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Howth Dredging - It is proposed to reuse the dredged material to create an area for the public realm on the west side of Howth's West Pier.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), the harbour authority for Howth Harbour Fishery Centre in North County Dublin, is proposing to dredge seabed material from within the harbour to provide better water access to the fishing, leisure,…
Dublin Port's South Bank Quay & Berths 46 - 47
For the past couple of weeks, Dublin Port has been taking its social media followers through the different areas of the capital's Port. The latest is a bird's eye view of Dublin's South Bank Quay. (see vid below) As seen…
An Irish tug boat brought the drifting trawler to Dún Laoghaire Harbour
A British registered Spanish owned fishing trawler was towed to harbour in Dún Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin Bay yesterday after drifting for days in the Irish Sea because of engine failure. There are 15 crew members, some are Spanish, but…
Dublin Bay Live webcam
After a temporary outage, the popular Dublin Bay live cam that captures views of Scotsman's Bay, Dun Laoghaire's East Pier and the Dublin Port shipping lane is now back online.See livestream below. View both the Bay cam and a second…
JSP Rover departs the river Liffey
Busy scenes at Dublin Port this week as container ship JSP Rover departs the river Liffey as she heads outwards towards Haven Rotterdam, as Ro-Ro Cargo Vessel Amandine arrives from the Port of Rotterdam! The Lo-Lo Vessel Elbspirit is also…
Having wintered in Ireland the pale-bellied Brent Geese leave Ireland and head north again in March and April
The light-bellied brent goose that made a welcome return to Dublin Bay in October is already planning the return journey to breeding grounds in Canada after spending the winter in Ireland. Over the last few months, you may have spotted the…
In recent months, Afloat observed MSC Monica arrive on Dublin Bay as above and track berthing in the capital's port where today another slightly smaller capacity container called to a lo-lo terminal. MSC Monica has container loading also aft of the superstructure, presenting a more balanced profile..
Afloat observed one of the largest containerships in recent year's arrive on Dublin Bay, a 3,502 TEU capacity ship that called last month to the port was followed by a slightly smaller vessel today, writes Jehan Ashmore. MSC Monica had…
s it departs Dublin Port for Holyhead
A Dublin Bay sea mist that lay in the middle of the bay most of the morning had enveloped most of the south shore by lunchtime, reducing visibility down to 50 metres or less at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The morning…
File image of Poolbeg Lighthouse at the end of the Great South Wall
Dublin Port Company has announced a temporary closure of pedestrian access to the Great South Wall Due to forecasted high winds and tides in Dublin Bay from tonight, Monday 22 February. Access will be closed from tonight at 10pm until…
The newly-built emigrant ship Tayleur, bound from Liverpool to Australia in 1854, got no further than a tragic wrecking on Lambay
Dublin Bay Old Gaffers’ Association invites all to join their next Zoom session on Shipwrecks Around Dublin Bay, which will be given by Cormac Lowth on Thursday 25th February at 20.00hrs. Following on from his extremely popular talk on the…
Dublin Bay ship-scene included Endracht a Dutch flagged heavy-lift general cargoship berthed in Dun Laoghaire Harbour today, loaded a small part project-cargo which is bound for the US. The smart and unusual design at the bridge of the 105m vessel can be seen in this amidships angle alongside Carlisle Pier.
Dublin Bay saw some ships of interest today, firstly the heavy-lift general cargoship Eendracht that arrived in Dun Laoghaire Harbour today to load a part project-cargo bound for the US, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Eendracht berthed this morning after taking…
Storm Darcy's Siberian blast led to disruption of ships forcing some to depart Dublin Bay and one to head over to north Wales. The Dublin Bay Buoy is approximately in the centre of the bay and asides as an aid to navigation for mariners and shipping, also provides frequent weather updates (by twitter). In addition, Dublin Port operates a Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) for the safe and efficient transit of shipping within the port limits while the Buoy acts as a 'roundabout' for vessels operating in and out of country's busiest port.
After Storm Darcy's Siberian easterly gale-force winds and seas battered Dublin Bay, the weather particularly yesterday saw several ships leave anchorage, arrive elsewhere or ride out at sea, writes Jehan Ashmore The bad weather yesterday according to the Dublin Bay Buoy…
Stormy conditions are expected to last mot of this week at the Forty Foot bathing place on Dublin Bay
The Irish Coast Guard rescued two swimmers after they ran into difficulty while swimming at the Forty Foot bathing place on Dublin Bay yesterday. The incident occurred earlier today as the swimmers required help in the choppy sea. The Dun…
Dublin Bay sailor Jimmy Fitzpatrick
One of Dublin Bay's great sailing characters Jimmy Fitzpatrick of the Royal Irish Yacht Club has sadly passed away. A true corinthian of sailing Jimmy Fitz was very well known both here and abroad. While he sailed out of the…
The Fugro Mercator is one of four survey vessels that will work on the Dublin Array project for the next three months
Mariners have been given notice of a series of geophysical surveys for the Dublin Array Wind Farm taking place between next week and early May. The Dublin Array is a project on the Kish and Bray banks some 10 km…
A SUP at the Shelley Banks on Dublin Bay
Saturday's strong northeasterly winds that kicked up such a storm in the south of Dublin Bay (as our photos of the Dun Laoghaire baths site showed) also presented some ideal surf conditions for Stand Up Paddleboarders (SUPs) in the north-west 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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