Tourism Events 2017

Dun Laoghaire Harbour to welcome 100,000 visitors to celebrate Bicentenary

Dún Laoghaire is set for a summer of celebrations to mark the Harbours 200th anniversary!

Dun Laoghaire is set for a summer of celebrations to mark the Harbours 200th anniversary. The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary Steering Group has announced its programme of activities to coincide with the milestone event.

The Opening Ceremony will be officiated by President Michael D Higgins & the groups Patron Minister Mary Mitchell O Connor on 31st May. Other featured events include an International Harbour Food Festival featuring over 25 unique vendors (4th & 5th June), a live Viking Invasion re-enactment with longboats as seen on the hit TV Show ‘Vikings’ (20th August) and The Kingstown 200 Classic Boat Race (8th July). 

We envision 100,000 of visitors to the harbour this summer to enjoy the variety of free public events. The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company in collaboration with a range of local stakeholders have put in place a schedule of exhibitions, workshops, lectures and events to mark the Bicentenary.

 Gerry Dunne, CEO of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company: said

The programme of events throughout the summer reflects the cultural and historical role the harbour has played not just in Dun Laoghaire but in its wider environs over the past 200 years”. Thanking all those who worked tirelessly on the project, Mr Dunne said “the Bicentenary will bring a welcome boost to the local economy and reinforce the sense of public pride in one of the country’s greatest landmarks

Bloomsday Festival June 10th - 16th June in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown!

What is Bloomsday?

Bloomsday celebrates Thursday 16 June 1904, the day depicted in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses. The novel follows the life and thoughts of Leopold Bloom and a host of other characters – real and fictional – from 8am on 16 June 1904 through to the early hours of the following morning.

Celebrations often include dressing up like characters from the book and in clothes that would have been the style of the era. One of the hallmark fancy dress items of Bloomsday is the straw boater hat. Celebrations come in many different forms like readings, performances and visiting the places and establishments referenced in the book.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Local Enterprise Office would like to present a series of events that are taking place in Dún Laoghaire, Glasthule, Sandycove and Dalkey! Join in on the fun, it is going to be a great few days!

Download Brochure of Bloomsday Events in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown here!

Download the Map of events here!

Bloomsday Page 1

Bloomsday Brochure Page 2