Dublin Bay Conference, April 29th, 2015
A one day conference to mark the 300th anniversary of Dublin Port.
Dublin Port Company is celebrating the 300th anniversary of the landmark decision to build the Great South Wall with a major conference on Wednesday 29th April 2015 at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin 1.
The subject, “Dublin Bay: History and Environment” has been chosen because the recent Environmental Impact Statement for the Redevelopment of Alexandra Basin has involved the collection of a large amount of new information on Dublin Bay. Dublin Port Company would like to share this information with a wider audience.
The Human and Natural History of Dublin Bay
From the earliest Viking longships to the massive cruise liners of today, Dublin Bay has provided a harbour for the shipping that carries most of Ireland’s trade in and out of Dublin Port. Dublin city has grown up around the bay and the urban development has mirrored major changes in the coastal environment. In the middle of all this human activity, Dublin Bay is a dynamic coastal environment with a diverse ecosystem, recycling nutrients through the food webs that include plankton, fish, invertebrates, birds and marine mammals.
The proposal to begin building of the Great South Wall was put forward by the Ballast Board and approved by the City Assembly on 29th April 1715. The actual record states that the Ballast Office should “design to consult about piling below Ringsend on the south side of the channel: it was ordered that the committee of the Ballast Office go on with the work as they shall think fit.” This work included piling on the northern side of the channel in the vicinity of the present Custom House and hence marks the start of the present Dublin Port.
Who Should Go?
This conference will be of interest to a wide range of people including archaeologists historians, geographers, ecologists, schools and colleges, local residents, water sports clubs and managers of land around Dublin Bay.