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Now you can circumnavigate beautiful Ireland without getting your feet wet. The ultimate trip planner !
Now you can circumnavigate beautiful Ireland without getting your feet wet. The ultimate trip planner !

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WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY HERE IN DUNMORE EAST.
http://www.wonderfulireland.ie/south/dunmore-east/#/

Stop over in beautiful Dunmore East where thatched cottages sit alongside fishing boats, fine restaurants, and clean sandy beaches. Enjoy excellent seafood, great pubs, and the very best of coastal walks. Dunmore’s working harbour, too, is home to a wonderfully colourful fleet of trawlers and quarter tonners which have been plying the Atlantic coast for hundreds of years. In the summer months cruisers from far flung parts raft together in the harbour or bob about on open moorings.

Dunmore East is a particularly endearing and attractive spot, and it has long been one ofIreland’s most select holiday destinations. As far back as the last century, discerning visitors came to Dunmore East to savour gracious hospitality and bracing salt airs.  Before that it was the point of entry for much of Ireland’s post, with Royal Mail steamers routing through it on a daily basis. These days Dunmore is a Mecca for water sport enthusiasts, attracting large numbers of sailboats during the summer months, and providing a delightful stopover for European sailboats routing westwards. Visitors can enjoy every type of water-based activity, from sea angling, to scuba diving, sail tuition and, at times, even whale watching. The Dunmore East Adventure Centre, too, offers canoeing, windsurfing, sailing, and paddle-boating, all in the relatively calm waters immediately adjacent to the harbour.

The harbour at Dunmore East is one of the five designated National Fishery Harbours, and it has the second highest figure for fish landings after Donegal’s Killybegs Harbour. In Smith’s 1745 history of Waterford, the village was recorded as being a prominent fishing port, although the harbour itself was not yet in existence at that time. The fishermen’s homes were situated in the lower village near the Strand Inn, and their open boats were launched from the beach, undoubtedly a treacherous operation in the winter months. In 1814 dramatic changes took place when Alexander Nimmo, the Scottish engineer (and builder of Limerick’s Sarsfield Bridge) commenced work on the new harbour at Dunmore to accommodate the packet-station for ships carrying Royal Mail between England and Ireland. The work consisted mainly of a massive pier with an elegant lighthouse at the end. Nimmo’s original estimate had been £20,000 but at the time of his death in 1832, £93,000 had been spent, and the final cost was £108,000. Over the following years, however, the harbour began to silt-up, and following the arrival of powered steam ships, the packet station was transferred up-river to Waterford City. Nimmo’s elegant lighthouse can be seen gracing the pier at Dunmore East to this day. But the real charm of Dunmore East is that, despite the vagaries of history and time, it has somehow retained a far greater share ofIreland’s fine vernacular cottage architecture than most other villages across the country, and these wonderful gems are delightfully presented for our enjoyment today.

- See more at: http://www.wonderfulireland.ie/south/dunmore-east/#/
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The view from Slieve league - well worth the hike
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Rush hour, Achill Island, County Mayo
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Crohy Head looking north

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Beautiful Reen Castle in Castlehaven, Cork!
Relaxing at the League near Union Hall last weekend. 

#Reen   #WestCork  +Ireland  #photography  
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Capturing Ballymastoker Bay from Portsalon Golf Club

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Sunshine and modernity in Dublin's Grand Canal Harbour.

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Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland
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Plan an epic road trip this summer complete with breathtaking detours. Wherever your trip takes you, there's lots of cosy cottages and luxurious hotels to lay your head.

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Photo: The Dark Hedges, County Antrim
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