18th December

Rally against cruise berth proposal

Opponents to the proposed 390m cruise berth in Dún Laoghaire Harbour arrived by foot and by boat to the East Pier yesterday. 

Organised by Save our Seafront, the rally heard that the future of the harbour 'hangs in the balance' as Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company pushes forward plans to provide berthage for super sized cruise ships up to 320m long.

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Protesters against the planned 390m cruise berth gathered on the East Pier of Dún Laoghaire and as a flotilla. Photo Gillian Mills  

Claiming the plan is a 'dangerous financial gamble', the group believes it is linked to a proposal to build 'hundreds of exclusive' apartments on St Micchael's Wharf thereby privatising large parts of the harbour.

Read more: Rally against cruise berth proposal

Dromod Marina - the jewel of the River Shannon

Described as the finest mooring facility on the River Shannon which itself enjoys acclaim throughout Europe as a premier crusing destination, the Waterfront Marina in Dromod, Co Leitrim, is under new ownership having been bought by local couple Paul & Patsy Garland.

Dromod Marina

Built in 1997, the marina offers over 50 berths in a mix of 50:50 sports boats and cruisers. It enjoys a full and active season of cruises in company and rallies, supported by full chandlery facilities, valeting and storage (with Smartphone CCTV surveillance), along with informal events, BBQs and other social events.

The North Shannon Power Boat School also runs courses in boat handling where participants can progress from novice to full International Certificate of Competence, allowing the holder to navigate craft up to 20m and 80t within Europe.

The Garland family are no strangers to the Shannon. Paul is a Past President of Inland Waterways Association of Ireland and is an Irish Sailing Association Senior Powerboat and Cruiser instructor.

Patsy has many years involvement with the Shannon as a former commodore of the Shannon Boat Rally and watch leader on Ireland's former sail training vessel, Asgard II.

"The future of the marina is in good hands," remarked Paul. "It is for the enjoyment of berth holders and their families, and we will do all we can to improve that experience."

Described by Joyce as ‘snot green', just how green in the sea?

The 70ft classic steel schooner, Spirit of Oysterhaven, is sailing around the island of Ireland throughout the summer (weather permitting) and is participating in the international Citclops Citizen Science Seawater Project.

In late June on sunny day, the crew of three and 10 teenage trainees set sail from Drogheda, Co Louth, bound for Cobh, Co Cork. Discussing the sea beneath the vessel the consensus was that the water was ‘cold, quite clear and bluish, blue green, or greenish’.

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Trainees onboard Spirit of Oysterhaven with iconic Fastnet Lighthouse in the background

A new Citclops app (www.citclops.eu ) and Coastwatch methods were tested to give more precise observations. Jonno lowered a white Secchi disc into the water on a long rope which sank two metres and disappeared from sight.

Read more: Described by Joyce as ‘snot green', just how green in the sea?

No plain sailing for major cruise berth project at Dún Laoghaire

Independent councillor for Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown, Victor Boyhan, is calling for an oral hearing of a planning application for a major cruise berth terminal, lodged today by Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company.

The eight-year, €18m strategic infrastructure development, comprising a 435m pier with an underpass, ancillary site and landscape works, will accommodate ‘next generation cruise ships’, according to the Dún Laoghaire Stakeholder Group.

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Dredging to create an approach channel and turning circle would be an ongoing process, a public meeting heard. Photo Gillian Mills

To qualify as an SID, a proposed development must first come within the scope of one or more of the classes outlined in the 7th Schedule to the 2000 Act, and comply with the thresholds contained therein.

Read more: No plain sailing for major cruise berth project at Dún Laoghaire

Cruise berth consultation for Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

The Dún Laoghaire Stakeholder Group is seeking the views of harbour stakeholders and the general public on plans to develop cruise berthing facilities in the harbour.

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Dún Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholders Group contends the town would benefit from passenger disembarkation onto a quay instead of tender transfer. Photo Gillian Mills

The Dún Laogahaire Harbour Masterplan 2011 identified the need to develop strategies for the long-term future of the harbour against a backdrop of ceased ferry traffic.

Read more: Cruise berth consultation for Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

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