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Dublin Port (Poolbeg Marina)

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Dublin Port is on the east coast of Ireland at the heart of the capital city. Boats visiting Dublin may berth at Poolbeg Yacht Club Marina on the south side of the river immediately downstream of the East Link Bridge. Anchoring is prohibited in the harbour area.

Situated a mile and a half from the breakwater heads, the marina provides complete protection from all conditions. Likewise with a 600-metre wide entrance between two lighthouses Dublin Port offers safe access in all reasonable conditions, night and day, at any state of the tide. This is not to say there are no hazards and the dangers lie further east for a seaward approach to Dublin Bay itself. In heavy-weather seas break over the Burford and Kish Banks when it is advisable to stay well clear of them. In addition to this, a Traffic Separation Scheme has been established in Dublin Bay that leisure craft should avoid.
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The alternative berth at Dublin City Moorings, on the north side of the River Liffey after the East Link Bridge, is currently closed to the public. An issue with Dublin Port is the volume of commercial shipping traffic servicing the capital that must be circumvented in the narrow confines of the river. There are twenty or more ferry movements a day, plus freight, so the helmsman should be watchful for shipping movements. The run-up from the entrance must be undertaken under power as sailing in the harbour area is prohibited.

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Keyfacts for Dublin Port (Poolbeg Marina)
Water available via tapDiesel fuel available alongsideMini-supermarket or supermarket availableExtensive shopping available in the areaSlipway availableShore power available alongsideShore based toilet facilitiesShowers available in the vicinity or by arrangementHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the areaCashpoint or bank available in the areaPost Office in the areaInternet café in the areaInternet via a wireless access point availableDoctor or hospital in the areaPharmacy in the areaChandlery available in the areaMSD (marine sanitation device) pump out facilitiesBus service available in the areaTrain or tram service available in the areaRegional or international airport within 25 kilometresCar hire available in the areaTourist Information office availableShore based family recreation in the area

Marina or pontoon berthing facilitiesVisitors moorings available, or possibly by club arrangementNavigation lights to support a night approachSailing Club baseUrban nature,  anything from a small town of more 5,000 inhabitants  to a large cityHistoric, geographic or culturally significant location; or in the immediate vicinity

Note: Traffic Separation Scheme nearbyNote: could be two hours or more from the main waterwaysNote: harbour fees may be charged

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
Minimum depth
7 metres (22.97 feet).

5 stars: Safe access; all reasonable conditions.
5 stars: Complete protection; all-round shelter in all reasonable conditions.

Last modified
July 18th 2018


A completely protected location with safe access.

Water available via tapDiesel fuel available alongsideMini-supermarket or supermarket availableExtensive shopping available in the areaSlipway availableShore power available alongsideShore based toilet facilitiesShowers available in the vicinity or by arrangementHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the areaCashpoint or bank available in the areaPost Office in the areaInternet café in the areaInternet via a wireless access point availableDoctor or hospital in the areaPharmacy in the areaChandlery available in the areaMSD (marine sanitation device) pump out facilitiesBus service available in the areaTrain or tram service available in the areaRegional or international airport within 25 kilometresCar hire available in the areaTourist Information office availableShore based family recreation in the area

Marina or pontoon berthing facilitiesVisitors moorings available, or possibly by club arrangementNavigation lights to support a night approachSailing Club baseUrban nature,  anything from a small town of more 5,000 inhabitants  to a large cityHistoric, geographic or culturally significant location; or in the immediate vicinity

Note: Traffic Separation Scheme nearbyNote: could be two hours or more from the main waterwaysNote: harbour fees may be charged

Position and approaches
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Haven position

53° 20.647' N, 006° 13.074' W

This is in the position of the outer pontoon of Poolbeg Marina.

What is the initial fix?

The following Dublin Port initial fix will set up a final approach:
53° 20.287' N, 006° 5.546' W
This position is the first starboard hand Dublin channel marker Fl (3) G.5s that is situated approximately one mile east of the entrance.

What are the key points of the approach?

Offshore details are available in eastern Ireland’s Coastal Overview for Strangford Lough to Dublin Bay Route location. Details for vessels approaching from the south are available in eastern Ireland’s Coastal Overview for Dublin Bay to Rosslare Harbour Route location.

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Click the 'Next' and 'Previous' buttons to progress through neighbouring havens in a coastal 'clockwise' or 'anti-clockwise' sequence. Below are the ten nearest havens to Dublin Port (Poolbeg Marina) for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Dún Laoghaire Harbour - 2.4 miles SE
  2. Howth - 3.8 miles ENE
  3. Balscadden Bay - 3.9 miles ENE
  4. Dalkey Sound - 3.9 miles SE
  5. Sorrento Point - 3.9 miles SE
  6. Carrigeen Bay - 3.9 miles NE
  7. Malahide - 4.4 miles NNE
  8. Bray Harbour - 5.7 miles SSE
  9. Rogerstown Inlet - 6.6 miles NNE
  10. Talbot’s Bay - 6.7 miles NE
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Dún Laoghaire Harbour - 2.4 miles SE
  2. Howth - 3.8 miles ENE
  3. Balscadden Bay - 3.9 miles ENE
  4. Dalkey Sound - 3.9 miles SE
  5. Sorrento Point - 3.9 miles SE
  6. Carrigeen Bay - 3.9 miles NE
  7. Malahide - 4.4 miles NNE
  8. Bray Harbour - 5.7 miles SSE
  9. Rogerstown Inlet - 6.6 miles NNE
  10. Talbot’s Bay - 6.7 miles NE
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How to get in?

Port of Dublin lies at the head of Dublin Bay and is both the capital and the largest city in the Irish Republic. The River Liffey flows through the middle of the city with the capital built along both of its banks. Dublin is a major seaport with a terminal for vehicle and passenger ferries plus facilities, ro-ro vessels, tanker, and bulk containers. Poolbeg Yacht Club & Marina is situated 2.3 miles from the entrance and has unimpeded access to the sea, so a vessel may come straight in without restriction.

Convergance Point Dublin Bay is unmistakable from seaward, situated between Dalkey Island on the south and the ‘Hill of Howth’ on the north. It is about 5.8 miles wide and 6 miles deep and the head of the bay is filled with extensive sand-banks through which the River Liffey flows into the sea. This is guided by long walls with pierhead lights. Dublin Port and city are situated at the mouth of the river. The ‘Hill of Howth’, abruptly rising on the north side of the bay, forms the most prominent natural feature when approaching Dublin Bay from the sea. Dún Laoghaire Harbour plus the Killiney Hills will be seen to the south closer in. The coast is comparatively low on the southern side backed by hills which rise to a height of 500 metres within 5 miles of the shore.

Once in the Bay, the path of approach to Dublin Port is very easily located as a result of the twin Poolbeg power station chimneys situated on the south bank of the river about 1.5 miles above the harbour entrance. The two conspicuous 210 metres high chimneys stand close together and have red with white painted bands. Beneath them is the large complex of an electricity generating station. At night red aeronautical lights show from the top of the chimneys at a height of 85 metres along with fixed red lights at intermediate heights.

Dublin Bay Traffic Separation Scheme

To cater for the amount of commercial traffic transiting the bay a Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) has been established within the bay area. This involves a pair of separation lanes that run on either side, north and south of the Burford Bank immediately adjacent to the bank’s cardinal marks. Yachts must not navigate in the traffic separation fairways.

North Burford – North Cardinal Q position: 53° 20.507' N, 006° 1.493' W

South Burford – South Cardinal VQ (6) + LFl 10s position: 53° 18.060' N, 006° 1.298' W

The High-Speed Service out of Dún Laoghaire Harbour takes a direct line from Dún Laoghaire to the South Burford Cardinal mark and then to the Kish Bank Light. It is advised that all yachts keep well clear of this route in the early afternoon.

It is advised that southern approaching vessels pass into the bay within the area of two miles to the northeast of Dalkey Island, and a northern approaching vessel enter in the area a mile to the southeast of the Bailey Light. If it becomes necessary to cross the traffic separation scheme fairway a vessel must drop sails and do so at right angles under power.

In the area between Burford Bank and the Liffey entrance, the Dublin Bay safe water mark acts as a roundabout. All vessels entering or leaving are required to do so by way of this buoy; westbound ships go north of the Dublin Bay safe water mark and eastbound go to the south.

Dublin Bay – Safe Water Mark Mo (A) 10s Racon (M) A/S position: 53° 19.894' N, 006° 4.666' W

As such the westbound ships passing to the north of Dublin Bay’s safe water mark have to negotiate the narrow 300 metre wide channel between the Dublin Bay safe water mark and the Rosbeg South Cardinal mark. This is particularly confined so a yacht must entirely avoid this channel whenever westbound (inbound) shipping is using it.

Rosbeg South – South Cardinal Q (6) + L Fl 15s position: 53° 20.382' N, 006° 4.331' W

Conversely eastbound (outbound) shipping sail south of the Dublin Bay safe water mark in open water. With no sandbanks to constrain them, they can take almost any course. In this situation power usually gives way to sail but common sense suggests keeping clear of shipping whenever possible.

Initial fix location The entrance channel commences from the area of the initial fix, adjacent to the No. 1 Fairway Light starboard buoy. The buoys lead across Dublin Bay for a distance of 2 miles to the harbour entrance between the North Bull [green], on the north side of the entrance, and Poolbeg [red tower], on the south side, that will have been made readily apparent in the bay area for many miles.
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Vessels approaching at angles should keep an eye out for yacht racing buoys located near the harbour entrance.

The harbour masters Dublin Bay Guidance Notes for Leisure Craft instructs leisure craft to stay out of the fairway [the main shipping channel that commences at the 'Safe Water Mark' in the centre of Dublin Bay and terminating at the entrance to the Liffey] by remaining outside of the buoyed channel. If it is necessary to cross this fairway, check that it is entirely free of commercial shipping and cross at a right angle. Once inside the Liffey, it further instructs leisure vessels to approach to the north side of the channel starboard marks (as required by normal COLREGS for buoyed channels) for the passage up the Liffey, only crossing the channel when safe to do so abreast of the Poolbeg Generation Station. During the passage up the Liffey, it is requested that vessels should maintain a listening watch for traffic information from Dublin Port V.T.S on VHF Channel 12, the port working frequency, taking care to assure the volume is high enough to be heard above the engine noise. A hand-held or binnacle-mounted remote VHF is essential. As this is Dublin Port’s primary working channel, used to manage port traffic, they ask users to avoid unnecessary communication on the channel and indicate that vessels should only contact them in the event of observing difficulties. In the event of being contacted a vessel should immediately obey any instructions given by Dublin Port VTS; they are just as interested in leisure boat safety as that of commercial shipping.

In practice, however, they prefer all newcomers, or non-regular visitors that are less familiar with the port, to call in to ‘Dublin VTS’ and state their intentions on Channel 12 prior to entering the Liffey. VTS say that their worst situation is a visiting vessel coming down the Liffey unsure of the exact procedures and out of contact.

There is, however, a local procedure that avoids crossing the Liffey at the Poolbeg Power Station. It is used by all local boats and may also be used by visitors too. Proceed to the Poolbeg Lighthouse and then remain just south of the channels red port hand lateral marks all the way up to the Poolbeg Sailing Club. Do not stray too far south from the line of red buoys since it is very shoal. As a visitor, you must indicate to VTS on CH 12 that you know the procedure. The protocol is as follows and should be carried out when approaching the Poolbeg Light.
'Yacht [name] to Dublin VTS’ approaching Poolbeg Lighthouse clear of the channel. Will proceed on the south side of the Liffey, south of the port hand marks and clear of the channel to Poolbeg Yacht Club'.

Dublin VTS will respond and approve. A Dublin VTS notification should also be adhered to when leaving Dublin Port.
“Dublin VTS, yacht [name] proceeding from Poolbeg Sailing Club, south of the buoyed channel to Poolbeg Light”

The 20 metres high Poolbeg Light stands at the head of the south breakwater or ‘The Great South Wall’. This wall never covers and is very popular for fishing and walking.

Poolbeg - Oc. (2) R 20s20m15M position: 53° 20.520’N, 006° 09.020’W 

The North Bull Light is 15 metres high and stands at the head of the north breakwater. ‘The Bull Wall’ leading to the North Bull lighthouse, notably designed by Captain Bligh during his Dublin tenure, covers at high water.

North Bull - Fl. (3) G10s 15m 15M position: 53° 20.690’N, 006° 08.920’W

From the entrance a further 11-metre high tower will be seen situated 0.9 miles west, about halfway to the first of the quays. This is the North Bank Light mounted on concrete pillars and coloured green. It is locally known as "The Tea Caddy" and it marks the north side of the channel.

North Bank – Tower Oc.G.8s.16M position: 53° 20.684'N, 006° 10.537'W

The entrance to the Liffey can be a bit lumpy in a wind over tide situation but this should not be much of an issue for the average cruising yacht. Between the heads, the channel is about 215 metres wide and dredged to a depth of 7.8 metres. The dredged channel is 140 metres wide at its narrowest point as far as Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club & Marina and is well marked by numbered light buoys on each side.

Once inside the Liffey yachts must operate under power, but may additionally raise sails outside the channel but not in the channel. From the entrance to the Poolbeg Generating Station inbound leisure craft should keep just outside of the line of the buoys marking the commercial channel, but close outside as it gets shallow very quickly.

Those passing close outside the north side of the channel should pass south of North Bank tower. Then at Poolbeg Generating Station leisure craft should cross at right angles, when it is safe to do so, to the south side of the channel, and continue to the marina as far in as is practicable to the south side.
Please note

Keep clear of all shipping and maintain a sharp lookout at all times, particularly so astern, as ships can quietly come upon a vessel during the run upriver.

Haven location Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club & Marina is on the south side of the river, immediately upstream of the Container Terminal and just before the East Link Bridge.

It is opposite the black and white lighthouse marking the entrance to the Alexandra Basin.

The marina basin has 2.4 metres CD so there is sufficient depth for most vessels at all stages of the tide. It provides 100, fully serviced, secure berths for motor and sailboats of up to 20 metres.

Dublin City Moorings

At the time of update [2014] the further upstream and alternative option, the ‘Dublin City Moorings’, are closed to visiting yachts. The Brig ‘Jeanie Johnson’ is still accessible.

Access to the Dublin City Moorings requires two synchronized bridge lifts; the East Link and Samuel Beckett bridges. The East Link has a vertical clearance of 2.2 metres (HWS), 6.3 metres (LAT) when closed so a sailing yacht would require a bridge lift to pass upstream. The piers on either side of the 31-metre lifting span are painted bright orange so you can clearly see where you pass before the bridge lifts.

If a berth should come available again Dublin VTS should be informed and they will call back with instructions and the time at which the bridges will open. These are typically Monday to Friday 1100, 1500, 2100 but the time of raising is at their discretion. Give some thought to the following day too – arrange your lift to get out at the same time so as to avoid being trapped on the wrong side.

Why visit here?
Dublin derives its name Dubhlinn, or Duibhlinn, that are made up of the elements Dubh, meaning ‘black’ and Linn meaning ‘pool’ or ‘black-pool’. The name stemmed from dark bog waters that once drained into the original river anchorage making it a “black pool”. The modern Irish name for the city is Baile Átha Cliath, meaning "town of the hurdled ford" referring to a fording point over the River Liffey that existed near the present Father Matthew Bridge.

Baile Átha Cliath was then an early Christian monastery, but human habitation of the area dates back to prehistoric times. This is well evidenced by having four of Ireland’s five ancient great roads converging very close to the location of Baile Átha Cliath. Possibly the earliest reference to a settlement in Dublin appeared in Ptolemy’s, the Greco-Roman astronomer and cartographer, AD 140 Geōgraphikē hyphēgēsis, ‘Guide to Geography’. In it he called the settlement Eblana Civitas.

Yet, despite these indications of more than 2,000 years of habitation, the first settlement for which there is historical proof was not to be Celtic but Norse. The well-protected sea opening, at the head of the large bay that leads in through the mountains to the fruitful Irish central plains, Dublin could not have been more ideal for the Norse raiders. In about 831 they built a settlement in an area now known as Wood Quay. This was on the River Poddle which was a tributary of the Liffey, and the Dubhlinn was then a small lake used to moor boats. The Poddle connected the lake with the Liffey but was subsequently covered over when the city was extensively developed during the early 18th century. They also built a settlement and fort on the ridge above the river’s south bank where Dublin Castle was to rise 400 years later. They ruled here for almost three centuries establishing one of Europe’s largest slave markets. Throughout this time they fended off Irish counter attacks until they were defeated on the north shore of the bay by the Irish High King Brian Boru in the 1014 Battle Of Clontarf. They nevertheless reoccupied the town and re-established themselves albeit with the Norse kings reduced to being earls under the new Irish overlords.

Although founded as a Viking settlement Dublin went on to become Ireland's principal city after the Normans took control. Strongbow, the 2nd Earl of Pembroke and leader of the invasion, captured the city in 1170. Alarmed for fear that Strongbow and his generals would claim Ireland for their own, Henry II King of England landed in Ireland the following year with a large army to affirm his sovereignty. In Dublin, they set about removing the Norse strongholds and in 1204, on the orders of King John of England raised a typical Norman château-fort, Dublin Castle, to consolidate their power. Founded as a major defensive work for the defence of the city, the administration of justice, and the protection of the King's treasure, the castle was largely complete by 1230. It became the centre of Norman power in Ireland and was key to Dublin’s development, establishing it as the centre of government.

Around the castle and national seat of government a walled town began to establish itself. In the following half century it saw off an attempt to capture it by the Scottish King Robert I in 1317, suppressed three uprisings, and in the decade following 1348 endured the Black Death, a lethal plague which had ravaged Europe. Throughout this time the town prospered as a centre for trade. Yet, under constant threat from the surrounding native clans, it remained a relatively small walled medieval town as late as the middle of the 17th century. By then Dublin was part of a narrow strip of English settlement along the eastern seaboard known as ‘The Pale’. It was then the only part of Ireland that remained subject to the English king. Most of the island was only paying token recognition to the overlordship of the crown.

The 16th century Tudor conquest of Ireland spelt the beginning of a new era for Dublin. Dublin and the surviving Pale at the time were used as the crown's main military base and the city enjoyed a renewed prominence as the centre of administrative rule in Ireland. Determined to make Dublin a Protestant city, Queen Elizabeth I established Trinity College in 1592 as a solely Protestant university and ordered the Catholic St. Patrick's and Christ Church cathedrals be converted to Protestant churches. By the time of the Reformation, Dublin had become largely Protestant. During the English Civil Wars, the city defenders surrendered the city to Oliver Cromwell’s English parliamentary army when they landed in 1649. In 1689 James II held his last Parliament in Dublin, and after winning the ‘Battle of the Boyne’, William III entered the city as the new King in 1690. But the Dublin he entered was not faring well. The plague in 1649–51 wiped out almost half of the city's inhabitants leaving a population of only about 9,000 and the town was largely in a state of collapse. Even its central castle had been described by Cromwell as being, “the worst in Christendom.”

From this low point, the city underwent a remarkable resurgence before the Act of Union in 1800. It briefly became the second largest city in the British Empire and the fifth largest city in Europe. The growth was propelled by an influx of thousands of refugee French Protestant (Huguenots) weavers. They came here after the 1685 revocation of the Edict of Nantes that had curtailed their rights. In their wake came Flemish weavers, then English, and soon the cloth trades were flourishing. Following a decisive military defeat of the native Irish, a new English Protestant establishment became Dublin’s ruling elite. Known as ‘The Ascendancy’ they were made up of soldiers, officials, settlers, and artisans who arrived in substantial numbers from England, displacing the previously dominant Catholic patrician families.

The wealthy aristocratic elite employed a network of fine craftsmen, luxury goods sellers, and aesthetic, cultural, and intellectual endeavours. With them, Dublin grew rapidly as a commercial, administrative, and industrial centre. The economic prosperity led to wholesale development with one of the most vibrant sectors being the construction industry. Dublin, as we know it today, was built in the 18th century. The city they built extended beyond the old medieval walls establishing new suburbs to the north and east with connecting bridges along the river. They built broad streets and garden squares with a sense of space, order and beauty. The trademark Georgian red brick houses ranged in squares and long terraces, were built with well-proportioned windows. In between they included plenty of parks, and the most notable amongst them Phoenix Park, is to this day Europe’s largest enclosed urban park.

This was Dublin’s culturally richest period and it was widely regarded as a colourful, fashionable city of elegance and wit. But this was all the reserve of ‘The Ascendancy’; it was something very different for Roman Catholics who constituted the majority of the city’s population. They endured ‘The Ascendancies’ Penal Laws. These laws were a series of harsh discriminatory measures against Catholics and Presbyterians. They included laws of disenfranchisement, restrictions on property ownership, educational obstructions and other constraints to thwart Catholics entering the professions. As a result, the majority population was impoverished and degraded.

But the city's seminal years were about to come to an abrupt end in 1801. Then the ‘Acts of Union’ created the ‘United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland’ and merged the British and Irish legislatures into a single Parliament of the United Kingdom. With Dublin’s ‘Parliament of Ireland’ abolished Irish representatives were thereafter sent to the British Parliament to serve. With no governmental duties to compel a local presence, the leading figures of the Ascendancy moved from their Dublin mansions to London. Wealthy aristocrats followed and the city fell into a decline from which it did not recover for 150 years. The Industrial Revolution that was then transforming England, passed it by. Ireland had no significant sources of coal, the fuel of the time, and Dublin, unlike Belfast, was not a centre of ship manufacturing, the other main driver of industrial development. The city remained the centre of administration and a national transport hub.

Although it remained modestly prosperous on the surface, Dublin was festering underneath. Dublin had some of the worst slums in Europe and its jails overflowed with debtors owing to punitive bankruptcy laws. Dispossessed peasants crowded into the Georgian houses that owners rented out piecemeal. The vast majority of extended families lived in single rooms reducing the cities once elegant structures to slums. The overcrowding and overwhelming poverty intensified during the Irish Potato Famine of 1845–49, when after the collapse of smallholdings, the countryside sent tens of thousands more starving families flocking to the city. Infant and child mortality rates were uncommonly high, with tuberculosis constituting a particular scourge. Sanitation and hygiene were practically non-existent. This and a series of strikes in 1913 had paralysed the city, culminating eventually in rebellion in 1916.

Commencing on Easter Monday 24 April 1916 the ‘Easter Rising’ was the most significant uprising in Ireland since the rebellion of 1798. It was almost an entirely Dublin focused armed insurrection with some lesser scattered events across the country. It was lead by a schoolmaster and Irish language activist Patrick Pearse, who was joined by the smaller Irish Citizen Army of James Connolly, along with 200 members of Cumann na mBan an Irish republican women's paramilitary organisation. They seized key Dublin locations and proclaimed the Irish Republic independent of the United Kingdom. With vastly superior numbers and artillery, the British army quickly suppressed the rising within six days. Defeated, the surviving rebels were marched through the streets of Dublin. Here the Volunteers were hissed at, pelted with refuse, and denounced as "murderers" and "starvers of the people" to the jeers and abuse of the largely lower class populace. To their eyes, they were troublemakers who caused wholesale destruction of the capital and entirely halted the commerce and industry that kept them alive. This included food supplies that put a quarter of the city’s population on public relief. They saw the rebels as vandals especially when the 1912 Home Rule Bill had set on track a slow path to devolution, albeit temporarily delayed as a result of the war.

But the United Kingdom, heavily engaged in World War I, then handled the revolt badly. Within 10 days they executed the leaders, largely poets and dreamers, commenced mass imprisonment of those remotely thought to be implicated and established martial law in Dublin. The shock of the aftermath roused the nationalist fervour that the rebellion itself had failed to ignite. Revolutions across Europe further emboldened a new swell of Irish revolutionaries. The following Irish War of Independence and the subsequent Irish Civil War resulted in a significant amount of bloodshed and physical destruction in central Dublin. But through this process Dublin re-established itself again as the capital of the Irish Republic from 1919– 1922, and following the 1922 partition of Ireland the capital of the Irish Free State through to 1949; and since then the capital of the Republic of Ireland. The Government of the Irish Free State rebuilt the city centre and located the new parliament, the Oireachtas, in Leinster House.

Though Dublin has undergone modernization, most notably during the Celtic Tiger period, in some areas, such as the narrow and winding streets of the Temple Bar district west of Trinity College, a strong sense of history and of a centuries-old capital pervades. The city has a faded grandeur that lends it a comfortable ‘worn-in’ feeling. Being the birthplace of Jonathan Swift, Oliver Goldsmith, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, Sean O'Casey and Samuel Beckett, it is steeped in culture. This rich and turbulent mixture of history and culture has shaped the city as much as its citizens. Dubliners are world renowned for friendliness and being always up for the craic, pronounced “crack”. Far from being anything illicit craic is aptly derived from the old English ‘crack’ meaning a ‘pop’ or ‘small explosion’, as in a firework, purely for mirth or fun. In discussion, it will be a found to be a mixture of banter, humour, astuteness, an acerbic and deflating insight that has attracted writers, intellectuals, and visitors to this warm and welcoming city for centuries.

From a purely boating perspective, Poolbeg offers little when compared to Dún Laoghaire or Howth that have excellent transport links into the centre. But Poolbeg uniquely provides for the opportunity to berth at the heart of one of the most vibrant capital cities of Europe. Visitors here should visit the Dublin Tourist Centre, formerly St. Andrews Church, 1 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2 or explore the visit Dublin site in advance to plan how to get the most out of a visit to the capital.

What facilities are available?
Dublin is the capital city of Ireland and as such has everything you would need right at hand. 

In boating terms diesel fuel is available alongside at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club, bottled gas is available in Dublin City, and groceries can be brought to the marina by taxi. Water and electricity are available on the marina pontoons, shower and toilet facilities are located by the Clubhouse bar. Poolbeg is located in an off the beat industrial docklands area of the city. Ringsend and Irishtown are however within walking range where there are small shops, cafes and bars, but the centre of Dublin is about a 2 km walk. As it is an industrial area you are better off to order a taxi in advance.

Busaras, the Central Bus Station, is in Beresford Place just behind the Customs House Building. This offers services to Dublin airport every 20 minutes, which is approximately 15 KM north of the river, and also national bus services. Irish Ferries to Holyhead are available from Dublin Port and Dun Laoghaire (via Dart). The Blue Aircoach bus leaves the Maldron Hotel (Cardiff Lane) nearby for the airport every 20/30 minutes.

Dublin is served by an extensive network of nearly 200 bus routes which serve all areas of the city and suburbs. A "Real Time Passenger Information" system was introduced at 'Dublin Bus' bus stops in 2012. Electronically displayed signs relay information about the time of the next bus arrival based on its' GPS determined position.

Heuston and Connolly stations are the two main railway stations in Dublin. Operated by Iarnród Éireann, the Dublin Suburban Rail network consists of five railway lines serving the Greater Dublin Area and commuter towns such as Drogheda and Dundalk in County Louth. One of these lines is the electrified Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) line, which runs primarily along the coast of Dublin, from Malahide and Howth southwards as far as Greystones in County Wicklow. The Luas is a light rail system, run by Veolia Transport with a network that consists of two lines; the Red Line links the Docklands and city centre with the south-western suburbs, while the Green Line connects the city centre with suburbs to the south of the city.

Dublinbikes is a self-service bicycle rental scheme that consists of 550 French-made unisex bicycles stationed at 44 terminals throughout the city centre. A 3 Day Ticket costs €2 with the first 30 minutes of use free, but after that, a service charge depending on the extra length of use applies.

Any security concerns?
Both berthing facilities are secure with swipe card activated locked gates and CCTV surveillance.

With thanks to:
Francis Butler local sailor.

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Dale Smith wrote this review on Sep 8th 2013:

According to an email received from info@dublindocklands.com on 3rd September 2013, the dock at Dublin City Moorings is no longer in operation.

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