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Competition Keeps Raising The Standard In INSC Spring Series
#INSC - Wind, wind and more wind greeted the participants in the Rathfarnham Ford Dublin Bay Spring Series at the weekend, writes Kenneth Rumball. This is by far the windiest winter I have known so far with lots of sailing…
Dublin Bay Cruises Operate for St. Patrick's Weekend
#DublinBay – This St. Patrick' s weekend will see Dublin Bay Cruises running a network of excursions across Dublin Bay linking Dublin city centre with Dun Laoghaire and Howth Harbour's, writes Jehan Ashmore. The specialised sailings on Saturday, Sunday and…
Forty Foot Swimming Club Lifts Its Ban On Women
#FortyFoot - It's a big victory for women at the famous Forty Foot swimming spot in South Dublin as the adjacent - and formerly staunchly male-only - Sandycove Bathers' Association has decided to accept female members. The move follows more…
First Drive-in Cinema for Dublin at Dún Laoghaire Harbour
#drive-in Cinema – As Afloat.ie reported previously, Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company in partnership with Underground Cinema have today (13.03.2014) launched Dublin's first drive-in cinema ahead of the St. Patrick's bank holiday weekend. The Drive In is located inside the standage…
Drive-In Cinema in Dun Laoghaire Ferryport before Return of 'Back to the Future' HSS
#FerryportMovies– Before Stena Line's HSS operated Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead seasonal service reopens in April, the harbour's ferry terminal is to be used as a drive-in cinema on selected weekends this month, writes Jehan Ashmore. Underground Cinema in partnership with Dun Laoghaire…
Gales No Obstacle for Irish National Sailing School Winter Sailing Programme
#inss – The Irish National Sailing Club (INSC) Race Training Team that usually competes on a Sunday morning in the DBSC Spring Chicken series were welcomed yesterday morning in Dun Laoghaire by gusts of 30-40 kts writes Kenneth Rumball. The…
Tactics & Strategy for Sailing Class to Be Held at Royal Irish Yacht Club
#riyc – The Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) in Dun Laoghaire is staging a tactics & strategy class in advance of the forthcoming season. The sessions will be spread over four Tuesday nights in March (4th, 11th, 18th and 25th) at…
DMYC PY Fleet Is Dead Heat at the Top
#dmyc – With only ten boats on the water there was a little more room than usual on the start line in Race 1, which Sheehy's OK Dinghy took advantage of with a clean pin end start, tacking and crossing…
High Tide on Dublin Bay & Coliemore Harbour, Dalkey Goes Under Water
The south and west coasts endured another day of damage due to harsh weather and the east coast remained relatively unscathed. The high tides on Dublin Bay last night however showed just how vulnerable some of the capital's old harbours…
Old Gaffers 50th Gathering Celebrations On Display
#Gaffers50th – A collection of sailing images taken by Gillian Mills during the 50th anniversary of the Old Gaffers Association held in Dublin Bay last June will be on display tomorrow in the Poolbeg Boat & Yacht Club, Rinsgend, Dublin.…
Dun Laoghaire Dinghy Frostbite Racing Abandoned
#frostbites – The weather station on the east pier of Dun Laoghaire was recording wind strengths of 17 - 19 knots with gusts in the low thirties and although the committee boat went out, ultimately they abandoned racing on the…
Christmas Cruises Across Dublin Bay
#ChristmasCruise – Take a Christmas Cruise in Dublin Bay this festive season!... with Dublin Bay Cruises operating between Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Dublin City Centre, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Christmas Cruises includes a complimentary mulled wine served in the heated…
Supreme Court Clears Way For Ringsend Locals' Sewage Plant Challenge
#DublinBay - The Supreme Court has ruled that residents of Ringsend in Dublin can continue their legal challenge to the expansion of the area's sewage treatment plant, as RTÉ News reports. The planned €270 million extension is part of the Dublin…
Dun Laoghaire Baths Refurbishment, DLRCoCo Applies for Foreshore Consent
#dlrcc – Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLRCoCo) has tweeted an artist's impression of Dún Laoghaire Baths complete with a new walkway connecting Sandycove to the East Pier and a refurbished Dun Laoghaire Baths building. DLRCoCo has applied to the Minister of the Environment,…
Cargo Maritime Village Concept Launched for Dublin 4
The Irish Nautical Trust has announced plans for the creation of a 'Cargo Maritime Village' on Charlotte Quay, Grand Canal Basin in Dublin 4. The Irish Nautical Trust (established in 1986) has a dual mandate of preserving our national nautical…
Dublin Port to Give Bull Island Lands to Dublin City Council with additional €1.2m Towards New Facilities
#bullisland – Dublin Port Company today announced a proposal to transfer its ownership of a significant and strategic portion of Bull Island to Dublin City Council to hold in perpetuity for the people of Dublin and future generations. Dublin Port…

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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