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Dunmore East is a charming little fishing port and seaside resort on the southern coast of Ireland, near the mouth of Waterford Harbour. The coastline in both directions is pretty and unspoiled, with headlands, coves and beaches. In the centre of the village are the ruins of a 12th century Anglo Norman castle. The Church of Ireland Church of St Andrew was built in 1815 and the spire and tower added in 1881. In Smith’s History of Waterford the village is mentioned even then as being a prominent fishing port in about the 1740’s. The fishermen’s homes were situated in the lower village and the boats were launched from the strand there before the harbour was built in the upper village. The original pier was built in the early 1800’s at a cost of over £100,000, when Dunmore East became the station for the steam packet ships bringing mail to Dunmore for Waterford from Milford Haven in Wales. The beautiful thatched houses on the way to the harbour mostly date from this period also. Dunmore East is also surrounded by big houses where wealthy merchant families and navy officers made their homes during the British occupation. One such family was the Malcomsons, who had shipping and cotton interests. They were also deeply involved financially in the American Civil War. The Fisherman’s Hall in the village was built by this same family. The extensive woods surrounding the village and the public park were presented to the Trustees by Lord Waterford in 1962 for public use. Visitors are welcome to share and enjoy these facilities. The cliffs surrounding the harbour are a nesting and breed area for the Killywakes and this is most unusual as these birds normally do not nest in an area so close to humans. During the 1960’s and ‘70s, Dunmore East was a major herring port. Now that the stocks have declined the local trawlers have to fish further afield. In the spring, the smaller boats fish for salmon, mackerel, shrimp and lobster. Today the harbour attracts ocean going yachts from Britain and Europe and of course many sea anglers who enjoy hunting the great variety of fish off the Waterford coast. Dunmore East is also an open sea location for a number of visiting Cruise Liners. There are number of good quality restaurants in the village and the local hotels and bars also offer restaurant facilities. The village is well connected by bus to Waterford city with a daily service in the summer and a Monday to Saturday service off season. With an extensive choice of accommodation, a variety of festivals, an abundance of sporting activities, history, beauty and tranquillity Dunmore East has something special for everyone. For further information on Dunmore East contact the Waterford Discover Ireland Centre, Telephone +353 51 875823

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