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Completed repairs on Dun Laoghaire’s West Pier
Works to repair storm damage to the East and West Piers in Dun Laoghaire Harbour during Storm Emma two years ago have now been completed, bar restoration of the sun shelter on the East Pier. Movement restrictions to control the…
A yacht makes its way past Sandycove on Dublin Bay watched by a Stand Up Paddleboarder at the Forty Foot
After an absence of over a month, sails made a welcome return to the Dublin Bay horizon this morning after the Coastguard advisory was lifted and Dun Laoghaire marina reopened to boat owners. Almost as soon as Phase One of the…
Yacht Chef Rachel O'Leary
Irish yacht chef Rachel O'Leary is currently spending the lockdown period in New Zealand and found time to write and publish her first cookbook. "Lockdown Chowdown" contains 30 delicious recipes - a collection from Rachel's well-worn recipe journals that have…
Full access - Dun Laoghaire Marina opens again to berth holders on May 18
In line with government guidelines for Public sports amenities, Dun Laoghaire Marina will provide full access to its berth holders in ten days time. While the country's biggest marina - with over 500 berths - has been open, manned and fully…
Dun Laoghaire RNLI
Dun Laoghaire RNLI came to the aid of two people who got into difficulty on a kayak this morning. The volunteer lifeboat crew were paged at 8.21 am following an initial report from the Irish Coast Guard that two men…
Yachts racing on Dublin Bay - a new solidarity regatta of all Dun Laoghaire yacht clubs has been announced for July 31st
A new Dublin Bay regatta involving the whole Dun Laoghaire sailing waterfront has been announced for July 31st to August 3rd.  The 'Dun Laoghaire Combined Clubs Solidarity Regatta 2020' is an initiative of all five of Dun Laoghaire's yacht clubs…
The ultra champion – Paul O’Higgins’ JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI is currently ICRA Boat of the Year, Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Champion, ISORA Champion and Calves Week Champion, while he is Afloat.ie/Irish Sailing “Sailor of the Year”. If the tentative proposal to resume sailing with the ISORA Dublin Bay to Cork Harbour Race at the later date of Friday, July 31st is implemented, Rockabill VI and her crew could be campaigning almost continually from July 31st until the conclusion of the ICRA Nationals in the Wave Regatta at Howth from September 11th to 13th
The postponed date of Friday, July 31st is being considered as a feasible time to think of starting the ISORA-organised 160-mile Dublin Bay to Cork Harbour Race, which was originally planned for July 9th to link this summer’s celebration of…
The new Roger Casement statue destined for a plinth at the end of the swim jetty at Dun Laoghaire Baths. Scroll down for photo
A special plinth has been completed on Dun Laoghaire's newest pier at the old Victorian baths site for the statue of Roger Casement. In 2016, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council commissioned a statue of the Irish nationalist, who was sentenced to death…
Swimming is off at the Forty Foot until further notice
Popular bathing spots at the Forty Foot, Sandycove and Seapoint on Dublin Bay have been closed as of today (Saturday 11 April) following the latest extension of restrictions against Covid-19. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said the decision was made “following…
A vew from the west looking at Dun Laoghaire town and its harbour
Donal O'Sullivan muses on the implications of a forgotten financial scandal at Dun Laoghaire Harbour John Rennie, the eminent Scottish engineer who drew up the original plans for Dun Laoghaire Harbour, was destined never to see them come to fruition.…
The former ferry terminal at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
A Dun Laoghaire senator has suggested that the currently vacant ferry terminal at the south Dublin harbour be employed as a Covid-19 testing centre. In a letter to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council chief executive Philomena Poole, as seen by Afloat.ie,…
Racing in the DBSC Spring Chicken Series
Next week's final race of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club's Citroen South Spring Chicken Series and prizegiving have been postponed until September and it will be 'reviewed' at that time. The decision for the National Yacht Club hosted event comes…
Habour2Harbour - The event, which last year attracted over 1,800 participants, will be rescheduled for a later date in the Autumn
In the interests of public health and to further minimise large gatherings of people, Aware and Dublin Port Company have decided to postpone the annual St. Patrick’s Day Harbour2Harbour fundraising walk, including the ‘Halfway Hooley’ at Dublin Port. The event,…
The new jetty nears completion at the old baths site on Scotsman's Bay
Works continue apace at Dublin Bay's newest pier and small boat facility at Dun Laoghaire.  Work on the new jetty, works to the new sea walls, works to the Pavillion and works to tie into the existing walkway at Newtownsmith…
Dublin Port Company chief Eamonn O’Reilly with Lord Mayor of Dublin Tom Brabazon and Dominic Layden, CEO of Aware, at the Port Plaza for the launch of this year’s Harbour2Harbour Walk
Newly elected Lord Mayor of Dublin Tom Brabazon has launched the 15th annual Aware Harbour2Harbour Walk, which will take place on St Patrick’s Day, Tuesday 17 March, from 10.30am. Over 2,000 enthusiastic walkers are expected to take on the 16.2…
CYBC Ribbon Cutting: Richard Bruton TD, Aidan Cronin, Edel Currie and Richard Nolan at the ceremony
Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club have just celebrated the completion of key renovation work with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by special guests and supporters, Edel Currie of Dublin Port, Minister Richard Bruton and Richard Nolan of Nolan’s Supermarket. Welcoming…

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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