Summer of Celebrations – Dún Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary
A summer of celebrations are afoot…
2017 marks 200 years since the laying of the first stone that begun the work on the East Pier of Dún Laoghaire Harbour, and to honour the occasion, the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, in collaboration with dlr County Council, Faílte Ireland & Dún Laoghaire Town are hosting a series of events throughout the summer.
The celebrations will begin on 31st of May with The Opening Ceremony, which will be officiated by President Michael D Higgins & the groups Patron Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor.
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).
100,000 visitors are expected to come to Dún Laoghaire during the festivities.
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. 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”.
More info on the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary can be found here.