast today, below is the current scene at Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay viewed northwards from Sandycove on this Dun Laoghaire Harbour and…
The restored ÉIRE information panel below the Vico Road
The Dalkey Tidy Towns team is now ready for the official unveiling of the restored World War II-era ÉIRE sign at Hawk Cliff below the Vico Road. This past summer the rediscovered information panel — one of 80 installed around…
Sailing Art Exhibition Opens In Dun Laoghaire — And Meet The Artist On Culture Night
A new exhibition of classic racing boat paintings by Afloat.ie reader James Gilna opens today (Wednesday 18 September) at the National Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire. And the artist himself will be in attendance to discuss the works included in…
Dublin Bay
Dublin Bay’s sea level seems to be rising faster than forecast — and at twice the global average over the past two decades. The Irish Times reports on this startling claim from Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s (DLRCoCo) climate change action…
Wastewater has overflowed from the Ringsend treatment plant more than 100 times since 2015, according to figures seen by TheJournal.ie
Wastewater overflows from Ringsend’s over-capacity treatment plant have made algal blooms in Dublin Bay much more likely, says one marine expert. Speaking to The Green News, Karin Dubsky of Coastwatch Ireland said overflows from Ringsend which have occurred after heavy…
Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant, adjacent to the beach where locals reported foul-smelling matter this week
Dublin City Council says a blanket of noxious material on a beach in Ringsend is rotting seaweed and not residue from the adjacent wastewater treatment plant. As The Irish Times reports, the foul-smelling brown slick at Shelly Banks prompted numerous…
There was a turnout of 16 Ruffians, including five visiting boats for the Championships at the DMYC
Belfast Lough Ruffian 23 Carrageen (Trevor Kirkpatrick) from Carrickfergus has successfully defended her national title on Dublin Bay today. A turnout of 16 Ruffians, including six visiting boats, enjoyed boisterous conditions over three days. The Race Management team, led by…

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 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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