A STAGGERING 100,000 people are expected to hit Dun Laoghaire harbour this summer as the old port celebrates its 200th anniversary with a series of family events.
The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary Steering Group has just announced an exciting programme of activities to coincide with the milestone event.
The opening ceremony will be officiated by President Michael D Higgins and the group’s patron, Minister Mary Mitchell O Connor, on 31st May –200 years to the day after the laying of the first stone
The ceremony will take place at the King George IV monument on Queens Road, at which a time capsule will be placed at the monument. which will contain letters from local school children, photos of Dun Laoghaire Harbour in 2017, a newspaper of the day and notes from harbour users.
Other featured events include an International Harbour Food Festival featuring over 25 unique vendors (June 4 and 5), The Kingstown 200 Classic Boat Race (July 8) and a live Viking Invasion re-enactment with longboats as seen on the hit TV Show ‘Vikings’ (August 20).
An impressive 100,000 visitors are expected to visit the harbour this summer to participate in the free public events.
The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company in collaboration with a range of local stakeholders have put in place a schedule of exhibitions, workshops, lectures and events to mark the Bicentenary.
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.”
Thanking all those who worked tirelessly on the project, Mr Dunne said “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”.
As part of the bicentenary celebrations, the National Maritime Museum have curated a commemorative exhibition, which opened last week and will run until November.
The exhibition details the construction of Dun Laoghaire – or Kingston – Harbour as it would be known for the next 100 years, and some of the original maps and charts used at the time on display.
For further information visit www.dlharbour200.ie