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L.E. Emer Takes Capital Centre-Stage Berth at Flight Fest Feast
#FlightFest – L.E. Emer's (P21) last large-scale public duty in Dublin Port took place at yesterday's Flight Fest flyover spectacular which according to organisers drew around 130,000 spectators, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Naval Service's eldest fleet member was built by…
Retiring L.E. Emer to Launch Flight Fest Spectacular Featuring Marine-Related Aircraft
#FlightFest – L.E. Emer (P21) as previously reported will officially launch tomorrow's Flight Fest spectacular above Dublin Port and she will be open to public tours before retiring with less than a week to go, writes Jehan Ashmore. The eldest…
Weather Won't Dampen FlightFest On River Liffey This Sunday
#FlightFest - Though the weather forecast isn't looking great for the day, organisers of FlightFest on the River Liffey say the full schedule is proceeding as planned for this Sunday 15 September. The once-in-a-lifetime aviation celebration, in conjunction with The…
Special Sailing to See Sky Spectacular of Flight Fest Flyover Over Dublin Port
#SeaThePlanes - Dublin Bay Cruises are offering a special sailing up the river Liffey next Sunday (15 Sept.) to view the spectacular Flight Fest flyover of aircraft over Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The sailing departs Howth Harbour at 12.30…
Shackleton’s Ships Past & Present and ‘Endurance’ Exhibition
#ShackletonShips – Sir Ernest Shackleton who led the Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition of 1914-1918 is remembered and honoured in different forms, writes Jehan Ashmore. Notably, three vessels of which two are named after the Irish-born explorer and the other is named…
Exhibition: Dun Laoghaire & the 1913 Lockout
#1913Lockout – Dun Laoghaire & the 1913 Lockout is the theme of a commemorative exhibition which runs between 22 August-18 January 2014 in the National Maritime Museum of Ireland (NMMI) in Dun Laoghaire. The exhibition is to feature unique historic…
Junior INSS Sailathon Raises Funds for Crumlin Children's Hospital
#Sailathon – 60 members of the Irish National Sailing School's Junior Club (aged between 7 - 18 years) took to the water to sail in Dun Laoghaire Harbour as part of Sail-a-thon 2013, a sponsored charity sailing marathon in aid…
OK Dinghy Beats IDRA 14s for PY Frostbite Honours at DMYC
#dmycfrostbite – Winter ought to be over by now and the DMYC Frostbite series has come to the end of its 42nd year. Quite an institution. However, winter doesn't seem to be finished with us quite yet so 25-35 knot…
Timing is Everything at DMYC Frostbites
#frostbite – Racing on St. Patrick's Day should have been a sunny green affair. The weather forecast on Saturday was for a nice breeze, moderate temperatures and sunshine. The DMYC committee took the sensible approach of planning to race outside…
Harbour2Harbour Walk Around Dublin Bay This Sunday
#Harbour2Harbour - There's not much time left to register for the 2013 Harbour2Harbour Walk in aid of Aware on St Patrick's Day. The 16.2 mile walk around Dublin Bay begins at 10.30am on Sunday 17 March, taking four to five…
Big Waves Roll Over Coliemore Harbour
#Dalkey's Coliemore Harbour on the Dublin coast succumbed for a time to today's North easterly gales with large waves breaking over the ancient harbour walls at high water (and big waves in Dalkey Sound too) as the above video from…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour is Fitting Home for Global Diaspora Forum 2013
#dunlaoghaire – Dún Laoghaire will play host to the European strand of the Global Diaspora Forum in May, it was announced today. The Global Diaspora Forum is a celebration of diaspora communities, and has been held annually in Washington DC…
Details of Global Diaspora Forum to be Announced in Dun Laoghaire
#diaspora – Details of the European strand of the Global Diaspora Forum will be announced by An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade at 1pm tomorrow on Friday, 22nd February, at the offices of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company,…
TD Slams 'Crazy' Howth Parking Charge Proposals
#Howth - "Disastrous" could be the effect for Howth's economy if car parking charges proposed by Government are introduced, as The Irish Times reports. Tommy Broughan, Labour TD for Dublin North East, hit out at plans to charge for parking…
Plan to Dump Tunnelling Waste in Dublin Bay
#DublinBay - A report in this morning's Irish Times says many thousands of tonnes of tunnelling waste could be dumped in Dublin Bay, prompting environmental concerns. According to the newspaper, Dublin City Council has published notice of a licence application…
Festive Events Mark Sign of the Times at Dun Laoghaire Ferry Terminal
#TERMINAL CHANGES - Motorists check-in area at the Dun Laoghaire Harbour ferry terminal, is currently a free car-parking facility with donations going to Barnardos, however Stena Line's HSS fast-craft service to Holyhead is to resume next week, albeit only for…

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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