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The derelict baths site at Dun Laoghaire will be developed following a vote by Councillors to proceed with plans first outlined by Afloat.ie back in April.  The €2.5 million project was given the green light by the Department of the…
#DublinBay - New flood defences in Clontarf will be several feet higher than agreed, local residents fear. As The Irish Times reports, the Clontarf Residents' Association says it was promised by Dublin City Council that new defences constructed as part…

CY&BC Autumn open series - dinghy prize giving after final 2 races today.

Posted by Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club on Sunday, 18 October 2015
IDRA 14 stalwart Charles Sargent of Sutton Dinghy Club and granddaughter caoimhe were winners of the IDRA14 Kenilworth Cup at this weekend's final races of the Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club Autumn Open series.  
This weekend the River Liffey and surrounding areas come to life in celebration of Dublin’s rich maritime heritage and local boating communities, past and present, with a mix of free open air spectacles and events for the public to enjoy…
#DredgingConcerns- To attract big cruise ships involving separate proposals, An Taisce say they ‘should be assessed together’ According to The Irish Times, plans by Dublin Port to deepen its navigation channel and dump 10 million tonnes of silt at sea…
10m Tonnes of Waste Planned to be Dumped in Dublin Bay
#DumpingWaste - The Dublin Port Company has been accused of 'pre-meditated and cynical' timing of notification, reports The Irish Times. Leaflets received by thousands of households about plans to dump 10 million tonnes of dredge waste in Dublin Bay, following…
Annalise Cycles Dublin Ironman Before Flying Out for Aquece Rio Challenge
#ironman – With a divisonal ranking of seventh, Olympic sailor Annalise Murphy completed Sunday's Dublin Ironman race as part of a three person relay team. The Olympic Laser sailor completed the 90km bike section of the course while her sister Claudine…
Diving Bell Opens as Newest Dublin Visitor Attraction
#divingbell – The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, TD, has officially opened Dublin's newest visitor attraction, Dublin Port's Diving Bell. As reported by Afloat.ie back in February, following a four month restoration project by Dublin Port Company,…
Are Dublin Bay Buoy Wind Speed Readings Correct?
#dlregatta – There's white water across Dublin Bay this morning and as sailors will tell you it's enough to blow dogs off chains. Curiously though the wind speed readings from the Dublin Bay Buoy in the middle of five Volvo…
New Cruise Berth Plans to be Lodged to An Bord Pleanala
#cruiseberth – Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company on behalf of the Dun Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group will submit its planning application for a new cruise berth facility at Dun Laoghaire Harbour to An Bord Pleanála on Friday, 3rd July. The planning…
World's Oldest Dinghy Class Launches Water Wag No.46 at Royal Irish Yacht Club
#waterwag – Dublin Bay Sailing Club doyen Carmel Winkelmann officiated at the launch of the newest Water Wag dinghy, Mademoiselle, No. 46 on Sunday at the Royal Irish Yacht Club. The new 12–foot clinker dinghy was built for Bay sailors…
Dublin Bay Designated As UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
#DublinBay - Dun Laoghaire Marina brings our attention to some great news for Dublin Bay, which has been designated as a UNESCO biosphere reserve. As RTÉ News reports, the biosphere status has been expanded from Bull Island to cover the…
Dublin's Sea Walls Created Invaluable Habitats For Marine Wildlife
#DublinBay - "How many capital cities can boast such a rich marine megafauna?" asks the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group's Dr Simon Berrow. It's an important question as Dublin last week celebrated 300 years of profound change since the decision…
Old Maps Show A Very Different Dublin Bay Before The Walls
#DublinBay - Dublin Bay was we know it today looked very different three centuries ago, as TheJournal.ie highlights with a selection of enlightening historical maps. As reported yesterday on Afloat.ie, this week marks the 300th anniversary of the decision to…
Whale Dolphin Research Ketch Celtic Mist Heads for Dublin Bay Conference
#ConferenceKetch – The Irish Whale & Dolphin Group's ketch, Celtic Mist previously owned by former Taoiseach Charles Haughey is to call to Dublin quays tomorrow as part of the Dublin Bay Conference, writes Jehan Ashmore. Three hundred years ago this…
Fun & Fantasy in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
#dlharbour – Say what you like about the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company (and most people do), but it would seem that their corporate heart, however small, is in the right place comments W M Nixon. Apparently, they've decided to do…

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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