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A sunny June Saturday afternoon, and high water in the Tolka Estuary (with Clontarf beyond) for the new skiff and builder Patsy Whelan Jnr.
For sailing folk in Dublin Bay, coastal rowing and racing with skiffs in their many forms seem a world unto itself. As too does the Tolka Estuary, that mysterious waterway in the North City that makes it way southeast to…
Ambassador Cruise Line’s Ambition at anchorage off Dun Laoghaire Harbour this morning during its maiden call to the south Dublin Bay port with 1,189 guests on board, just shy of full capacity. Last week on a separate cruise, the ship met up with its fleetmate flagship, Ambiance, off Omaha Beach, Normandy, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landings in northern France.
UK cruise operator Ambassador Cruise Line’s Ambition made its inaugural call offshore of Dun Laoghaire Harbour this morning, having recently also anchored off the Normandy coast during the 80th Anniversary of D-Day, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 1,200 passenger cruise ship…
Election posters have been washed up on Dollymount Strand on the north side of Dublin Bay
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…
Barry Andrews MEP; Councillor Mary Hanafin; Councillor Denis O’Callaghan, Cathaoirleach, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council; Councillor Marie Baker; Ed Totterdell, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager; Councillor Carrie Smyth; Cormac Devlin TD; Harry Duggan, Harbour Master, Dún Laoghaire Harbour; Colette O'Sullivan; with RNLI crew members Nathan Burke, Andrew Sykes and James Traynor at rear
A record of the trust which was established to help bereaved families in the lifeboat disaster on Christmas Eve 1895 off Dun Laoghaire has been published digitally by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown (dlr) archive services. The Kingstown Life-Boat Disaster Fund Letter…
File image of one of the platforms used by breeding terns in Dublin Port
Dublin Port’s resident colony of terns is “thriving”, according to the wildlife charity that has been monitoring their progress for over 10 years. Helen Boland, manager of BirdWatch Ireland’s Dublin Bay Birds Project tells RTÉ News: “The numbers have been…
The Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club hosts the first of the four waterfront clubs’ 1-day regattas on Saturday 8th June
While some major regattas of a national and international variety are scheduled for Dun Laoghaire later in the “summer”, the local regatta scene gets underway in two weeks when the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club hosts the first of the…
Dublin Bay classic and traditional boats will gather on the River Liffey this weekend for a two-day boat rally at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club
So many boat events are scheduled in Ireland for this weekend that the powers-that-be should maybe take notice, and make it into the Bank Holiday that everyone seems to think it is. The official one at the beginning of May…
Cormac Lowth will be discussing and interpreting some of the many references made by James Joyce (above) to Dublin Bay and Ringsend in several of his literary works
“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…
A junior coaching session at Sutton Dinghy Club on Dublin Bay
Dublin Bay's Sutton Dinghy Club, located on Strand Road, Sutton, Dublin 13, is currently on the lookout for a passionate and dynamic Sailing Centre Manager to join their team. Established in 1940, the club has a rich history and a…
The popular Sandycove beach near Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay. Bathing water quality monitoring at Sandycove and other beaches around the coast takes place during the bathing water season (June 1st to  September 15th) according to the Environmental Protection Agency
Bathing water quality around the Irish coast was high overall last year, with 97 per cent of monitored sites meeting or exceeding the minimum standard, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says. The EPA says that some 114 bathing sites (77…
Yachts and boats dressed overall for a multi-coloured parade of sail on the River Liffey as part of the annual 'Blessing of the Boats' ceremony at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club on Sunday, May 12th. Scroll down for a photo gallery of participating boats
Up to 30 yachts and motorboats joined the annual Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club parade of sailing down the River Liffey and out into Dublin Bay on Sunday afternoon, a tribute to deceased members of the Dublin City club. The…
Dublin Port 3FM Project has published an updated overview illustration of its Maritime Village proposals
Dublin Port Company (DPC) has today announced an update on its 3FM Project. The changes proposed are a direct result of an extensive consultation process and a consideration of alternative options – a key requirement of the planning process. The…
The former Tonnerre de Breskens 3 has spent the last number of years racing in the Meditteranean as Tonnerre de Glen but will be Dublin Bay based from June under new Royal Irish Yacht Club skipper Pete Smyth
Noted Dublin Bay inshore and offshore sailor Pete Smyth of the Royal Irish Yacht Club has purchased the famous Ker 46 Tonnerre de Breskens 3 which will arrive in Dublin Bay three weeks before its first major event, the 2024…
Dublin Port Company has launched its Conservation Strategy, an ambitious document which maps the layers of Dublin Port - what’s on the floor of Dublin Bay, what’s underground on the Port estate and the heritage value of the built environment still standing. The strategy aims to put the rich legacy of Port Heritage in context and provides a framework for future planners to preserve and celebrate it across a range of initiatives, including cultural practice, community outreach and climate change action
Dublin Port Company (DPC) has mapped its rich natural, industrial, and cultural heritage in a new Conservation Strategy, which Minister of State Malcolm Noonan, TD, launched today. The ambitious document maps Dublin Port's layers, including findings on the floor of…
The spirit of Dublin Bay. Senior Skipper Tim Goodbody helming his very successful family-owned J/109 White Mischief
There’s something special about a large organisation which is so attuned to the needs of the many services it quietly provides that it can - naturally and confidently and without fuss - move into action each year in a distinctly…
Yachts on Dublin Bay - Residents and sailors in and around Dublin Bay have been asked to give their views on a “noise action plan”
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 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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