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The $250 million megayacht NORN, owned by billionaire Microsoft tech tycoon Charles Simonyi, is visiting Dublin this morning.

The Grey-hulled vessel crossed Dublin Bay at 10 am on her way into Dublin Port. 

The brand new NORN is currently sailing under the Cayman Islands flag, the second most popular flag state for superyachts.

The 90-metre yacht has a gross tonnage of 3491.0 GT and a 14.7 m beam.

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Dublin Bay’s environment is being polluted by election posters which are up to 30 years old.

As The Irish Times reports, environmentalist Brian Bolger and his son Colm have located many around Bull Island Nature Reserve and Dollymount Strand on the north side of the bay.

Some are up to 30 years old, including one from the long-disbanded Democratic Left political party.

The newspaper reports that University of Galway marine scientist Dr Liam Morrison conducted tests on fragments of some of the posters, made with polypropylene, a water resistant material.

Although it can degrade, Dr Morrison said this type of plastic can break down into microplastics which can be ingested by marine organisms.

“This is just a short stretch of coastline,” Bolger told the newspaper.

“If it’s happening here, it’s happening in beauty spots around the country. In every small town, in every protected piece of coastline.”

Under the Litter Pollution Act 1997, election posters and the cable ties used to hold them up must be removed one week after polling day, which this time around is June 14th.

The newspaper quoted reaction from political parties, including Labour (which has former Democratic Left members) and the Social Democrats, who said they use secure poster materials and had received “no reports of sea or beach pollution”.

Read The Irish Times here

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Paul O'Higgins's JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI is now five points clear at the top of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club AIB Thursday Summer Series IRC Zero division leaderboard after scoring his fourth win last night on Dublin Bay.

The Royal Irish yacht finished in a corrected time of 1 hour 02 minutes and 48 seconds, beating second overall clubmate Sean Lemass's First 40, Prima Forte, by one minute and 14 seconds. In third place was RIYC's Tim Kane's Extreme 37, Wow, finishing on 1:14:26 corrected. Five competed.

Rockabill VI is one of several bay entries that will miss this weekend's ISORA race from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire. The ISORA champion will compete in the Round Ireland Race from Wicklow on June 22nd.

In an eight-boat turnout, Richard and Timothy Goodbody took victory in IRC One by over two minutes on corrected time. The RIYC crew beat the National Yacht Club sistership, Something Else (Brian Hall). Third was the series IRC One Summer Series overall leader, Colin Byrne, in the XP33, Bon Exemple, who has a ten-point lead after seven races sailed.

In the DBSC one-design fleets, Beneteau 31.7 overall leader Chris Johnston earned his fourth win from six sailed, beating Michael and Bernie Bryson's Bluefin Two.

In a 13-boat turnout, Niall Coleman's Flyer won the Flying Fifteen race from Tom Galvin. Third was the series leader, Phil Lawton. 

Full results in all DBSC classes below

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“James Joyce and Dublin Bay” is the title of maritime historian Cormac Lowth’s latest lecture which he is giving in Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club later this week.

Lowth will be discussing and interpreting some of the many references made by Joyce to Dublin Bay and Ringsend in several of his literary works.

The Cconfluence of the River Poddle and River Liffey, at Wellington Quay, at low tideThe confluence of the River Poddle and River Liffey, at Wellington Quay, at low tide. The rivers are mentioned briefly in James Joyce's novel Ulysses, and multiple times in Finnegans Wake, which mentions their role in Dublin's growth

He will also be showing some “rare and interesting illustrations” linked to some of the events mentioned in Joyce’s references.

The lecture will take place in Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club, Dublin, on Friday, May 24th, at 8:30 p.m. All are welcome, and Lowth advises attendees to arrive early to get a good seat.

James Joyce and Dublin Bay Theme of Cormac Lowth Lecture in Clontarf

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This morning, the Viking Venus cruise liner anchored off Dun Laoghaire Harbour, marking the beginning of the 2024 cruise season that runs from April to October. The season includes 80 visits by cruise liners to the south Dublin town.

The Viking Venus is a small ship that has won awards and has verandas for all its 930 guests. Due to its size, it can dock where larger ships cannot, the company Viking claims.

The 745-foot ship arrived in Dun Laoghaire just after 7 am and immediately disembarked passengers by tender.

The 2024 cruise programme for Dun Laoghaire Harbour is available to download below.

The Viking Venus is viewable on the Dublin Bay ship anchorage webcam here

Residents and sailors in and around Dublin Bay have been asked to give their views on a “noise action plan”.

The draft Dublin Agglomeration Noise Action Plan 2024-2028 has been put together by the capital’s local authorities – as in Dublin City Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Fingal County Council, South Dublin County Council, Wicklow County Council and Kildare County Council.

Noise from shipping and road and rail transport is dealt with in the plan, based on strategic noise maps prepared for the Dublin agglomeration in 2022.

By EU law, Strategic Noise Maps and Noise Action Plans are required to be made or revised every five years.

The final Dublin Agglomeration Noise Action Plan 2024-2028 must be completed and issued to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by July 18th, 2024.

The EPA must submit it to the EU Commission by the end of January 2025.

A period of formal public consultation opened Friday, April 12th and runs till May 24th this year.

The draft Noise Action Plan may be viewed on the Dublin City Council website or the Dublin City Council Consultation Hub at the following links;

Submissions may be made through the consultation hub or alternatively by email [email protected] or in writing to, Air Quality Monitoring and Noise Control Unit, Environment & Transportation Department, Block 3 Floor 1, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

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While the RNLI celebrates its bicentenary, the first lifeboats in Dublin Bay date back to the early 19th century and were run by the Port Corporation.

This is the subject of a talk by maritime historian and researcher Cormac Lowth at lunchtime on Tuesday, March 12th, at the National Maritime Museum, Dun Laoghaire.

Lowth, whose lecture is hosted by the Maritime Institute of Ireland, will talk about the many rescues and some tragedies which also occurred during that time. He will also recall the amalgamation of that service with the RNLI in 1862.

He has rare and interesting photographs, and details of the boats and the courageous people who manned them.

“A History of Lifeboats in Dublin Bay”, an illustrated lecture by Cormac Lowth, takes place in the Maritime Museum, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire on March 12th at 1.30pm. He advises people to come early to be sure of a seat.

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Once upon a time, as Sutton Creek developed in the northerly corner of Dublin Bay, some bright spark councillor suggested the new and very tidal waterway should be called the Blue Lagoon.

The idea of such a name was aired after the sandbank had built up over the years to become the Bull Island, thanks to the re-direction of sediment when the channel walls had been built to protect the Port of Dublin. But the new title never quite took off, yet Sutton Creek is recognised more than ever as an intriguing waterway with a vital role as the feeding ground for thousands of wildfowl.  And it can be whatever colour you like, particularly if you're a canoeist at high water in mid-January, grabbing the opportunity to paddle down the golden path of a winter sunset.

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Diver, sailor and coffee distributor David Lawlor is not that mad about oysters – he’ll eat them out of politeness – but he is mad about what they can do as keystone species in stabilising marine habitats.

That’s why he wants to re-introduce them to Dublin Bay as part of a community initiative which will be supported by Green Ocean Coffee, part of Lawlor’s Watermark Coffee brand.

It is two centuries since Dublin Bay had healthy populations of oysters, and his vision is to develop a broodstock which will multiply over time in sufficient numbers to form reefs.

These reefs can then provide a natural alternative to hard engineering defences against coastal erosion, and can also help to restore inshore habitats, including seagrass beds, he says.

"Lawlor is passionate about seeking solutions to mitigate the impact of climate change"

Lawlor is passionate about seeking solutions to mitigate the impact of climate change, and describes oysters as the marine equivalent of the “canary in a mine” in measuring the health of the marine environment.

He is starting out what may be a 15 to 20-year project with a pilot, cultivating a series of “oyster gardens” in several yacht marinas at Poolbeg, Malahide and Dun Laoghaire.

A University College Dublin (UCD) PhD student, Brian Rice, is working with him on the pilot, which has all necessary permissions, and Lawlor says he hopes it will lead to a not-for-profit model if it expands.

Lawlor is funding the pilot from his Green Ocean coffee brand, which is also supporting a project to restore seabed habitats in Clew Bay, Co Mayo.

The project will be looking for volunteers to manage the oyster gardens, and interested participants should email [email protected]

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Satellite tracking of “pongy” seaweed and algal build up has been developed by University of Galway scientists.

As The Irish Times reports, local authorities can receive complaints of seaweed accumulation, particularly from Dublin residents who may confuse it with sewage discharge.

Scientists studying the patterns of these “golden tides” – named after the colour of ascophyllum nodosum, one of the most common seaweeds on the Irish coastline - have offered their tracking software to the local authorities to help manage the issue.

The researchers from the School of Natural Sciences and Ryan Institute at the University of Galway have been studying these tides in Dublin over a seven-year period.

Led by Dr Liam Morrison and Dr Sara Harro, the University of Galway team monitored seaweed coverage at Dollymount Strand in Dublin Bay between 2016 and 2022 in relation to tides and weather.

Their BioIntertidal Mapper software analyses images from a European Space Agency satellite to help map habitats along the coastline.

Read more in The Irish Times here


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