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Windsurfer Oisín van Gelderen is looking to break the 50-knot barrier in Namibia
Dublin Bay Windsurfer Oisín van Gelderen has broken his previous Irish Sailing Speed Record while participating at the 'Luderitz Speed Challenge in Namibia. Van Gelderen is taking part in the World Record Attempt, and after three 'fruitless weeks' of moderate…
Dublin Port Scholarship 21st Anniversary -  Cecile Ndeley, Scholarship Recipient, Sibheal Toner, Former Scholarship Recipient, Marie Fitzpatrick, Scholarship Recipient
Dublin Port Company (DPC) is celebrating 21 years of its Scholarship Programme. In this anniversary year, 24 new recipients from the port’s local communities have been awarded scholarships for 2022. The Dublin Port Scholarship Programme is the longest-running education bursary…
The Brixham-style fishing cutter St Patrick was probably the largest of her type ever built, yet this super-trawler of her day wasn't built in Brixham in Devon, but in Ringsend in Dublin in 1887 by the Murphy family, who designed, built, managed, manned and fished this superbly seaworthy craft from their Ringsend base
Cormac Lowth of Dublin is a one-man Irish maritime history institute, the first and last port of call for anyone seeking the facts about some aspect of our seagoing history, whether it's obscure or supposedly well-known. Quite how he carries…
Boats at sail on Dublin Bay
Afloat.ie understands that there was little representation of sailing stakeholders at a public meeting earlier this month to discuss Ivana Bacik’s Dublin Bay Bill. As previously reported on Afloat.ie last December, the Dublin Bay South TD’s bill proposes establishing a dedicated…
Ghost ship? Ilen anchored off Sandycove seems like a wraith-like image from the past
It was good to know of the sail training ketch Ilen lying serenely in the Scotsman’s Bay-Sandycove anchorage south of Dun Laoghaire Harbour last night, like a proper sailing ship of ancient times taking a useful break to await a…
On the Waterford estuary, Dollar Bay surveyors used kayaks to get to inaccessible shores and could track how far the honeycomb reef extended along the shore
Coastwatch has appealed for volunteers to join its annual autumn shore survey, which runs from mid-September to mid-October. “This is now one of the longest standing citizen science projects in Ireland,” Coastwatch founder Karin Dubsky says. ” It’s a basic…
University of Galway expert Prof Dearbháile Morris - the current EU bathing water quality directive requires updating
Preliminary research into the impact of harmful organisms in bathing water suggests that regular sea swimmers leading a healthy life may have some protection. University of Galway expert Prof Dearbháile Morris cautions that the indications are preliminary, and require more…
Ruffian 23s had an offshore cruise race from Dun Laoghaire to Wicklow on Saturday
Dun Laoghaire's Shipman 28 and Ruffian 23 classes sailed an 'Offshore Cruise Race' to Wicklow Harbour on Saturday, September 10th. The combined fleets raced from DBSC Pier Mark leaving the Muglins to starboard. The boats rounded the outfall at Greystones South Beach…
The online petition calling on DLRCoCo to buy the Battery
More than 400 people have signed a petition calling on Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to buy the Battery above the Forty Foot in Sandycove. The three-bedroom home created on the site of a former Dublin Bay military installation has been…
A Canadian yacht is one of the many international visitors from 25 different countries arriving at Dun Laoghaire Marina this summer
French and Scandinavian yachts are the summer's most popular visitors to Dun Laoghaire Marina as Ireland's marine leisure capital sees a significant increase in visiting yachts since COVID-19 restrictions were lifted. The visitors included one of the world's biggest 'leisure boats', the…
Dreamship from a different world – the world-girdling Colin Archer Ketch Sandefjord in Dun Laoghaire Marina this week
There’s a small but sure glow of stardust in Dun Laoghaire Marina at the moment. Rugged stardust perhaps, but unmistakably genuine stardust nevertheless. The Norwegian gaff ketch Sandefjord, the quintessential Colin Archer-created rescue vessel of 1913 vintage which added ocean…
Jet skis operating off Sandycove on Dublin Bay last night
Dun Laoghaire Coastguard has warned of 'unacceptable behaviour' by Jet skiers close to the Dublin Bay shore. Thursday was a hive of maritime activity on the bay's south shore. The Forty Foot bathing place was thronged with swimmers in the current…
Optimists on the start line for the Harbour Fleet at the RStGYC Cruickshank Junior Regatta on Wednesday 29 July
The Royal St George Yacht Club’s Cruickshank Junior Regatta on Wednesday 27 July was hailed by the Dun Laoghaire waterfront club as “a massive success”. A total of 142 youth sailors across 64 boats in the Main Fleet and 57…
A still from the video of lighting striking the iconic Poolbeg Stacks
Twitter user Roger McMorrow captured an incredible video of lightning striking the iconic chimneys of the Poolbeg power station during a thunderstorm over Dublin Bay on Tuesday (19 July). The clinical director and consultant anaesthetist at the National Maternity Hospital…
106 crews from east coast rowing club raced in 17 races in the biggest coastal rowing regatta in DLR in 2022
Dun Laoghaire Harbour's St. Michael’s Rowing Club Regatta took place on Sunday, the 17th of July and brought together a large community of heritage skiff rowers from all along the east coast writes St. Michael’s Simone Sav Coastal rowing at…
RNLI Dun Laoghaire volunteer crew leaving the harbour aboard inshore lifeboat 'Joval'
Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI rescued a kayaker who was in the water for over 20 minutes on Saturday (2 July) after he got into difficulty off Dalkey Island. The volunteer crew were alerted shortly after 4 pm by the Irish…

Dublin Bay

Dublin Bay on the east coast of Ireland stretches over seven kilometres, from Howth Head on its northern tip to Dalkey Island in the south. It's a place most Dubliners simply take for granted, and one of the capital's least visited places. But there's more going on out there than you'd imagine.

The biggest boating centre is at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the Bay's south shore that is home to over 1,500 pleasure craft, four waterfront yacht clubs and Ireland's largest marina.

The bay is rather shallow with many sandbanks and rocky outcrops, and was notorious in the past for shipwrecks, especially when the wind was from the east. Until modern times, many ships and their passengers were lost along the treacherous coastline from Howth to Dun Laoghaire, less than a kilometre from shore.

The Bay is a C-shaped inlet of the Irish Sea and is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and 7 km in length to its apex at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south. North Bull Island is situated in the northwest part of the bay, where one of two major inshore sandbanks lie, and features a 5 km long sandy beach, Dollymount Strand, fronting an internationally recognised wildfowl reserve. Many of the rivers of Dublin reach the Irish Sea at Dublin Bay: the River Liffey, with the River Dodder flow received less than 1 km inland, River Tolka, and various smaller rivers and streams.

Dublin Bay FAQs

There are approximately ten beaches and bathing spots around Dublin Bay: Dollymount Strand; Forty Foot Bathing Place; Half Moon bathing spot; Merrion Strand; Bull Wall; Sandycove Beach; Sandymount Strand; Seapoint; Shelley Banks; Sutton, Burrow Beach

There are slipways on the north side of Dublin Bay at Clontarf, Sutton and on the southside at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, and in Dalkey at Coliemore and Bulloch Harbours.

Dublin Bay is administered by a number of Government Departments, three local authorities and several statutory agencies. Dublin Port Company is in charge of navigation on the Bay.

Dublin Bay is approximately 70 sq kilometres or 7,000 hectares. The Bay is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and seven km in length east-west to its peak at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the southside of the Bay has an East and West Pier, each one kilometre long; this is one of the largest human-made harbours in the world. There also piers or walls at the entrance to the River Liffey at Dublin city known as the Great North and South Walls. Other harbours on the Bay include Bulloch Harbour and Coliemore Harbours both at Dalkey.

There are two marinas on Dublin Bay. Ireland's largest marina with over 800 berths is on the southern shore at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The other is at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club on the River Liffey close to Dublin City.

Car and passenger Ferries operate from Dublin Port to the UK, Isle of Man and France. A passenger ferry operates from Dun Laoghaire Harbour to Howth as well as providing tourist voyages around the bay.

Dublin Bay has two Islands. Bull Island at Clontarf and Dalkey Island on the southern shore of the Bay.

The River Liffey flows through Dublin city and into the Bay. Its tributaries include the River Dodder, the River Poddle and the River Camac.

Dollymount, Burrow and Seapoint beaches

Approximately 1,500 boats from small dinghies to motorboats to ocean-going yachts. The vast majority, over 1,000, are moored at Dun Laoghaire Harbour which is Ireland's boating capital.

In 1981, UNESCO recognised the importance of Dublin Bay by designating North Bull Island as a Biosphere because of its rare and internationally important habitats and species of wildlife. To support sustainable development, UNESCO’s concept of a Biosphere has evolved to include not just areas of ecological value but also the areas around them and the communities that live and work within these areas. There have since been additional international and national designations, covering much of Dublin Bay, to ensure the protection of its water quality and biodiversity. To fulfil these broader management aims for the ecosystem, the Biosphere was expanded in 2015. The Biosphere now covers Dublin Bay, reflecting its significant environmental, economic, cultural and tourism importance, and extends to over 300km² to include the bay, the shore and nearby residential areas.

On the Southside at Dun Laoghaire, there is the National Yacht Club, Royal St. George Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club and Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club as well as Dublin Bay Sailing Club. In the city centre, there is Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club. On the Northside of Dublin, there is Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club and Sutton Dinghy Club. While not on Dublin Bay, Howth Yacht Club is the major north Dublin Sailing centre.

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