The Village of Duncannon, County Wexford, Ireland.

Duncannon is the closest of the Wexford beaches to the Coachouse. It is a beautiful long strand of almost 1 mile.

Located in the sheltered Waterford Harbour inlet, the water is relatively shallow and it is safe to swim within the marked area. The beach is patrolled by beach guards in the summer months (when indicated by flags).

The beach is one of several that are excellent for shore angling in the vicinity.

The village of Duncannon in the distance at the other end of the strand
a view of Duncannon fort overlooking the entrance to Waterford harbour

Hook Head in County Wexford and Dunmore East in County Waterford mark the entrance to Waterford Harbour. In earlier years, Duncannon was perfectly situated to guard this large bay from within. The fort has been there since before Napoleonic wars and is famous for the incarceration of the Croppy Boy remembered in popular Irish song.

The fort is open to visitors in Summer and has some interesting exhibits, a craft and coffee shop. Local art exhibits are on show and there is also a childrens art workshop.

The beach at Duncannon is said to have sand ideal for sand sculpture. Every year there are a number of competitions which attract international competitors.

The beach is of European Blue Flag standard.

A fishing boat rounds Duncannon fort in the search for sprat close to the shore
birds rising from their over-wintering haven on Duncannon strand

The sheltered Duncannon strand is a popular over-wintering spot for many birds. Pictured right, rising when disturbed by a dog walking the beach.

Close by Duncannon is Dunbrody Abbey in ruins, but worth a visit, with a coffee shop.

See Duncannon on a map of the area

Angling on the Wexford Coastline and deep sea fishing off Hook Head

A short drive takes you to Templetown, Hook Head and Fethard on the "Ring of Hook" .

More information on antiquities in the area

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