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Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association Prepare for Poolbeg Regatta
Gaff rigged and traditional boats are welcome to join the Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association in a celebration of traditional sailing and music and craic on the week-end of May 28th-30th. It is part of Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club's annual regatta and…
City Council to Conduct Major Investigation Works on Dublin Bay
Dublin City Council is to conduct a major marine site investigation works in Dublin Bay to provide a detailed understanding of the sub-seabed. The works will assist the Council in determining the feasibility of constructing a tunnel to extend the…
Youth Champs wrap up in Dublin Bay
Despite losing one day of racing to light wind, the 256 sailors entered for the Mitsubishi Motors Youth Championship in Dun Laoghaire enjoyed near-full race series and perfect conditions on their final day on Dublin Bay. Sailors from 26 clubs…
Dublin chimneys give up smoking
The Poolbeg Chimneys, for decades a favourite weather indicator for Dublin sailors, puffed their last plumes of smoke last night. The chimneys kicked the smoking habit as the peak energy demand tapered off last night and the oil-firing Poolbeg station…
2011 Dun Laoghaire Regatta Committee Announced
The officers of the 4 combined clubs of Dun Laoghaire are delighted to announce that the Dun Laoghaire Regatta will have a new committee for the event in 2011 (July 7 - 10). Adam Winkelmann will be the new Chairman…
Howth Deals for 2010
From Howth Harbour to Howth Head on Dublin Bay, they're landmarks known to thousands of Dublin boaters and now thanks to a local business initiative there's an even bigger reason to navigate the Baily. The business community on the peninsula…
Bull Island Fire Spread Quickly by High Winds
Large areas of North Bull Island on Dublin Bay were left scorched yesterday after high winds caused a fire to quickly spread across the island’s dunes. Locals believed the fire may have been started by a group of teenagers. Mary…
St.Michael's Rowing Club Set for Irish Sea Challenge
St. Michael's is the only club entering wooden East Coast Irish Skiffs in to this year Celtic Challenge, a biennial rowing race across the Irish Sea, from Arklow Co. Wicklow to Aberystwyth in Wales, a trip of 150km, or 81…
Afloat.ie: Captain Simon Coate Appointed Dun Laoghaire Harbour Master
Captain Simon Coate has been appointed Harbour Master of Dun Laoghaire Harbour. He  succeeds  Captain Jim Carter,  who has retired after 34 years at the helm. A Master Mariner,  Captain Coate spent 29 years at sea in the Merchant Navy,…
East Pier Battery Open to Public
Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company will open the East Pier Battery at the end of the East Pier to the public on a part-time basis from Saturday 29 August. The plan is to provide access to the public from Thursdays to…
Report on Future Role of Dublin Port Is Published
The retention of Dublin Port in its present location together with onsite expansion would deliver the highest net present value in cost benefit terms according to a report published today by Minister Noel Dempsey. The study on the role of…

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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