The journey to Dublin involved lighthouses with intriguing names: first the Haulbowline light at the entrance to Carlingford, then Rockabill, off the Skerries islands then the Baily of Howth light as we rounded the Ben of Howth into Dublin bay. By nightfall we had squeezed into the only vacant space at the friendly Poolbeg Yacht Club, opposite cruise ships and container vessels in Ireland’s busiest port.
Article – Taming the Dangerous Bay
Dublin wasn’t always a dominant capital city and major port. Its bay was shallow, exposed and prone to silting up. Shipwrecks were common. Cue the skill of the lighthouse-builders, and the ingenuity of inventors and civil engineers. It was controversial and difficult but in time they devised new ways to build the lights and walls that now welcome ships to a safe deep-water port. In this article, Port Heritage Director Lar Joye and Irish Lights CEO Yvonne Shields O’Connor describe how Dublin became the jewel in Ireland’s crown.
Podcast – Around These Islands in 12 Ports
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Photos and impressions
On our public Facebook page you can see what it’s like sailing into Dublin port or take in the panoramic view of Ireland’s Eye from the Ben of Howth. On Twitter you can view some of our #DailySky images from our time in this vibrant city.