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'Grande' Italian Vehicle-Carrier Anchors off Forty Foot Fresh From Dry-Docking
#GrandeShip - Almost 57,000 tonnes, the impressive Grande Atlantico (as pictured), a vehicle-carrier fresh from dry-docking in the UK, remains anchored in Dublin Bay offshore of the popular Forty Foot bathing place, writes Jehan Ashmore. Since her arrival last weekend,…
Symposium: The Irish Sea History, Culture & Environment
#IrishSeaHistory – Irish Sea History, Culture & Environment is the title for this two-day symposium held on 19-20 September. The event is to be hosted by the Maritime Institute in their premises at the National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Dun…
Summer of Heritage – Coastal Guided Tours and Walks Continue to Early September
#SummerOfHeritage – The annual Summer of Heritage organised by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council continues its events programme until 7th September. So there's still time to visit places of interest, among them those with direct links to matters maritime. Click the…
Heritage Week: 'The War to End All Wars' Lecture Series
#HeritageWeekLectures – The Maritime Institute of Ireland is to run a lecture series during Heritage Week under the title of 'The War to End All Wars' held on 31 August in the Eblana Club, Dun Laoghaire. The lectures are between…
Killiney's Blue Flag Lowered Again Over High E.Coli Readings
#DublinBay - Killiney Beach has had its Blue Flag lowered for the second time in four weeks after tests on Monday 11 August showed high levels of E.Coli and Enterococci in the water. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, which has also…
Cruise to Visit River Liffey's New Pontoons in Dublin City
#dublinport – Dublin Port Company have installed new permanent pontoons on the River Liffey at North Wall Quay (beside the O2). Dublin Port Company, Sail Training Ireland and the Irish Sailing Association have linked up with the Cruising Association of…
Lions Mane Jellyfish Arrives into Dublin Bay
#jellyfish – The CEO of Irish Water Safety, John leech is urging the public to use the Local Authority manned lifeguarded bathing places to ensure that they avoid being stung by two of the most venomous jellyfish that visit our…
Baily Lighthouse Vid Shows Unique Aerial views of North Dublin Bay Coast
#dublinbay – A lighthouse perched on the Howth peninsula on the north shore of Dublin bay and one of the most well known lights for mariners entering the capital's waters has been captured by youtuber Sky Pixels Ireland. The three…
Peter Pearson Photo Exhibition of Sea & Stone
#PeterPearsonPhotos - Peter Pearson, historian, conservationist and artist has a photo exhibition currently running throughout the summer (until 31 August) in National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire, writes Jehan Ashmore. The photo exhibition held daily (11am-5pm) is held on…
Summer of Heritage: Guided Tours of Killiney Martello Tower & Fortification
#KillineyMartello- The annual Summer of Heritage events programme organised by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLRCoCo) continues throughout the season, writes Jehan Ashmore. The programme which runs until Sunday 7 September, includes some new and exciting venues for this season for…
'By Land, Sea & Air': The Day Women Stormed The Forty Foot
#FortyFoot - Just a few months after the swimming club at Dublin Bay's famous Forty Foot bathing spot lifted its ban on women members, The Irish Times looks back on the day 40 years ago when Sandycove was 'invaded' by…
White Rock and Killiney Reopen To Bathers But Swimming Not Recommended At Sandymount
#DublinBay - Following our previous story on the swimming ban at four South Dublin beaches due to high levels of E.coli and other bacteria in water samples earlier this week, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council announced on its Twitter account this…
Bathing Ban For South Dublin Beaches Over Water Quality Concerns
#DublinBay - Four bathing spots in South Dublin have been temporarily closed to swimmers after water tests indicated levels of bacteria above the minimum health standards. As reports, Killiney Beach will have its Blue Flag status suspended by Dun…
Training Ship Bye-Passes Dublin Port While Motoryacht Makes Marina Visit
#MotorYacht – A US training ship T.S. Empire State made a 'sail-past' in Dublin Bay this morning, however Dublin Port welcomed Katrion, an impressive three-decked 38m motoryacht, writes Jehan Ashmore. Featuring a Jacuzzi high up on the uppermost deck above…
US Training Ship Departs Dublin Bay Following Fleeting 'Sail-Past' Visit
#UStrainingShips – can now confirm following our previous report, that the US training ship T.S. Empire State (1962/14,557grt) had made a 'sail-past' only visit of Dublin Bay this morning while en route to Copenhagen. The vessel is no stranger to…
US Training Ship in Dublin Bay Makes a 'Sail-By' Only Visit? on Independence Day
#UStrainingShips -Today been the 4th July, the United States celebrates its Independence Day where patriotic events take place also overseas and on board a pair of training vessels in Irish waters, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported on, the…

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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