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  Sailing & Boating in and around Dún Laoghaire

Dun Laoghaire boast a long history with the sea. From the time before King Laoghaire helped St Patrick escape to Wales through to the Viking and Norman invasions and into the long years of British occupation that followed. Dun Laoghaire has had strong links with the sea since before history began, or so the stories would have you believe. On 19th of July 1898, Marconi transmitted radio signals from a tug in the bay giving details of the progress of the races in the Kingstown Regatta to his assistant who manned the receiving equipment in what is now Moran Park House. This was the first time a sporting event was ever broadcast.

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The locals of Dun Laoghaire carry the traditions of this historic seaport and still manage to maintain a fishing fleet and is even home to Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Irish Fisheries Board. The Harbour itself is noted for being one of the finest in the British Isles and itself boast three fine Victorian yacht clubs first established as far back as 1831.

There is also a fourth more modern yacht club, a number of sailing schools and charter boats available for day trips. There's a number of public slipways available in the Harbour and other close by locations to launch your boat. Unfortunately Jet Skis have recently been banned in the harbour. But the jewel in the crown must be the new marina with room for almost 750 craft.

There are many shops locally which cater for the nautical too, from chandlery and supplies to maintenance and repair, sale makers and menders. And don't forget, you can always just take a trip to Dalkey Island or rent a small boat to do a spot of fishing.

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