Marina Facility Dungarvan Harbour

Although once a busy commercial port, Dungarvan in common with many other ports of its size suffered when changes in shipping practices led to a decline in the number of vessels using the port and with trade totally finished many of the old warehouses along the quayside became derelict. However, reconstruction injected new life into this area of Dungarvan and created the opportunity for the Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club to acquire a site on the quay front on which to build a clubhouse which is now a focal point for club members and visitors alike.

The Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club has been in existence for over 60 years and is run by a voluntary group of dedicated individuals. It has in excess of 100 members. The club offers a wide range of water based activities. In the 1990’s its clubhouse was built on the quay in Dungarvan through the assistance of LEADER funds and in 1993 a pontoon was installed on the quay.

In August 2012 the Club once again approached Waterford Leader Partnership for LEADER funds to upgrade the existing pontoon facility at Dungarvan Harbour. Work to be carried out involved the removal of the existing pontoon, chains and gangway and the installation of a new modern equipped pontoon with electricity pedestals and water points. The project was approved funding and part financed under the 2007/2013 Rural Development Programme at a rate of 75% of eligible expenditure amounting to €154,927.50.

The Town Council proved supportive to the Club in the establishment of this new pontoon and were instrumental in pursuing a foreshore licence for dredging work to be undertaken on the quay. However, unfortunately during the project a late technical hitch prevented dredging taking place. While this was regrettable, it is hoped that this next phase of the project can re-commence in the not too distant future.

Dungarvan has always been noted for its sailors and its great sea-faring families. The town itself is one of the most sheltered harbours on the south coast. These factors coupled with the abundance of new restaurants and other onshore facilities presented favorable and exciting opportunities in constructing a pontoon and establishing Dungarvan as a compulsory stopover for cruising yachts.

On Sunday the 11th of May 2014 the new pontoon facility with temporary berthing for up to approximately 30 boats was officially launched. The new facility provides short term temporary berthing for Club members on a daily fee basis as well as access for visiting boats. It is planned that this latter aspect will support the development for further marine tourism for Dungarvan and West Waterford.

In line with the requirements as set down by WLP the Club immediately engaged the services of a marketing mentor to assist with the promotion of the new pontoon. The Club commenced promoting their new facilities to sailing and boating interests in Ireland and the U.K. with a particular focus on Wales, which has resulted in the welcoming of many more boats to the town, making Dungarvan an important destination for marine tourism and leisure.

Waterford LEADER Partnership supported this project as part of its strategy to improve amenities in small rural towns and enhance the economic and social attractiveness of small towns under the Village and Countryside Renewal and Development Measure of the Rural Development Programme. This project has and continues to grow and encourage marine tourism to Dungarvan Town.

Further information on the Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club can be found at


Marina Facility Dungarvan Harbour


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