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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,…
A Viking longship is lifted into the water on the MGM Boatyard hoist at Dun Laoghaire's Coal Harbour this morning
A Viking invasion will take place on Sunday the 20th of August thanks to the Irish National Sailing School in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin. The centre piece of the event will be a re-enacted battle between two of the longboats…
Vikings take to the East Pier, Dun Laoghaire this Sunday, 20 August
#dublinbay - The Vikings are to invade Dun Laoghaire Harbour as part of the Bicentenary celebrations. The pretty angry group of Nordic seafarers are to be welcomed to the 200 year old harbour next Sunday 20th August. The invasion takes…
Natasha Lambert’s specially adapted yacht Miss Isle berthed at Dun Laoghaire Marina yesterday
#Sailability - Natasha Lambert sailed into Dun Laoghaire Marina yesterday (Wednesday 2 August) to complete her challenge of crossing the Irish Sea by ‘sip and puff’ sailing. Twenty-year-old Lambert, who has athertoid cerebral palsy, sails her 21ft yacht by puffing…
A lion’s mane jellyfish in Newfoundland, Canada
#Jellyfish - Swimmers have been warned away from Seapoint and Sandycove on the south shores of Dublin Bay after sightings of potentially dangerous lion’s mane jellyfish in the water. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has put up warning signs in the…
Not inconspicuous – the new super yacht arrival at Dun Laoghaire Marina
Capable of cruising in adverse sea and bad weather conditions, Superyacht 'Ruwenzori' arrived in to Dun Laoghaire Marina this week and according to YachtWorld, the 2011–built C Boat 27-82 is yours for US$ 2,222,805. Owners say it has the standards of…
Volunteers Required For Watersports Inclusion Games
#Sailability - Volunteers are required for the Watersports Inclusion Games at the Royal St George YC in Dun Laoghaire on 24-25 June. The free event celebrates sailing, rowing and canoeing activities for people of all abilities from the physical, sensory,…
Free guided walking tours of Dun Laoghaire Harbour (East Pier above) are part of the DLR Spring Heritage programme.
#HarbourTours – Following the recent visit of President Michael D Higgins to launch the Dun Laoghaire Bicentenary Celebrations, guided walking tours of the harbour continue to mid-June.  The free guided walking tours will delve into the magnificent engineering of the…

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