Harbourside – Dun Laoghaire

Penny W-T By Penny W-T, 1st Jul 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2jekhc7m/
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I love travelling to Ireland on the ferryboats. My favourite crossing is from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire. So join me on one of my return journeys home to England from this lovely port . . . .

At the Port

Follow the coast road from Dublin southwards to the main seaport into the country and find the road winding into Dun Laoghaire. The port is a hub of activity with ferries arriving and departing several times a day, around the clock. It takes up space - waiting areas to embark, car parks around the edges, ticket booths in a line to allow entrance - lines and lines of vehicles all with one intent. The building is modern and huge, concrete and glass, barrel style roofing and sky walkways that loom high into the air out over the water waiting for each ferry to link into the network.

Quayside Activities

Stretching out from the ferry port along the harbourside is quay upon quay of small sailing vessels – a developing marina complex using any empty spaces along the coastline here - motor vessels, sailing boats with an array of masts pointing skywards, sails furled and the faint but persistent murmur of water lapping against their hulls, and the just perceptible movement of the vessels with the roll of the water. Here the water is calm. The harbour walls protect the port to some degree from the some-time anger of the Irish Sea. The marina area is a hive of activity but strangely no concept of noise - action almost in that vacuum that you know it is happening but just cannot hear it.

Watching the Ferry boats into port

The sky is a useful indicator as to what to expect. Cloud cover and grey overcast ceilings do not always inspire confidence in the waiting traveller anxious to begin their journey. But watch the HSS as it rushes into the harbour. It hardly seems to slow down as it pulls into berth, turning a half circle at the very last second to lock into the sky walkways and vehicle ramps. This is a vessel that has parking down to a fine art, and hardly a bump to let you know it has berthed. The harbour area is wide and sheltered, its walls stretching out into the bay. Within its calm water sail boats roam, row boats can be spotted and in the height of summer wind surf novices practice their skill before venturing into the coastal waters.

Always a warm welcome

The ferry vessels turn around very swiftly – emptying vehicles through one set of doors as they take others in through another. Everything operates like clockwork and reasonably to schedule. The major inhibiting factor to prompt ferry sailing is always the weather. On rough days one ferry could be the only one that has actually made the sailing that day. But approach the harbourside at night when it sparkles into life, illuminated its full length to give the arriving or departing visitor a fond greeting. Lights twinkle along the coastline, reflecting in the water to give a magical appearance to an otherwise quite ordinary stretch of coastline, and this is when you really feel it is saying safe home come back soon.

Spend time to Explore if you can

Admire the size of this Port and watch the huge ferry liners sailing into dock.
When on board you can enjoy a leisurely meal and watch the sea passing by.
Or before you go, perhaps have a drink or a meal in the lovely hotel on the seafront, from where all the activities of the port can be observed. This hotel is well worth a visit, believe me.

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Dun Laoghaire Port, Ferry Travelling, Gateway To Ireland, Ireland, Travel

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author avatar Penny W-T
Published articles on education themes, travel, history and writing techniques. Written a book on WW1 - Gallipoli, and travel books. Run a marketing network for small businesses.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
2nd Jul 2013 (#)

Penny- I felt like I was there...your article may say Travel- but it is always poetry to me..:0)

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author avatar Penny W-T
2nd Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you Delicia, that is quite a compliment.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
3rd Jul 2013 (#)

another of your super travelogues dear Penny...thank you..

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author avatar Penny W-T
3rd Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you CNW. I always love travelling, there is such a big world to explore, and I have only scratched the surface. But where I have been has all been magical insights into our beautiful planet.

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author avatar Eileen Ward Birch
3rd Jul 2013 (#)

Nicely done.

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author avatar Penny W-T
3rd Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you Eileen.

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author avatar Rose*
8th Dec 2013 (#)

Lovely piece. Some of the best bits of travel involve just sitting and watching (people, boats, the world go by!)

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author avatar Penny W-T
13th Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you for your comments Rose. I hope to have some more travel pieces to submit soon

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