Tall Ships Leave Dublin

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Tall Ships in Dublin 2012

A fine visit to the Tall Ships in Dublin today. This morning was a good fine morning, a little chilly for August though.

Tall Ships lined up along the Liffey in Dublin

The Final Parade of Sail took place at 1100 and saw the ships leave their berth on the Liffey, where they had dwarfed many of the city's newer buildings- built during the Celtic Tiger years,  and head past the East Link Bridge beyond the South Bull Wall and Howth on their way into a sunny Dublin Bay.

The quays alongside the River Liffey were busy from 0800 with many spectators and crew moving around but the South Bull Wall has never been as busy as it was this morning. Thousands of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists made the journey out into Dublin Bay to watch the Tall Ships passing by. 

With the tide out, spectators traverse Sandymount Strand where Stephen Dedalus wanders into eternity in James Joyce's Ulysees. The Strand hasn't looked like this for a long time, sporting Tall Ships on the horizon; in the foreground "greengoldenly lagoons of sand."

Traversing Sandymount Strand with Tall Ships on horizon

Dublin says farewell to the Tall Ships who started their race in St. Malo and finished here in Ireland's capital city.

Darren McLoughlin

Irishman and International travel photographer in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times / Echtra Echtra and Eonmusic

Cancer survivor.

Ask me about travel in Ireland or about photography in Ireland.


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