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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…
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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…
Dun Laoghaire’s ferry terminal has lain vacant since Stena’s withdrawal three years ago
“If Dun Laoghaire can’t thrive in a period of economic recovery, the feeling seems to be, what hope is there for everywhere else? “What chance have towns less blessed with abundant natural amenities, an affluent population, proximity to the capital,…
The Hobblers race is a 28 km long endurance rowing and has been organised at various times since the 1990s
St. Michael’s Rowing Club will host The Hobblers Challenge on the 7th of September. The challenge is a 28km endurance coastal rowing race, which has been taking place since the 1990s on Dublin Bay. Several courses have been used, predominantly…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour - Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is seeking expert advice on the 'development of the harbour for the benefit of its citizens'
Expert advice on strategic advice and an economic plan for Dun Laoghaire harbour on Dublin Bay is being sought by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown county council writes Lorna Siggins The search for a guaranteed revenue source for the harbour comes over four…
The swim course to kick off IRONMAN 70.3 this Sunday
Ireland’s biggest triathlon of 2019 comes to Dun Laoghaire this weekend as IRONMAN 70.3 Dun Laoghaire brings premier athletes from across the island and around the globe to Dublin Bay. Sunday 25 August is the date for the three-part race…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is inviting tenders for expert economic and strategic advice for Dun Laoghaire Harbour, which came under its control late last year. The request for tenders (RFT), which is open until Tuesday 17 September, says the local…
View of the area proposed for land reclamation by Harry Crosbie
Clontarf residents will likely be wide-eyed at a recent “radical” proposal by Docklands developer Harry Crosbie to reclaim land from the sea off the North Dublin suburb. According to The Irish Times, the property mogul suggests using Dutch engineering knowhow…
The 113-year-old Water Wag ‘Pansy'
The theme of this week's National Heritage Week for 2019 is ‘Pastimes'. In recognition of this, the 113-year-old Water Wag dinghy‘Pansy,’ will be put on public display on the East Pier, Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay on Tuesday 20th August…
Local opposition: Kathy and Pat Kenny objected to the building of flats and houses near their own home, but An Bord Pleanála granted the developers permission.
Broadcaster Pat Kenny has confirmed he'll financially support Dalkey residents in their challenge against a mixed-use development for Bulloch Harbour. In recent days, householders around Dalkey have received a newsletter asking residents to contribute to a fund-raising initiative. This is…
Topper dinghies prepare to launch at Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club
Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club will host its fifth annual Try Sailing/Sail Against Suicide event on 3rd August from 10 am to 6 pm. Welcoming the fifth year of the event, the Commodore of Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club Aidan…
CGI image of the Bartra development at Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey on the coast of south Dublin Bay
Dublin Gazette writes, that the Bulloch Harbour Preservation Association has announced it has begun fundraising to file for a judicial review of An Bord Pleanala’s (ABP) decision to grant planning permission for a property development on Bulloch Harbour. Earlier this…
Repairs are underway to the main pier at Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey where Storm Emma damaged the small scenic south Dublin Bay harbour last year. A Masterplan for the harbour along with neighbouring Sandycove is currently open to the public to make submissions and observations.
As previously reported on Afloat.ie works to repair Bulloch Harbour in Dalkey along south Dublin Bay is focused on a pier damaged by Storm Emma in March of last year, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to Bullock Harbour Preservation Association the…

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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