Dublin Port & The City
Dublin Port shares a unique connection with the city of Dublin. It is a bond that is not just physical – it’s a shared history, culture and community between the port and our capital city.
To strengthen, continue and encourage this connection Dublin Port has commissioned a series of cultural and heritage initiatives, designed to present Dublin’s rich maritime heritage in new and thought-provoking ways. These recognise the importance of Dublin Port and its integration with the city, and celebrate this unique connection.
Some of these initiatives between Dublin Port and the city include:
A musical journey commissioned by Dublin Port Company – inspired by Dublin Port, Dublin City and the River Liffey. A collaboration which reflects on the relationships between the Port, the City and the Liffey through song, ranging from elegant electronic pop to sublime trad inspired moments and crafted songwriting. The album and musical performances at the National Concert Hall (NCH) were curated and produced by Bell X1’s Paul Noonan and the NCH’s Gary Sheehan. Featuring Paul Noonan (Bell X1), Paul Cleary (The Blades), Cathy Davey, James Vincent McMorrow, Duke Special, Gemma Hayes, Jape, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Lisa O’Neill, Declan O’Rourke, John Sheahan and Caitriona Lally, this was a unique partnership for a once of a kind project.
An open call to artists and arts projects to create site-specific works in Dublin Port. ‘Port Perspectives’ is a Dublin Port Company commission that created a series of original and innovative public artworks/installations. These commissions were realised throughout 2017 and respond specifically to the built environment/local areas/history and context of Dublin Port. The commissioned artworks were part of a year-long programme of activity in 2017, which included an exhibition of works by the Belgian artist Eugeen Van Mieghem at Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane and a range of related arts education and engagement activities.
The commissioned artworks responded specifically to the built environment and local areas in and around Dublin Port, enhancing the public realm to draw audiences and port visitors, while creating a living exhibition and cultural trail.
A June Bank holiday celebration. Organised by the Dublin Port Company and the Docklands Business Forum, this festival celebrated along the historic quays with a jam packed programme of entertainment and family fun. A weekend with huge array of activities, including Tall Ships, kayaking sessions, Dublin Bay Cruises, The Jeanie Johnson and Dublin Tug Boats. The festival also incorporates street performers, music from shanty singers, bands, bars, face painting, carnival attractions, children’s art & circus workshops and pirate re-enactments all weekend!
Dublin Port is proud to be a sponsor of Aware’s Harbour2Harbour Walk which take participants along some of Europe’s most scenic seafront routes in the three counties (Dublin, Cork and Galway). In Dublin over 2,000 people are expected to take part with a 26km route between Howth and Dun Laoghaire Harbours; in Cork the spectacular Carrigaline to Crosshaven route offers a 5k or 10k option, and in Galway the 8km route takes in Salthill Prom, South Park and Mutton Island. Dublin Port Company sponsored the Dublin event for the second year running and provided a fun-filled halfway point.
Dublin Port Company has opened a new state-of-the-art Seafarers’ Centre at Dublin Port following a €500,000 investment in the facility. The Seafarers’ Centre breathes new life into the site of the old Odlums flour mill. Housed in the former Odlums workers’ canteen, which had been in use up to the mill’s closure in 2012, the Centre now provides a base for vital services to sailors docking in the port, an essential workforce of the city’s economy. Features of the old canteen building such as decking, beams and the original exterior wall have been retained and preserved as part of the new design. As Dublin Port’s first custom-built Seafarers’ Centre, it will support over 7,500 visiting seafarers a year arriving from all over the world, typically from countries such as India, China, Ukraine, Russia and the Philippines.
Cruise Dublin (A Dublin port initiative) promotes and markets Dublin as a world class cruise destination and is proud to support and encourage local businesses. Cruise Dublin champions Dublin as a cruise and tourist destination suggesting places to shop, sightsee and relax. Dublin increased its cruise visits by an incredible 8.1% in 2015, and welcomed an impressive 42,891 passengers on 42 cruise visits in the first half of 2016! Following this record 2016, the coming seasons are expected to be even more popular with cruise companies and visitors alike.
Dublin Port Company transformed this important artefact and transformed the Diving Bell into a new interpretive exhibition that explains its origin and history.
The Diving Bell entered service in 1871 and was used in the building of the Port’s quay walls from the Victorian era right up until almost the 1960s. It was considered a ground-breaking piece of engineering innovation in its day.The Diving bell project, which opened in mid-June 2015, elevated the 13m tall, 90 tonne Diving Bell onto a two metre steel structure, creating a ramped public access route underneath. A water feature was installed beneath the structure accompanied by a series of interpretive panels explaining the historical, social and engineering significance of the Diving Bell. Dublin Port are proud to be a part of the revitalisation of such an essential part of Dublin Port’s history. Read more about the diving bell here