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CGI image of the Bartra development at Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey on the coast of south Dublin Bay
Dublin Gazette writes, that the Bulloch Harbour Preservation Association has announced it has begun fundraising to file for a judicial review of An Bord Pleanala’s (ABP) decision to grant planning permission for a property development on Bulloch Harbour. Earlier this…
As previously reported on Afloat.ie works to repair Bulloch Harbour in Dalkey along south Dublin Bay is focused on a pier damaged by Storm Emma in March of last year, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to Bullock Harbour Preservation Association the…
An aerial file photo of Bullock Harbour along the coast of Dalkey located on the southern shores of Dublin Bay
The presence of a murky substance and discolouration in the water surrounding Bullock Harbour and Dalkey, Irish Water claim does not emanate from their waste treatment plants. As the Dublin Gazette reports locals voiced their concern on the quality of…
Never mind spotting gusts, what about the swimmer!
'Forty-foot' can mean different things to different people on Dublin Bay. In sailing terms, it might very well be a nick-name for 'Class Zero' but for most of the Capital's citizens, it's the stronghold for sea bathers on the southern tip of…
Local anger over decision to allow Bartra Capital build luxury villas and apartments at the coastal inlet at Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey in Co. Dublin and above an illustration of the proposed development.
The Irish Times writes of a controversial development proposal for a scenic south Dublin fishing harbour has been given the go ahead by An Bord Pleanála. Bartra Property, after a protracted planning struggle, has received permission to build a number…
The ‘orange slick’ at Salthill near Dun Laoghaire this morning, Tuesday 25 June, now confirmed by DLRCoCo to be caused by an algal bloom
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School (INSS) has expressed its frustration over the second discharge this month of wastewater into Dublin Bay, which has seen new bathing bans issued at several popular swimming spots in the capital. While the…
Residue from what DLRCoCo has now confirmed as a bloom of Noctiluca scintillans washes up at Sandycove on Tuesday morning 25 June
Heavy rains in recent days have led to another wastewater overflow at the Ringsend treatment plant, as well as other pumping stations, that has prompted a new swimming ban at several Dublin Bay beaches. It marks the second time this…
(L - R) Gary Rainsford, who attends St. Michael’s House Coolock Hub; Paula Devlin; John O'Connell, Skipper at Clontarf Yacht Club; Wayne Doddrill, who attends St. Michael’s House Raheny Hub; and Jack O'Connell, who attends St. Michael’s House Raheny Hub
St. Michael’s House, one of Ireland’s largest providers of community-based services for individuals with intellectual disabilities has teamed up with Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club for a spin on the Dublin waves for their fourth annual fishing trip. This year’s…
The lion's mane jellyfish is also known as the giant jellyfish or hair jelly
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has put up warning signs in the lifeguarded area of Sandycove in south Dublin after sightings of lion’s mane jellyfish in the water. Though the notice was put in place yesterday (Thursday 13 June), it’s emerged…
A normally busy but deserted Forty Foot in Sandycove this morning
Dublin local authorities have issued bathing ban notices for a number of popular swimming spots after a sewage leak at the Ringsend wastewater treatment plant, as RTÉ News reports. Swimming is currently prohibited along the coast between Dollymount in North…
The Frank Keane BMW ICRA Nationals on Dublin Bay this weekend will produce a 100-boat fleet
Dun Laoghaire's Royal St George Yacht Club hosts this week's Frank Keane BMW ICRA National Championships. Ten races are scheduled with approximately one hundred boats entered. Afloat sticks its neck out to predict the top boats and winners in each division. Last year's…
Tom Power, who died on Saturday, June 1, was a member of the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire for 41 years
The sport of Irish sailing is mourning the loss of Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) member Tom Power (1946-2019), a leading offshore sailing campaigner who died on Saturday after a long illness. Tributes were led today by his RIYC skipper and…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s decision to withdraw plans for a €30 million berth for cruise liners in Dun Laoghaire “represents a victory for those who want to resist any significant future commercial role for the harbour and for the town”, according to…
The cruise liner Serenissima arrives at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The luxury liner is the length of a soccer pitch, has 59 cabins and a passenger and crew complement of 160 people
Tourism interests have said Dún Laoghaire will still be a cruise ship destination, in spite of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s decision to withdraw controversial plans for a 30 million euro cruise berth in the south Dublin harbour writes Lorna Siggins…
The Subaru-sponsored Flying Fifteen World Championships sets sail on Dublin Bay this September
The National Yacht Club has issued a call for volunteers to assist in its hosting of the Flying Fifteen World Championships from 1-13 September. As many as 86 boats expected to enter the event, which will take place 50 years…
Rhiannan Iffland of Australia dives from the 21m platform at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Saturday 11 May
Red Bull’s official media partners have shared some specular footage of the action from this past weekend’s Cliff Diving World Series stop in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Crowds numbering some 145,000 were in attendance over Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May,…

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 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.

At A Glance – Dublin Bay

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

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