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The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, today announced details of a €2.2m package to assist 13 Coastal Local Authorities undertake and complete 52 development and repair projects on harbours and slipways owned by them (see table for details). The package provides funding for maintenance and repair works in addition to supporting the ongoing development and enhancement of harbour facilities including some marine leisure developments.

The Minister said “I am delighted to announce the continuation of our programme to assist Coastal Local Authorities in the repair and development of fishery and aquaculture linked marine infrastructures under their ownership”.

The Local Authority programme forms part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marines’ 2018 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme, whereby the Department co-funds up to 75% of the total cost of approved capital projects with the Local Authority providing the balance. 

The Minister went on to say “The Local Authority owned harbours in receipt of funding under this year’s programme are essential to the wellbeing of rural coastal communities and play an important social and economic role in their respective localities by contributing to the ongoing development of fishing and aquaculture related activities, increasing participation in marine leisure, and augmenting measures to attract greater numbers of tourists all of which generate an environment for job creation” 

Minister Creed concluded the announcement by saying “The €2.2m I have made available in 2018 is testament to my commitment to assist in the ongoing economic and social development in our rural coastal communities.

Minister Creed concluded the announcement by saying “The €2.2m I have made available in 2018 is testament to my commitment to assist in the ongoing economic and social development in our rural coastal communities. The diverse range of projects approved for funding under the programme are geographically spread across 13 Local Authorities and will not only create much needed local employment over the time span of the projects, but equally will further enhance the amenities provided to the wider Marine community in these coastal areas.”

County Council

Location

Works

Grant aid approved

Clare

County Council

Liscannor Pier

Installation of access ladders on protected structure and provision of new winch

48,750

General

Installation of warning signage at slipways

18,750

Doolin Pier

Repair of existing and provision of 3 new public lights on Old Pier for rescue services

21,750

Cappa Pier

Repair and extension of footpath along pier

22,500

Total Clare

 

111,750

Cork

County Council

Schull Pontoon

Install pontoon at Schull harbour. Pontoon already procured by the community

112,500

Glengarriff Pier

Upgrade and improve existing pier including new steel steps and safety rails. Repair existing fenders and steelwork

56,250

Pallas Pier, Ardgroom Inward, CTB

Construct replacement access ramp from road to strand to facilitate landings of shell fish harvesting

38,250

Tinawell Pier, Ardgroom Outward, CTB

Replacement pier walls, re-decking, ladder, toe rails and mooring rings

36,000

Total Cork

 

243,000

Donegal County Council

Safety Measures Greencastle

Funding to carry out a programme of refurbishment of all Safety Equipment at Greencastle to include mainly the provision of signage

9,000

Safety Measures Bunagee

Funding to carry out a programme of refurbishment of all Safety Equipment at Bunagee to include mainly the provision of Toe Rails, Hand Rails and Signage

12,000

Safety Measures Portaleen

Funding to carry out a programme of refurbishment of all Safety Equipment at Portaleen, Glengad to include mainly the provision of Toe Rails, 2 no Ladders, Hand Rails and Signage

12,000

Safety Measures Portmore

The Council now seeks funding to carry out a programme of refurbishment of all Safety Equipment at Portmore, Malin Head to include mainly the provision of Hand Rails, Toe Rails, Signage and 1 No. Ladder

9,000

Safety Measures Buncrana

Funding to carry out a programme of refurbishment of all Safety Equipment at Buncrana to include mainly the provision of Crash Barriers, Signage, 2 No. Ladders, Toe Rails and Infill under the steps

16,500

Safety Measures Rathmullan

Funding to carry out a programme of refurbishment of all Safety Equipment at Rathmullan to include mainly the provision of 3 No. Ladders, Handrails, Life Rings and Signage

15,000

Safety Measures Portsalon

Funding to carry out a programme of refurbishment of all Safety Equipment at Portsalon to include mainly the provision of Steps, Structural Repairs, Fenders, Handrails, Life Rings and Signage

15,000

Safety Measures Downings

Funding to carry out a programme of refurbishment of all Safety Equipment at Downings to include mainly the provision of New Stone Steps, Concrete Repairs, Toe Rails, Handrails, 2 No. Ladder, Signage and Life Rings

18,750

Safety Measures Magheraroarty

Funding to carry out a programme of refurbishment of all Safety Equipment at Magheraroarty to include mainly the provision of Repairing Bollards, 6 No. Ladders, Re-construct steps, 40m Handrails, 40m Toe Rails, Life Rings and Signage

37,500

Safety Measures Bunbeg

Funding to carry out a programme of refurbishment of all Safety Equipment at Bunbeg to include mainly the provision of Structural Repairs, Steps, Crash Barrier, 2 No. Ladders, 30m Toe Rails, Signage

22,500

Safety Measures Burtonport

Funding to carry out a programme of refurbishment of all Safety Equipment at Burtonport to include mainly the provision of Structural Repairs, Electrical Outlets, Public Lighting x 5 No.s, Toe Rails, 4 No. Ladders, Bollards, Life Rings and Signage

22,500

Safety Measures Teelin

Funding to carry out a programme of refurbishment of all Safety Equipment at Teelin to include mainly the provision of Structural Repair, Signage, 2 No. Public Lighting, Toe Rails and Life Rings

7,500

Safety Measures Bundoran

Funding to carry out a programme of refurbishment of all Safety Equipment at Bundoran to include mainly the provision of Structural Repair, Toe Rails, Public Lighting, Life Rings and Signage

7,500

Visitor Moorings Teelin

Funding for an additional 2 visitor moorings

3,750

Visitor Moorings South Sound of Arranmore

Funding for an additional 2 visitor moorings

3,750

Visitor Moorings Rathmullan

Funding for an additional 3 visitor moorings

3,750

Visitor Moorings Meevagh

Funding for an additional 3 visitor moorings

3,750

 

Total Donegal

 

219,750

Fingal County Council

Rush Harbour

Lifting and relaying a section of original stones on the pier surface of this protected structure including importing additional stone where necessary to develop a methodology to be deployed on the balance of the surface

65,625

Rush Harbour

Replacement of missing stones on harbour face and repointing and stabilisation of other stones

10,688

Rush Harbour

Grouting to fill voids in harbour structure

7,650

Total Fingal

 

83,963

Galway County Council

Crumpan Pier, Muigh-Inis, Carna

Slipway and pier infrastructure

112,500

Droim, Leitirmoir

Slipway and pier extension

112,500

Total Galway

 

225,000

     

Kerry County Council

Ballinskelligs Pier

Phase 3 - Pier stabilisation works and structural repairs. Continuation of Phase 2 works in 2017.( Phase 1 works completed in 2016 - underpinning of pier and grouting of voids)

112,500

Tarbert Pier

Repair to key walls where existing masonry is being eroded. These works are required to stabilise the structure

90,000

Dromotoor Pier

Structural repairs including underpinning of slipway and grouting of voids

15,000

Total Kerry

 

217,500

Limerick County Council

Ringmoylan Pier

Repoint and rebuild sections of the stone pier. Replace the eroded patchwork surface of concrete and tar & chip. Replace cracked and undermined footpaths. Repair damaged crash barrier and bollards following sever weather events

112,500

Total Limerick

 

112,500

Louth County Council

Annagassan Harbour Power Points

Upgrade power points

9,000

Carlingford Harbour

Pier wall repairs

18,750

Total Louth

 

27,750

Mayo County Council

Achill (Green Pier)

Repair to pier wall

22,500

Killala Harbour

Installation of new A to Ns on immediate approach channel to Killala Harour. Repair defective/undermined section of main pier. Remove silt from harbour area. Safety works

90,000

Rathlackan Pier

Emergency underpinning of existing pier end which is dangerously undermined. Further repairs and reconstruction of harbour deck and breakwater wall. Safety works to include ladders and edge rails. Construction of protective winch house

112,500

Ballina Harbour

Improvement/upgrade/ replacement of aids to navigation on approach channel along River Moy from Killala Bay to Ballina Harbour. Improvement/upgrade /replacement works to existing 150No. moorings as required

22,500

Total Mayo

 

247,500

 

 

Sligo County Council

Raghly Harbour

Rebuilding/repairing portion of quay wall that collapsed, new foundation to same and new quay capping and stabilsation

60,750

Mullaghmore

Rebuilding/repairing portions of damaged harbour walls

52,500

Rosses Point

Rosses Point Pier/RNL stn Area -Upgrading of shoreside stub walling and mooring regularisation

33,750

Total Sligo

 

147,000

Waterford County Council

Tramore Pier North Wall

Overslabbing of existing harbour wall to north and increasing overall width of wall to improve structural strength. New structure shall consist of reinforced

75,000

Ardmore Pier - Phase 2

Repair works to existing pier slab over a small area. The access to the pier requires repair works. The existing steps are damaged and the handrail required treatment

112,500

Total Waterford

 

187,500

Wexford County Council

Fethard Harbour

Repairs to masonry pier. H&S

45,000

Courtown Harbour 1 HD

Fenders at narrow harbour entrance

56,250

Kilmore Quay 1

Safety upgrade of harbour lighting including high mast lighting

30,000

Duncannon 1

H&S access improvements

18,750

Courtown Harbour 1 ML&MT

Provide power and water. Improve lighting at harbour

60,000

Kilmore Quay Marina

Upgrade electrical bollards

18,750

Total Wexford

 

228,750

Wicklow County Council

South Quay, Wicklow Port

Strengthening works to walls. Following works and survey carried out in 2017 voids were identified in quay walls. It will be necessary to utilise a dive team and specialised equipment for this works

112,500

Total Wicklow

 

112,500

Total Grant aid approved

 

2,164,463

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The recent vote by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLR) effectively recommends that the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport dissolve the Harbour Company and transfer its assets to the County Council. The right to do this is given to the Minister under Article 28 of the Harbours Act 2015, and, importantly, this action is strongly supported by the Nationals Ports Policy.

The debate in the Council Chambers showed that there is an appetite to bring the harbour under the auspices of the County Council, not only amongst the Councillors but also at senior management level. In recommending this course of action, Philomena Poole, DLR’s CEO, addressing the council, stated that this was an “opportunity to use government policy for the betterment of the county and to ensure the integration at a policy and development level of the harbour”.

However, there is the small question of who pays for the works that would put the harbour into a “taking in charge” condition, essentially that state where no capital works are required to prevent further deterioration of the infrastructure. Consultants employed by the County Council estimate this to be €33m, of which approximately €7m covers the outer piers and €8m is for repairing berth no 1 on the East Pier. Councillors were unanimous that the €33m was not something that the county council could or should underwrite and this hot potato was very firmly hurled towards national government. Ironically, recent damage to East Pier during Storm Emma highlighted how DLHC is unsustainable an entity.

There were strong opinions expressed during the debate about the role of the Harbour Company, none of them positive, not only concerning the Harbour Company’s recent progress or lack of it, but also about the non–cooperation with the consultants as they endeavoured to calculate the liabilities. Several referred to the “dysfunctionality” of the Harbour Company while Councillor John Bailey was particularly scathing of the Harbour’s approach noting that the Harbour Company “is dead, not even on life support.” He was to the forefront amongst Councillors concerned that the ‘snapshot’ provided by the consultants through the risk report fell short of the information that would be available in a due diligence report.

A number of motions were withdrawn before the final vote in the interest of getting the principal motion passed. One of these suggested that the Minister effectively impose a “cease and desist” order on the Harbour Company to restrict, inter alia, any transfer of assets and new leases or rental agreements. At present the Harbour Company are actively seeking expressions of interest in the Carlisle Pier regeneration, conducting a “market consultation” on the provision of a national watersport centre and entering a procurement process for the provision of floating homes in the Coal Harbour.

Another motion that was withdrawn was a proposal to create a Harbour Stakeholder’s Committee.

The activity in the Council Chamber begs the question where next? Those who were seeking to engage with the Harbour Company on current projects must be concerned about the longer term viability. With the future governance of the harbour in doubt, where do the current planning applications for developments on harbour lands fit in?

While the County Council vote is indicative of the intent of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, it is perhaps only the beginning of the end and maybe even back to the drawing board for a new master plan for the harbour.

The council meeting heard that the decision to transfer is wholly reserved to the Minister for Transport. 

Is it a bright new future or same old same old for the 200–year–old harbour?

Clearly the ball is now firmly in the Minister’s court.

Read also: Without a Harbour Czar, Dun Laoghaire’s All at Sea

Flooding in South Dublin coastal towns and villages came when high tides arrived at lunch time today.

In Bulloch Harbour in Dalkey, on the southern tip of Dublin Bay, storm waves swept through the harbour as Bay waters threatened the top of the quay.

At nearby Coliemore Harbour a boat was capsized in the small harbour in Dalkey Sound

Coliemore harbourColiemore harbour Photo: Michael Chester

At Dun Laoghaire Harbour, boats are snug in the country's biggest marina but there is reported damage to pontoons and boats moored elsewhere.

At Seapoint, in Monkstown, County Dublin the shoreline railway there resembles a canal as Storm Emma continues to rage this afternoon.

The scene in Sandycove, County Dublin where mountainous seas caused local flooding.

Snow 2018 Day2 692Waves pound Newtownsmith at Sandycove. Photo: Michael Chester

Despite warnings to the public to stay out of the water, a woman swimmer had to be rescued from the harbour in Sandycove.

Earlier today, as Afloat.ie reported here, breaking waves in north Dublin at Howth have caused damaged to a  pierside shed where some historic yachts are stored. 

Today's high tide at noon added to Howth's storm problems with the northeast gale little eased, and the waves continuously sweeping over the East Pier. While the actual damage timeline is still confused, it may well be that the worst of the destruction to the sheds at the end of the pier housing seven of the Howth 17s did not occur until around 1.30pm today, with reports of at least two boats seriously damaged

howth harbour today1Howth harbour today Photo: W M Nixon

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#PortumnaHarbour - Motorhome bye-laws for the newly refurbished Portumna Harbour are being redrafted over a legal issue.

And it could be two months before the new regulations are in place, according to Galway Bay FM.

The redeveloped harbour on Waterways Ireland’s Shannon Navigation was only opened to the public last month, with upgraded marina berths and improved parking facilities to accommodate camper vans, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.

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The Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Mr. Seán Canney, T.D., today opened the refurbished Harbour and Amenity Park on the Shannon Navigation in Portumna. Developed by Waterways Ireland, Galway County Council and the Office of Public Works and jointly funded by Fáilte Ireland under the Lough Derg Stimulus Fund the €750k project involved harbour and onshore works.

The harbour works included the doubling of the moorings space capacity at this ever popular location, upgrade of berths, re-paving of the quay area, installation of cut stone walls and installation of a hoist for disabled boaters. The onshore works included the upgrade of the service block (with toilets and showers), car parking and access road. A further development of integrated services for camper vans has also been completed which will see for the first time the provision of facilities and services for the growing numbers of visiting camper vans to Ireland.

Commenting at the redevelopment, Minister Canney said “The improvement works undertaken here at Portumna Harbour have been extensive and will prove important in increasing visitor numbers to this scenic area of County Galway. The project, funded jointly by Fáilte Ireland and developed by the Office of Public Works, Galway County Council and Waterways Ireland, will make an excellent facility for boaters, tourists and those who enjoy waterway activities. I have no doubt that this facility will develop and promote activity tourism and will add to this region’s reputation as one of Ireland’s most attractive and enjoyable destinations for visitors from both at home and abroad which is one of the key elements of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development.”

This project has been funded by Fáilte Ireland and administered through the Lough Derg Marketing Group. A key element of the Lough Derg Marketing Group is product development and all the agencies engaged in the Group including Waterways Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, the Local Authorities, Inland Fisheries Ireland and private sector representatives have worked collaboratively to deliver the Lough Derg Roadmap, the strategic tourism development plan for the region.

Dawn Livingstone, Chief Executive of Waterways Ireland stated “Portumna is a key destination and gateway on the Shannon Navigation area for domestic and international visitors. The development here in Portumna is part of our strategy in Waterways Ireland and is key in encouraging further economic activity in the town and indeed wider Lough Derg."

Waterways Ireland will continue to work in partnership to develop new projects which benefit the people living along the Shannon as well as visitors and tourists.

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Following a campaign by Bray Harbour Action Group (BHAG) to deal with a silt–up of the county Wicklow Harbour, BHAG met with Bray Municipal District Councillors yesterday.

Speaking after the meeting BHAG chairman Ger Crowley said” We have a duty of care to maintain and enhance Bray Harbour for our youth and future generations as a vibrant active leisure, sports and commercial area.

BHAG are very pleased, he continued, with the opportunity to share our vision for Bray Harbour with key decision makers of Bray.

The harbour is a great asset that can be put to use to benefit all the people of Bray. Many seaside towns would envy the infrastructure that we already have already in place by way of harbour walls within which to develop, easy access to the promenade and the town and we are readily accessible to visitors by road and rail.

Bray harbour silt upStakeholders - (from left) John McNulty, Bray Adventures Ronan Laffan, Bray Sailing Club, Tony Foran, Bray Harbour Mooring Holders' Association, Greg Mulvaney, Bray Head Fishing and Social Club, Ger Crowley, Chairman BHAG with a model to show how Bray harbour could be improved

We believe, he continued, that for a relatively modest investment the harbour can again become a safe docking and berthing facility for coastal cruises and visiting boats bringing many visitors to the town. It can also become a centre for water sports and commercial water based activities.

Bray harbour silt upAn aerial view of Bray harbour showing the current silt–up of sand in the Wicklow leisure port

Speaking after the meeting, Ger said, BHAG welcomes the invitation from Bray Municipal District Councillors to form a Joint Working Group to explore how to maximise the potential of Bray Harbour and looks forward to working in close cooperation with Councillors and Officials to achieve positive outcomes.

He cautioned, however, that failure to deal with the build-up of sand in the harbour quickly and efficiently would not only put plans for the future in jeopardy but could lead to the early demise of the harbour as a valuable recreational amenity

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The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, today announced details of a €2.8m package to assist 13 Coastal Local Authorities undertake and complete 51 development and repair projects on harbours and slipways owned by them (see table below for details). The package provides funding for maintenance and repair works in addition to supporting the ongoing development and enhancement of harbour facilities including some marine leisure developments.

The Minister said” I am delighted to announce the continuation of our programme to assist Coastal Local Authorities in the repair and development of fishery and aquaculture linked infrastructure in small harbours under their ownership.”

The Local Authority programme forms part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marines’ 2017 Fishery harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme, whereby the Department co-funds up to 75% the total cost of approved projects with the Local Authority providing the balance.

The Minister went on to say “The Local Authority owned harbours in receipt of funding under this year’s programme are fundamental to the wellbeing of rural coastal communities and play an important social and economic role in their respective localities by contributing to the ongoing development of fishing related activities, increasing participation in marine leisure, and augmenting measures to attract greater numbers of tourists which ultimately create the environment for job creation”.

Minister Creed concluded the announcement by saying “The €2.8m I have made available in 2017 is testament to my commitment to assist in the ongoing economic and social development in our rural coastal communities. The diverse range of projects approved for funding under the programme are geographically spread across 13 Local Authorities and will not only create much needed local employment over the time span of the projects, but equally will further enhance the amenities provided to the wider Marine community in these coastal areas.”

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine funded Local Authority works 2017


County Council

Location

Works

Grant aid approved

Clare

County Council

Lahinch

Reconstruction of Slipway

112,500

Gleninagh Pier

Upgrade of deck

26,250

 

Total Clare

 

 

138,750

Cork

County Council

Lower Aghada Pier

Provision of apron slab, launching area, rock armour, surfacing, barriers and lighting

56,250

Aghabeg Pier

Upgrade existing slipway, install navigation aid and lighting, upgrade parking and marshalling area

50,000

Kilcrohane Pier

Upgrade existing slipway and parking area

26,250

Dunboy Pier

Construct new pier deck, walls and steps, install toerails

33,750

Youghal Town

Supply and installation of a pontoon and gangway

112,500

 

Monkstown Pier

Upgrade existing slipway and steps

32,250

 

 

Total Cork County

 

 

311,000

Donegal County Council

Malinmore

Reconstruction of pier at berthing side, providing new decking with steps, ladder and safety railing

60,000

Downings

Repair to pier wall at seaward side

56,250

Greencastle

Reinforce existing piles by welding steel plates to piles

112,500

Bruckless Aid to Navigation

Provision of 1 no. Port Hand marker and light on pier

18,000

Portmore Malin Head

Replace old crane with new hydraulic pier crane

45,000

 

 

Total Donegal

 

291,750

Fingal

County

Council

Rush Harbour 1

Lifting and relaying original stones on a section of the pier

22,500

Rush Harbour 2

Replacement of missing stones and repointing and stabilisation of other stones

11,250

Balbriggan Harbour

Installation of new access and egress ladders

7,500

Skerries Harbour

Installation of 4 new access and egress ladders

5,625

Rush Harbour 3

Installation of 2 new access and egress ladders, improvement of mooring points

6,000

Loughshinny Harbour

Installation of 2 new access and egress ladders

1,875

 

Total Fingal

 

 

54,750

Galway County Council

Bealcarra Pier

Extension of Pier

112,500

Crumpán Pier

Slipway and pier infrastructure

112,500

Roundstone Pier

Structural damage repairs

75,000

 

Total Galway

 

 

300,000

Kerry County Council

Ballinskelligs Pier

Phase 2 of pier stabilisation works and structural repairs

112,500

Renard Pier

Completion of pier rehabilitation works, including installation of fendering and ladders

67,500

Fenit Pier

Replacement of fendering to monopile at head of pier

22,500

 

Total Kerry

 

 

202,500

Limerick County Council

Kilterry Pier

Structural damage repairs to pier walls

112,500

Ballysteen Pier

Repair works to pier

41,250

 

Total Limerick

 

 

153,750

Louth County Council

Carlingford Harbour

Repair to sections of revetment

18,750

 

Total Louth

 

 

18,750

 

Mayo County Council

Killala Harbour

Protection works for main aids to navigation/lights, reconstruction of harbour deck, safety works

112,500

Ballina Harbour

Construction of slipway at northern end of harbour to facilitate access

112,500

Newport, West Mayo

Repairs to quay wall

112,500

Kildavnet, West Mayo

Safety works at slipway

7,500

Bullsmouth, West Mayo

Safety works at slipway

7,500

Tonragee, West Mayo

Safety works at slipway

7,500

Greens (Achill Sound), West Mayo

Safety works at slipway

7,500

Total Mayo

 

367,500

 

 

Sligo County Council

Rosses Point

Provision of pontoon and access ramp, modest increase in length of slipway

111,750

Raghly Harbour

Pier crane and ancillary works

26,250

Total Sligo

 

138,000

Waterford County Council

Ardmore Pier

Repair works to pier wall and provide coastal defence

112,500

Tramore Pier

Repairs to slipway and widening slipway to improve access

75,000

Boatstrand Pier

Handrails and concrete plinth at new slipways

15,000

Passage East

Railings/ladders to pier

56,250

 

Total Waterford

 

258,750

Wexford County Council

Ballyhack

Repairs to slipway

13,500

Kilmore Quay 1

Harbour repairs

9,000

Kilmore Quay 2

New mooring bollards

9,000

Courtown Harbour

Masonry repointing, H&S, access works

112,500

New Ross Marina 1

Structural repairs to existing quay wall at access point to marina

112,500

Duncannon

Moorings

7,500

Wexford Harbour

Extension of buoyage scheme to Ferrycarrig

37,500

New Ross Marina 2

Anchor blocks and pontoon works

12,000

Total Wexford

 

313,500

Wicklow County Council

Wicklow Port, East Pier

East Pier strengthening and improvement works

111,000

Wicklow Port, North and South Quay

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The €2.75 million urban beach proposed for Dun Laoghaire Harbour is 'currently on hold' pending 'organisational restructure', according to a report in the Irish Times. A spokesman for the state company told the newspaper 'we hope to have it back next year in planning next year for opening in 2018'. 

Dun Laoghaire Harbour company is one of the joint funders of the project.

As Afloat.ie previously reported, the Dun Laoghaire project, that is modelled on Berlin's Badeschiff, has an artificial beach at the East Pier and a floating barge that contains a swimming pool. 

It was orginally envisaged to have the swimming pool operational inside Dun Laoghaire harbour in April 2014.

The Dun Laoghaire 'Heated' Baths went out to tender in December 2012. In October 2013 DLRCoCo Applied for a Foreshore Consent for the Baths Refurbishment on the back of the East Pier and at Newtownsmith.

In the Irish Times article, author Justin Comiskey points to the idea that baths projects act as engines of renewal or to give underused urban spaces an identity. Read more here.

The giant Irish flag 'stolen' from its prominent position on Dun Laoghaire's East pier has been recovered.

The tricolour went missing last night from the flag pole at 7pm. 

Afloat.ie sources tell us that it is now back with its rightful owners and the hope is that it will be flying from the pier head again soon.

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Bantry Bay Port Company has launched its first Schools Initiative for 2016 aimed at 5th class primary schools.

The initiative theme ‘A Day in the Life of a Cruise Passenger Visiting Bantry Harbour’ is aimed at encouraging school children to explore the tourism aspect of Bantry harbour and all the wonderful visitor attractions to see and enjoy in the West Cork region.

Tourism plays a vital role in Bantry Bay Port Company’s business with a number of small cruise liners visiting the harbour each year. These cruise passengers and crew visit West Cork during the summer months, bringing a welcome economic tourism contribution to the region.

All 5th classes who participate in the Bantry Bay Port Company’s initiative will be invited on a boat trip around beautiful Garnish Island, compliments of Bantry Bay Port Company. An award will also be given for ‘Best Artwork Piece’ and each participating class and teacher will receive a Class Certificate of Participation.

Captain Paul O’Regan, Bantry Bay Port Company Harbour Master said: “We are excited to be launching our Bantry Bay Port Company Schools Initiative. The initiative is a great way for primary school children to learn about the history of Bantry port and the role it plays in the region. The theme this year relates to cruise tourism and this is an area Bantry Bay Port Company will be aiming to increase in the coming years.’

He continued: ‘Many local families are involved in tourism either directly or indirectly and so it’s important that children understand tourism and the business it generates for the region. We hope our initiative will make learning fun for the school children.’

Projects must contain a high level of visual content and can contain photographs as well as artwork. The creativity of each project will be taken into account when being judged as well as visual impact, originality, content and presentation. Bantry Bay Port Company will provide each participating school with a piece of ply-wood 2ft x 2ft and this must be used for the project. Closing date for submissions is Friday 6th May 2016. All submitted projects will go on public display in Bantry during the summer months.

To register your primary school or for further information, please visit the Bantry Bay Port Company website

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Dun Laoghaire Harbour Information

Dun Laoghaire Harbour is the second port for Dublin and is located on the south shore of Dublin Bay. Marine uses for this 200-year-old man-made harbour have changed over its lifetime. Originally built as a port of refuge for sailing ships entering the narrow channel at Dublin Port, the harbour has had a continuous ferry link with Wales and this was the principal activity of the harbour until the service stopped in 2015. In all this time, however, one thing has remained constant and that is the popularity for sailing and boating from the port, making it Ireland's marine leisure capital with a harbour fleet of over 1,200-1.600 pleasure craft.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bye-Laws

Download the bye-laws on this link here

FAQs

A live stream Dublin Bay webcam showing Dun Laoghaire Harbour entrance and East Pier is here

Dun Laoghaire is a Dublin suburb situated on the south side of Dublin Bay, approximately, 15km from Dublin city centre.

The east and west piers of the harbour are each of 1 kilometre (0.62 miles) long.

The harbour entrance is 232 metres (761 ft) across from East to West Pier.

  • Public Boatyard
  • Public slipway
  • Public Marina

23 clubs, 14 activity providers and eight state-related organisations operate from Dun Laoghaire Harbour that facilitates a full range of sports - Sailing, Rowing, Diving, Windsurfing, Angling, Canoeing, Swimming, Triathlon, Powerboating, Kayaking and Paddleboarding. Participants include members of the public, club members, tourists, disabled, disadvantaged, event competitors, schools, youth groups and college students.

  • Commissioners of Irish Lights
  • Dun Laoghaire Marina
  • MGM Boats & Boatyard
  • Coastguard
  • Naval Service Reserve
  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution
  • Marine Activity Centre
  • Rowing clubs
  • Yachting and Sailing Clubs
  • Sailing Schools
  • Irish Olympic Sailing Team
  • Chandlery & Boat Supply Stores

The east and west granite-built piers of Dun Laoghaire harbour are each of one kilometre (0.62 mi) long and enclose an area of 250 acres (1.0 km2) with the harbour entrance being 232 metres (761 ft) in width.

In 2018, the ownership of the great granite was transferred in its entirety to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council who now operate and manage the harbour. Prior to that, the harbour was operated by The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, a state company, dissolved in 2018 under the Ports Act.

  • 1817 - Construction of the East Pier to a design by John Rennie began in 1817 with Earl Whitworth Lord Lieutenant of Ireland laying the first stone.
  • 1820 - Rennie had concerns a single pier would be subject to silting, and by 1820 gained support for the construction of the West pier to begin shortly afterwards. When King George IV left Ireland from the harbour in 1820, Dunleary was renamed Kingstown, a name that was to remain in use for nearly 100 years. The harbour was named the Royal Harbour of George the Fourth which seems not to have remained for so long.
  • 1824 - saw over 3,000 boats shelter in the partially completed harbour, but it also saw the beginning of operations off the North Wall which alleviated many of the issues ships were having accessing Dublin Port.
  • 1826 - Kingstown harbour gained the important mail packet service which at the time was under the stewardship of the Admiralty with a wharf completed on the East Pier in the following year. The service was transferred from Howth whose harbour had suffered from silting and the need for frequent dredging.
  • 1831 - Royal Irish Yacht Club founded
  • 1837 - saw the creation of Victoria Wharf, since renamed St. Michael's Wharf with the D&KR extended and a new terminus created convenient to the wharf.[8] The extended line had cut a chord across the old harbour with the landward pool so created later filled in.
  • 1838 - Royal St George Yacht Club founded
  • 1842 - By this time the largest man-made harbour in Western Europe had been completed with the construction of the East Pier lighthouse.
  • 1855 - The harbour was further enhanced by the completion of Traders Wharf in 1855 and Carlisle Pier in 1856. The mid-1850s also saw the completion of the West Pier lighthouse. The railway was connected to Bray in 1856
  • 1871 - National Yacht Club founded
  • 1884 - Dublin Bay Sailing Club founded
  • 1918 - The Mailboat, “The RMS Leinster” sailed out of Dún Laoghaire with 685 people on board. 22 were post office workers sorting the mail; 70 were crew and the vast majority of the passengers were soldiers returning to the battlefields of World War I. The ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat near the Kish lighthouse killing many of those onboard.
  • 1920 - Kingstown reverted to the name Dún Laoghaire in 1920 and in 1924 the harbour was officially renamed "Dun Laoghaire Harbour"
  • 1944 - a diaphone fog signal was installed at the East Pier
  • 1965 - Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club founded
  • 1968 - The East Pier lighthouse station switched from vapourised paraffin to electricity, and became unmanned. The new candle-power was 226,000
  • 1977- A flying boat landed in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, one of the most unusual visitors
  • 1978 - Irish National Sailing School founded
  • 1934 - saw the Dublin and Kingstown Railway begin operations from their terminus at Westland Row to a terminus at the West Pier which began at the old harbour
  • 2001 - Dun Laoghaire Marina opens with 500 berths
  • 2015 - Ferry services cease bringing to an end a 200-year continuous link with Wales.
  • 2017- Bicentenary celebrations and time capsule laid.
  • 2018 - Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company dissolved, the harbour is transferred into the hands of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

From East pier to West Pier the waterfront clubs are:

  • National Yacht Club. Read latest NYC news here
  • Royal St. George Yacht Club. Read latest RSTGYC news here
  • Royal Irish Yacht Club. Read latest RIYC news here
  • Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club. Read latest DMYC news here

 

The umbrella organisation that organises weekly racing in summer and winter on Dublin Bay for all the yacht clubs is Dublin Bay Sailing Club. It has no clubhouse of its own but operates through the clubs with two x Committee vessels and a starters hut on the West Pier. Read the latest DBSC news here.

The sailing community is a key stakeholder in Dún Laoghaire. The clubs attract many visitors from home and abroad and attract major international sailing events to the harbour.

 

Dun Laoghaire Regatta

Dun Laoghaire's biennial town regatta was started in 2005 as a joint cooperation by the town's major yacht clubs. It was an immediate success and is now in its eighth edition and has become Ireland's biggest sailing event. The combined club's regatta is held in the first week of July.

  • Attracts 500 boats and more from overseas and around the country
  • Four-day championship involving 2,500 sailors with supporting family and friends
  • Economic study carried out by the Irish Marine Federation estimated the economic value of the 2009 Regatta at €2.5 million

The dates for the 2021 edition of Ireland's biggest sailing event on Dublin Bay is: 8-11 July 2021. More details here

Dun Laoghaire-Dingle Offshore Race

The biennial Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race is a 320-miles race down the East coast of Ireland, across the south coast and into Dingle harbour in County Kerry. The latest news on the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race can be found by clicking on the link here. The race is organised by the National Yacht Club.

The 2021 Race will start from the National Yacht Club on Wednesday 9th, June 2021.

Round Ireland Yacht Race

This is a Wicklow Sailing Club race but in 2013 the Garden County Club made an arrangement that sees see entries berthed at the RIYC in Dun Laoghaire Harbour for scrutineering prior to the biennial 704–mile race start off Wicklow harbour. Larger boats have been unable to berth in the confines of Wicklow harbour, a factor WSC believes has restricted the growth of the Round Ireland fleet. 'It means we can now encourage larger boats that have shown an interest in competing but we have been unable to cater for in Wicklow' harbour, WSC Commodore Peter Shearer told Afloat.ie here. The race also holds a pre-ace launch party at the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

Laser Masters World Championship 2018

  • 301 boats from 25 nations

Laser Radial World Championship 2016

  • 436 competitors from 48 nations

ISAF Youth Worlds 2012

  • The Youth Olympics of Sailing run on behalf of World Sailing in 2012.
  • Two-week event attracting 61 nations, 255 boats, 450 volunteers.
  • Generated 9,000 bed nights and valued at €9 million to the local economy.

The Harbour Police are authorised by the company to police the harbour and to enforce and implement bye-laws within the harbour, and all regulations made by the company in relation to the harbour.

There are four ship/ferry berths in Dun Laoghaire:

  • No 1 berth (East Pier)
  • No 2 berth (east side of Carlisle Pier)
  • No 3 berth (west side of Carlisle Pier)
  • No 4 berth  (St, Michaels Wharf)

Berthing facilities for smaller craft exist in the town's 800-berth marina and on swinging moorings.

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