Dundalk Sub Aqua Club North East Dive Rally

May 21 2018 Posted by Office Administraton

Dundalk Sub Aqua Club

North East Dive Rally

15th to 17th June 2018

Carlingford Lough, Greenore, Co. Louth

Dundalk Sub Aqua Club has been in existence since 2001 and currently has 45 members, including 9 trainee divers who started with us in October 2017.  We are very proud to be hosting our first Dive Rally in June and look forward to showcasing the wonderful dive sites we have in Carlingford Lough. There will be an opportunity on the weekend to dive sites including;


1.The Blockhouse (6m to 18m)- A shelf dive with many different species of life, sponges, sea squirts, anemones, fish life, lobster and conger eels. This dive is very dependent on tide times and can only be dived at slack water times, but well worth the wait!!


2.Number 9 Buoy (10m to 20m) This again is a shelf dive similar to the Blockhouse, although the life found on it is sometimes a little different but no less abundant.


3.The Connemara Wreck (sitting in approx. 7m) This is the remains of a wreck which collided with another ship, the SS Retriever during a storm and sank in 1916 with the loss of 97 lives, little of the ship is left but is still an interesting dive and an easy dive for all.

4.The SS Retriever Wreck (sitting in approx. 6m) 50 yards from the Connemara, and again is a simple dive with a small part of the ship visible, as with the other dives there is plenty of life in and around this wreck.


5.The Falavee Wreck. (sitting in approx. 10m) A steamer wrecked in 1942. Again covered in plenty of soft corals and keep an eye out for some of our local spotted catshark fish!

6.The Hebron Wreck (sitting in approx. 25m) Positioned just off Kilkeel this fishing vessel is fairly well intact and covered in life, a fantastic dive if the conditions are just right!

(all dives are weather permitting of course!!)

Registration on line before the 12th June at 2marmcellin@gmail.com (to accommodate boats and trailers etc.)

and on site (Greenore slip way) on Friday the 15th at 18.00hrs (no diving on Friday)

Saturday 16th Greenore slipway @ 08.00hrs

Sunday 17th Greenore slipway @ 08.00 hrs.

Registration €5 per person.

There will be a mobile compressor on site for tank refills free of cost.  

For clubs bringing boats, we have a secure port in Greenore where the boats can be moored overnight, for clubs traveling without boats the Dundalk SAC will work to accommodate all divers for all dives.

There will be camping at the dive site, with toilet facilities on site in Greenore, or for those looking for more than canvas over their heads, we recommend the Granvue Hotel in Omeath ( 15 mins drive from the dive site) they have offered a special rate to anyone quoting  “The Dundalk Sub Aqua Club”, reservations can be made by ringing them directly on

+353 42 937 5109 or by visiting their website granvue.ie

Other accommodation in the area:

Carnbeg Hotel, Armagh Road, Dundalk – 042 9320261

Crowne Plaza, Dundalk – 042-9394900

Grove House Bed & Breakfast, Carlingford  – 042-9373494

All accommodation is subject to availability.

Carlingford village is a short 10 min drive from the dive site and well worth a visit, more information can be found on Carlingford at the web site www.irelandsancienteast.com,

There are many fine places to eat in Carlingford and we can recommend the following:

PJ O’ Hares; The Bay Tree Restaurant; Mc Ateers The Food House and The Carlingford Arms, all conveniently situated in the Village.

Carlingford is a lively spot at the weekends and there are plenty of pubs offering ceóil agus Cráic for those with any energy after a days diving!!

For any further information or assistance please contact:

Finbarr Dillon – Diving Officer (087) 2843720

Margaret Mc Carthy – PRO (087) 8510654

Joe Murphy – Chairperson (086) 1686208

We look forward to diving with you in the Lough!