Richard Toutcher – the case for a memorial

The very existence of Dún Laoghaire Harbour and it’s specific location owes more to Richard Toutcher (1758-1841) than to any other man. In turn, the town developed around the harbour. Toutcher was a man of great foresight, a tenacious organiser, a philanthropist, who challenged the authorities, developed the concept of the harbour, organised public opinion… Read more »

People on the Pier – Photo Exhibition Projection

DLR Lexicon have finalised arrangements for many of the photos from the People on the Pier collection to be beamed on to the exterior wall of dlr LexIcon on 6th December. The larger than life photos will be projected horizontally along the facade in a blaze of light and colour with launch and some light refreshments beforehand… Read more »

The Last voyage of the Leinster – Book Launch

Press Release | 10 November  RMS Leinster Centenary Book Launched in Dun Laoghaire by Holyhead Mayor and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Cathaoirleach Relatives of victims and survivors of the Dun Laoghaire – Holyhead mail boat Leinster were joined on Thursday night by the Mayor of Holyhead Cllr Ann Kennedy, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Tom Murphy, and representatives… Read more »

Dunleary Lifeboat Project

The DunLeary Lifeboat arrived in Dun Laoghaire Harbour boat yard beside the West Pier on Tues 15th August 2017. Dunleary Lifeboat Project was set up to acquire the registered historic lifeboat named the ‘Dunleary‘ which was on service in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland (formally Kingstown) from 1919 – 1937. The group plan to restore… Read more »

An Extraordinary Dun Laoghaire Mariner

For every Naval Officer, Captain, Mate or other ships officer for whom official records are discoverable in repositories in the UK and Ireland, there were significantly more boatswains, able seamen, ordinary seamen, cooks, stewards, firemen and trimmers, donkeymen, greasers, lamp trimmers and cabin boys, whose life histories were rarely fully recorded and thus fade into… Read more »

The Construction of Dun Laoghaire Harbour

In recognition of the immense contribution of those who built Dún Laoghaire Harbour between 1817 and 1842, the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company dedicated public space created around the restored Victorian Fountain to the memory of these largely forgotten workers. Over a period of approximately twenty five years, up to one thousand workers each year laboured… Read more »

Dún Laoghaire’s Fishing Fleet in the 1960’s

During the nineteenth century Dún Laoghaire was an active fishing port and its vessels competed with Howth and Ringsend on the rich fishing grounds in Dublin Bay. Though the fisheries in the Bay declined, a revival in the 1960’s saw twenty or more trawlers operating from Traders Wharf, crewed by 4 – 6 men depending… Read more »

One of the last trains to leave Carlisle Pier – 1980

The Carlisle Pier spur railway line with platform was established in 1859. This picture of a C class Engine type Number 218 (Bo-Bo wheel formation) (The timetable was arranged so that one could arrive at the city terminus – Westland Row – thirty-five minutes before sailing time and still catch the departing ship) The trains stopped… Read more »

The Essex Hulk – Donal O Sullivan

 The Essex Hulk The Essex in Ireland 1824 – 1837 The Essex had been a distinguished American 32 gun frigate built in Salem, Massachusetts in 1799 for the then young American navy. After fighting against the British in the Pacific, and also against British whalers there, it was captured in 1814 off Valparaiso in Chile… Read more »