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'People on the Pier' photographs were beamed onto the Lexicon Library earlier this month to launch the public contributed project. The photos formed an exhibition which continues to be displayed in-doors at the iconic building until this Saturday, 16 December. The above displayed black & white photo was taken in 1942, at the height of WW2. Little did Fidelma O'Carroll's family dream where this photo would be seen many decades later!
#PeopleOnPier - Due to popular demand DLR Libraries “People on the Pier” exhibition has been extended giving the public the opportunity to view the free photographic indoor event. Afloat had reported of the exhibition launched earlier this month which involved an open-air…
Join in the celebrations tomorrow, Wednesday 6 December where a free display of the 'People on the Pier' photos will be projected onto the outside of the dlr LexIcon Library from 6.45pm.
#CelebratePiers – Tomorrow evening, Wednesday 6 December, is a time to celebrate and join in the People on the Pier photo exhibition as part of events for the 200th anniversary of Dún Laoghaire Harbour in 2017. Over the many years,…
Kish Bank Oil Prospect: Green Party representatives Una Power and Sinead Mercier protesting in the Forty Foot, Sandycove on south Dublin Bay. Dalkey is another coastal suburb where Dublin Bay meets Killiney Bay.
#DublinBayOil - The Dublin Bay suburb of Sandycove writes Dublin Gazette could be affected by offshore oil drilling that would damage local “delicate habitats”, according to local Green Party reps. Una Power, Green Party Representative for Killiney-Shankill is calling on…
Flossie (right) and friend filling bags with junk from the breakwaters in Din Laoghaire Harbour earlier this month
#DublinBay - Litter in the water is a longstanding issue in Dun Laoghaire and Sandycove — but one local schoolgirl has taken it upon herself to do something about it. Ten-year-old Flossie Donnelly started this past summer calling for volunteers…
Lecture on Dun Laoghaire Harbour where construction of the first pier began in 1817. Afloat adds that originally plans for the 'Asylum Harbour' consisted of a single pier but this was revised to include a second pier to form the harbour's West and East Pier (above). It was during construction of the harbour that George IV paid a visit to the town.This led to an officially renaming to Kingstown in 1821 in honour of the British monarch's visit. A centenary later the town reverted to its ancient Irish name by resolution of the town council in 1921.
#LectureOnHarbour - A lecture by esteemed Heritage architect Grainne Shaffrey, is to be held on Thursday, 30th November as part of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary celebrations. Grainne and her practice have an extensive knowledge of Dun Laoghaire harbour having…
 William Byrne (Chief Stokers Relative) and Holyhead Mayor Cllr Ann Kennedy at the launch of ‘The Last Voyage of the Leinster’
Relatives of victims and survivors of the Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead mail boat Leinster were joined on Thursday night by the Mayor of Holyhead Cllr Ann Kennedy, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Tom Murphy, and representatives of the Australian and Canadian…
Ireland’s annual winter visitors, light-bellied brent geese pictured on Bull Island
#DublinBay - Dublin City Council will be hosting an open day on North Bull Island this Saturday 11 November 2017 from 10am till 4pm to celebrate the return of the light bellied brent goose to Dublin Bay. The event, held…
Laser Frostbite race winner, Radial sailor Claire Gorman from the National Yacht club collects her prize from DMYC's Neil Colin
The 47th running of Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club’s Frostbite Series got underway yesterday in blue sky, sunny conditions and a brisk N-Westerly that reduced in strength as the afternoon wore on writes our special correspondent. Stalwart of the event,…
The Harbour Innovation Campus will open at St Michael's Pier in July 2018
#DLHarbour - Reservations are now being taken for co-working spaces on Dun Laoghaire’s waterfront at what’s being touted as ‘Ireland’s largest innovation campus’. As many as 1,000 workers will benefit from the facilities at the Harbour Innovation Campus at St…
The Optimists ideal. Happy kids and their boats in profusion in Dun Laoghaire Harbour: “A little bit of somethin’ God-given……..like a bird’s wing, you know, and there’s nothin’ else like it”. But conditions aren’t always so perfect, and sometimes we have to make allowances when enthusiasm over-rides caution
W M Nixon on the aftermath of Saturday's Optimist dinghy training incident during Storm Brian. “A boat, by God, it’s just a gleamin’ beautiful creation. And when you pull the sail up on a boat, you’ve got a little bit…
Optimist dinghies in a 45-knot gust end up on the East Pier wall observed by a Dun Laoghaire Harbour Police Patrol
Storm Brian's strong north–westerly winds, gusting over 40–knots, left both a training group of Optimist sailors and at least one moored cruiser on Dun Laoghaire harbour wall this lunch time. Eyewitness reports say that four Optimist dinghies were 'abandoned' in…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour – The massive ‘asylum harbour’ as it was originally known, when construction started 200 years ago, is located 11.2 kilometres southeast of Dublin on the southern shore of Dublin bay. It has an enclosed water area of approximately 215 acres. Its two breakwaters, known as the East Pier and West Pier are 1,290 metres and 1,548 metres in length respectively. This 2007 photograph by the late aerial photographer Peter Barrow shows the now gone Stena Car Ferry on its berth. Four yacht clubs are situated across the harbour water front from East to West. Within its walls, there's also a sailing school, a wharf for trawlers at the inner coal harbour, a Commissioner of Irish Lights depot, a boatyard and an RNLI lifeboat station. Built in 2001, the town marina, in the middle harbour, can berth up to 800 boats
Other cities are developing their waterways in imaginative ways but Dublin still can’t get it right writes David O'Brien.  Take the DART out to Dun Laoghaire today and on arrival at the station, the Iarnród Éireann announcer says: 'Dun Laoghaire…
A windy start to the 2016 Kish Race
As of mid-day today (Friday) there has been a late surge in entries for the Kish Race this Sunday which now stands at 34 yachts, ranging from Benetau 21.7’s, J 70’s to 40 Footers, with a Falmouth Working Boat mixed in…
The impressive 150–foot Latitude motoryacht arrived into Dun Laoghaire marina via the northwest passage, Greenland and Iceland in 2015. It is so far the largest super yacht to berth at the town marina. Far bigger craft are looking to berth at Dun Laoghaire and represent a new market for the vacant harbour
#Superyachts - All indications show the superyacht market is turning around — and as it expands, it’s important to note that more and more of these vessels are eschewing crowded Mediterranean spots and cruising instead in Northern European waters. Typically these luxury craft,…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour's moorings require a new foreshore licence
#DunLaoghaire - Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company has applied for a foreshore licence for the continued provision and maintenance of the existing moorings within the harbour. The 10-year licence is intended to renew the previous decade-long foreshore lease, which has since…
The twin uptakes or funnels of Naval Service flagship LÉ Eithne alongside St. Michael's Wharf. It is from here at the disused ferry terminal can be seen the two support pillars of the passenger gangway to connect the fastcraft HSS Stena Explorer that ceased sailings to Holyhead in September 2014. Directly behind are the pair of redundant chimney stacks of the former ESB Power Station at Poolbeg Peninula in Dublin Port.
#SpecialRelationships - A pair of ships directly associated with Dun Laoghaire Harbour and that are both currently docked in the port is not often an occurance, writes Jehan Ashmore. The presence of these ships within the harbour arms is noted,…
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