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Harbour Company issue Carlisle Pier Statement
The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company has issued a brief statement regarding the decision of An Bord Pleanala on the demolition of structures on the Carlisle Pier last September. Afloat.ie reported that Ciaran Cuffe has called for the old Victorian structure…
Green TD wants Carlisle Pier Rebuilt
Green TD Ciaran Cuffe wants the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company to rebuild the Victorian Railway building on Dun Laoghaire's Carlisle Pier. The structures on the Carlisle Pier were demolished in September of last year, and Deputy Cuffe reported the demolition…
5,000 Sail from City Centre Slipway
More than 5,000 people hit the water with the East Wall Watersports Centre in the year 2009, according to centre principal Billy King. The centre, located in the Tolka Estuary in Dublin's East Wall, has a history of sailing in…
Expedition Liner Visits Cork and Dublin
An interesting visitor to Dublin Bay this morning is the MS Fram, a 500-passenger capacity cruise ship that has been designed with a reinforced hull for cruising arctic waters. The Norwegian ship cruised from Cork overnight. It has a four star…
Traffic Volumes through Irish Ports fall in 1st quarter 2010
The latest figures from the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) on Irish shipping and port traffic data for the first quarter of 2010 indicate a continued general easing in the rate of decline in freight volumes. The IMDO estimate that…
Boost for Ireland as Irish Shipping Considered 'Highest Quality'
Irish ships will now be considered of the highest quality and will be subject to less inspections in ports throughout the region following an international meeting in Dublin today. The Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU)…
Trad Sailing Fest for Cork
Crosshaven will play host to the annual Crosshaven Traditional Sail event on the weekend of June 18-20, with traditional boat races, currach competitions, and even a 'pirates and wenches' fancy-dress party. Proceedings kick off on Friday June 18 with an…
Irish Company to Install New Pontoons in Dun Laoghaire
New, state-of-the-art Breakwater Pontoons are to be installed next week in the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire, in advance of a major sailing championship to be staged there this summer. The prestigious club, which was founded in…
Three Cruise Liners Arrive in Dublin Port
Of the 86 Cruise liners due in to Dublin Port this Summer, three are docked in the Capital's port today, two arriving after 7am this morning. Cruise liner traffic into Dublin is in line with last years figures when almost…
Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association Prepare for Poolbeg Regatta
Gaff rigged and traditional boats are welcome to join the Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association in a celebration of traditional sailing and music and craic on the week-end of May 28th-30th. It is part of Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club's annual regatta and…
Public Meeting for Kinsale Clipper Stopover Carnival Parade
The Kinsale Carnival Parade is planned as part of the Clipper Stopover weekend on Sunday 4th July and organisers are looking for the people of the town and surrounding areas to be part of the big welcome and attend a…
Docklands Maritime Festival on the River Liffey
Dublin's thriving Docklands area is the place to be this June Bank Holiday weekend, with the seventh annual Docklands Maritime Festival running from 4th of June to 7th of June 2010. Hop on board a ship and see what life…
Rechristening of arrested vessel for its new role in Mercy mission to Gaza
The MV Linda is to be rechristened the Rachel Corrie on Wednesday, May 12th, at 10am in Dundalk Port, in honour of the 23 year old American peace activist who was killed during a non-violent protest to stop Israeli forces…
City Council to Conduct Major Investigation Works on Dublin Bay
Dublin City Council is to conduct a major marine site investigation works in Dublin Bay to provide a detailed understanding of the sub-seabed. The works will assist the Council in determining the feasibility of constructing a tunnel to extend the…
Work Begins on Cork City Pontoons
Cork Port Company is in the process of installing a 100 metre pontoon facility at the South Custom House Quay which is expected to be in operation from mid- June and this will provide an opportunity for users to overnight…
Naval Vessel to circle South America
The Irish Naval Service patrol vessel, the LE Niamh, is underway on a 14,000-mile diplomatic trip around South America. The trip, which will cost upwards of €500,000, has gone ahead despite criticism of the cost at a time when Ireland…

As an island economy a healthy maritime sector is key to our national competitiveness. Virtually all our imports and exports pass through Irish ports.

The ports are therefore a vital cog in our economy but they're also a great place to see some interesting ships. 86 cruise liners called to Dublin in 2010 and a similar number came to Cork, including some of the biggest in the world.

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A recent study carried out for the Irish Ports Association (IPA) totalled 75.7 billion during 2004 and their net economic impact was some 5.5 billion supporting around 57, 500 full time employees.

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