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Both the inshore and all weather RNLI lifeboats from Howth were launched to rescue a man stranded on cliffs overnight
The Howth RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew sprang into action on Monday evening, launching both of their lifeboats to assist in a multi-agency incident near the Baily Lighthouse. The Coast Guard had requested the inshore lifeboat to respond to reports of…
The 2023 DMYC Kish race on Dublin Bay will start from Dun Laoghaire's West Pier at 11.00 am on Sunday, 24th September
Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club (DMYC) has published the Notice of Race for its annual Kish Race on Dublin Bay, with support from Leinster Boats yacht brokers. The race will start from the West Pier at 11.00 am on Sunday,…
Dublin Port Harbourmaster Michael McKenna with An Garda Síochána, the HSE, Customs and Revenue and representatives from the seven founding Dublin Safe Port terminal operators, Dublin Ferryport Terminals, Doyle Shipping Group, Irish Ferries, P&O Ferries, Peel Ports Group (MTL), Seatruck Ferries and Stena Line at the launch of ‘Dublin SafePort Ten Golden Rules’
Dublin Port has published SafePort Golden Rules today, a set of 10 rules designed to enable Port Management and the seven Terminal Operators to engage with employees and visitors on Dublin Port sites safely. The publication follows the introduction of…
The two golden retrievers back on dry land after their ordeal in Dublin Bay
Two dogs had a lucky escape after they were swept out to sea while chasing seals off Dalkey in Dublin Bay on Tuesday afternoon (22 August). According to, it’s understood that the two golden retrievers were pulled away from…
Dun Laoghaire’s inshore lifeboat returns to the harbour after rescuing swimmers at nearby Dalkey Island on Dublin Bay
A group of swimmers were rescued by Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI this morning near Dalkey Island on Dublin Bay. The crew was on a training exercise in the station’s inshore lifeboat when they were alerted to an incident unfolding at Dalkey…
Dalkey Rowing Club is hosting an evening of stories and photos
Dalkey Rowing Club is hosting an evening of stories and photos in celebration of its 90th anniversary next Thursday 24 August at The Tramyard in Dalkey. The evening promises to be an enjoyable, fun and insightful gathering of coastal rowing…
Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 116, Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI, the local Coastguard unit, and nearby pleasure craft were all involved in rescuing a man 'treading water' in Scotsman's Bay
Rescue services rescued a man from off Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Sunday afternoon (August 13th). Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 116, Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI, the local Coastguard unit, and nearby pleasure craft were all involved in rescuing a man 'treading water'…
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The Department of Transport has been advised by Codling Wind Park Ltd that a geophysical survey will be conducted in the shallow sub-tidal area of South Dublin Bay and also around the Pigeon Park area in the River Liffey channel.…
The Lord Mayor of Dublin and Honorary Admiral of Dublin Port, Cllr. Daithí de Róiste pictured performing the ‘Casting of the Spear’ in Dublin Bay with Dublin Port CEO Barry O’Connell and ‘Captain Pirate’. The tradition dates back to 1488 when the city’s boundaries were marked eastwards
The Lord Mayor of Dublin Daithí de Róiste performed the ‘Casting of the Spear’ into Dublin Bay, upholding a 535-year tradition. The Casting marks the launch of the 36th South Docks Festival, which runs this week for a full five…
Dublin Port Harbour Master Capt. Michael McKenna, Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta Events Director Paddy Boyd and Dun Laoghaire Harbour Master Capt. Harry Duggan at the opening of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Dublin Port Harbour Master Capt. Michael McKenna, Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta Events Director Paddy Boyd and Dun Laoghaire Harbour Master Capt. Harry Duggan were at the opening of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta today ahead of the first races of the…
Royal St. George Yacht Club's Theo Lyttle with his nephew Seb (14) sailing at speed in the Melges 15 dinghy on Dublin Bay. See video below
Last Friday may have brought grey skies and rain to Dublin Bay, but it also brought wind, finally giving the chance for the new Melges 15 sailors to cut loose on the bay. Having previously held the speed record, Laser…
Dun Laoghaire Marina on Dublin Bay currently has a vacancy for the position of Marina Supervisor. This is a full-time position working in an outdoor environment on a four-on-two-off rota pattern. To summarise the main responsibilities of this position:  Have…
Dalkey Rowing Club celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2023
Dalkey Rowing Club (DRC) hosts its first regatta on Saturday (June 17th) since 2019 due to the pandemic and bad weather last year.  The coastal rowers are marking their 90th year, so there's an added buzz and excitement in the air…
The 110-metre superyacht Kaos anchored off Dun Laoghaire
The Jamacian-flagged superyacht Kaos is moored off Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin Bay this morning, having arrived overnight from London. The 110-metre superyacht sailed up the Thames in London after a mammoth transatlantic passage from Miami at the end of…
Coastal Rowing competitors get ready to start a race at the Stella Maris Regatta on the River Liffey
Stella Maris Rowing Club succeeded at its 2023 regatta, winning eight out of 16 races. Fair rowing weather, good spirits, healthy rivalries, and races running efficiently and on time all made for a wonderful East Coast Regatta enjoyed by a wide…
Safe Passage Communication Course advertisement
The Irish Nautical Trust has provided with more details about its Safe Passage and Communication Course for all users of leisure craft in the Dublin Bay and Dublin Port area, in conjunction with Dublin Port Company. With up to…

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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