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Ferry Stops, 'Sea Water Baths' on the Way for Dun Laoghaire
The last Stena line ferry sailing from Dun Laoghaire featured on the RTE News headlines last night. The ferry link is stopping because of a decline in passenger numbers and the high cost of fuel, say the operators, Stena. The…
Ex Sailing Chief Lashes 'Grandiose' Dun Laoghaire Harbour Plan
A former Irish Sailing Chief has added his voice to the growing concerns of sailors in Dun Laoghaire to a recently published Harbour Masterplan that Waterfront Yacht Clubs say threatens sailing in the port, Ireland's biggest sailing centre. The plans,…
Dun Laoghaire Yacht Clubs Voice Concern Over Plan
Dun Laoghaire Yacht Clubs are voicing concerns about the impact on sailing if a 'cruise ship jetty' is constructed as part of the recently published harbour masterplan. Dublin Bay Sailing Club, Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, National Yacht Club, Royal…
Ringsend Skiff Breaks Three-Hour Barrier in Dun Laoghaire’s Hobblers Challenge
Ten boats comprising of men's, women's and mixed crews from four East Coast skiff rowing clubs set off yesterday on the end-of-season Hobblers Challenge, a gruelling 25km rowing race from Dun Laoghaire Harbour to the Kish Lighthouse and back, writes…
Heritage Week: Maritime Lectures In Dun Laoghaire
It's mid-way through Heritage Week (20-28 August) and as part of the numerous events organised nationwide there will be a maritime lectures seminar held this Sunday and run by the Maritime Institute of Ireland, writes Jehan Ashmore. The lectures will…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Sunday 'Family-Funday'
Something to do with the kids!....head off to Dun Laoghaire Harbour tomorrow for the 'Family Funday', an event full of activities held on the Carlisle Pier, writes Jehan Ashmore. There will be bouncing castles, a bottle-stall, clowns, face-painting, fortune-teller, goldfish,…
Square-Rigger Tallship & Cruiser-Yachts Celebrate 'Events' in Dublin Bay
As part of today's celebrations to mark the 180th anniversary of the Royal Irish Yacht Club, in Dun Laoghaire, a flotilla of yachts 'dressed overall' set off on a cruise-in-company around Dalkey Island, writes Jehan Ashmore. The boats headed down…
Royal Irish Yacht Club Celebrates 180th Birthday
The Royal Irish Yacht Club celebrates its 180th birthday tomorrow, the oldest club in Dun Laoghaire harbour gives a nod to its 1831 roots with celebrations starting with a 'Victorian' themed breakfast. Back then the club might have been able…
Veolia Environnement Clocks 15 Knots on Dublin Bay
The exotic French Trimaran Veolia Environnement was in Dalkey Sound this morning. The high speed craft circled around the island in modest north westerly winds and returned into Dublin Bay for what appeared to be a helicopter publicity-photoshoot. According to…
Crosbie’s Café Lightship Plan Rejected
Dublin docklands property developer Harry Crosbie has been refused permission to relocate the former lightship Kittiwake in front of the O2 Theatre, according to a report in today's Irish Times. Crosbie had intended to convert the 1959 built Kittiwake into…
Royal Irish Launches 'Best in the Bay' Competition
The Royal Irish Yacht Club is gearing up to host the inaugural Best In The Bay 2011 Shootout this Sunday the 31st July 2011. The Best In The Bay is a new sailing event designed to take the top helms…
A Brighter Future for Dun Laoghaire Maritime Museum
Two new stained glass windows were unveiled in the Maritime Institute of Ireland's (M.I.I.) maritime museum in Dun Laoghaire this week, writes Jehan Ashmore. The windows which are located in the former Mariners' Church, are the work of artist Peadar…
Dun Laoghaire 'Needs Master Plan To Move Harbour Forward'
In a letter to The Irish Times last week, the principal of Ireland's largest sailing school hails the introduction of the new 'master plan' for Dun Laoghaire Harbour. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/letters/2011/0709/1224300391391.html Alistair Rumball, director of the Irish National Sailing School (INSS), argues…
Road Closures, Volunteers Wanted for Focus Ireland Triathlon
Organisers of the Focus Ireland Triathlon in Dun Laoghaire on Sunday 31 July have announced a list of road closures in the area, and have also put out a call for volunteers to assist on the day. Full road closures…
Irish Times: 'Sense of Déjà Vu About Dun Laoghaire Harbour'
Today's Irish Times editorial raises questions over the new 'masterplan' for Dun Laoghaire harbour. As previously reported in Afloat.ie, the plan is intended to position Dun Laoghaire "as a marine, leisure and tourism destination of international calibre". http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/dun-laoghaire-news/item/15849-dun-laoghaire-harbour-masterplan-launched/ But The…
'Seafront Memorials' Tours of Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Guided tours of Dun Laoghaire Harbour's 'Seafront Memorials' that includes the anchor of RMS Leinster, the Crimean War Cannon and the 1895 Lifeboat Disaster start this Saturday, writes Jehan Ashmore. Tours will also be held on every Saturday (1 per…

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.

 

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