Anything BUT a sleepy harbour!
Looks quiet enough as we approach…
Our timing was spot on for the changeover at the Aquapark….
and here’s the next batch – raring to go!
But there’s lots more going on…
As you can well believe, the seaside village of Dunmore East is a very popular spot in Ireland’s south east. Apart from the 6 local beaches and all the water based activities, there is a lovely cliff walk and some great driving routes in the area.
The name comes from Dún Mór – large fort or castle. There is some evidence of human existence in the area pre Iron Age. Fortifications – or Dúns – would have been constructed on the headlands for protection.
Fish, needless to say, was always an important part of the diet – there is mention of 50 fishing boats working from here in 1776. In 1812, Westminster decided to create a new harbour linking southern England and Ireland for passengers and the Royal Mail. Dunmore East was selected and work began on a pier in 1814. The project dragged on for decades, running well over budget and by 1837 the new harbour was already beginning to silt up. The arrival of steam meant that the ships could negotiate the winding river more easily so the service was transferred to nearby Waterford city. However, Dunmore was now left with a fine harbour and went on to become an important fishing port.