Dunmore East is a small fishing village on the south-east coast of Ireland, 16kms from the city of Waterford.It sits on the western side of the Waterford Harbour Estuary, 4.8kms from Hook Head in Wexford.
Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Boreen na mBan gorm and the 40 stepsAre the steps still hewn into the rock at Creadon Head, leading from the sea to the top of the cliff? Yes they are! Check the Stories link. .By Hook or by CrookeI will take Ireland by Hook or by Crooke. Cromwell said this when his captains sailed up the Waterford estuary, with instructions to land at Hook Head or Crooke village, further up the estuary.True or false? Check the Stories link.Some Honourable Men: Mattie Gough. Twink Ivory. Neddy Farrell. Eddy Don. Paddy Kearney. Tommy McGrath. Ritchie Walsh or ''The Bulgaria'' as he was known. Billy Hearn or ''The Saint' as he was known, who used to stand outside The Shippe. Blue McCarthy. Charlie Boland. Daddy Nick. Michael O'Dwyer. Ned Power. Roger Shipsey. Mike Foyle.Who Remembers these original Dunmore places and names?The Cookaloo Road, The New Line, The Western Quarry, The Nuns Corner, The Horse quarter, Longs Hill, The High Road, The Dock Road, Peg's Rock, Whittles Boreen, Mickey Flemings Turn, John Shea's Well, The Barking Pans, Pitts Aerodrome, The Wishing Well, The Bishops Cave, The Kennel Field, Madman's Wood, Dingley's Wood, The Cookaloo Dump, The Cricket Field, The Glen, The Stook.
TRUE OR FALSE?Martin Glanville was the last Lighthouse Keeper at Dunmore East Light. The Weather Cock on top of John and Jean Kelly's house at the Haven Hotel has been perforated by bullets shot into it by The ‘Black and Tans' True, according to Michael O'Connor! "The weather cock at the Haven Hotel private residence is perforated by bullet holes, however they are not the work of the I.R.A.They were put there by one Jimmy Courtney ably assisted by my good-self Michael O' Connor sometime in 1960. (Jimmy Courtney was bar manager in the Haven when Dick Ballintine was the proprietor)"The first Dunmore Chip Shop was on the quay in the old stores which were demolished by the Board of Works Ned Farrell RIP was in his younger years a courier for the old IRA. He would take communication messages from different groups hidden in the rubber handlebar grips of a bicycle. Paddy and Diana O'Regans RIP cottage at Coxtown Cross (sold in the mid eighties) was the only cottage of that time to have its electricity supply underground. This was to facilitate aircraft landings by Arthur Pitt which sometimes necessitated a northerly approach, the fear being the bold Sir Arthur would become entangled in any overhead electric wires. But, what about the chimney? should it not also have been removed, and the roof, and the ----- Did Nicky Maurice John RIP, step on Pat Crotty's RIP arse? when, and why is the question? What was the term ‘windowing' and who were its better known exponents? Who owned a Lanz Bulldog tractor that was so powerful it was suggested by the owners Brother that if harnessed to the Dunmore Lighthouse it would pull it up the pier when the engine hit the ‘double stroke' of its revolutions.
Quiz: who is the young man in this photo who wishes "to greet you" and what village landmark is named after his family?
Here is some drone footage I shot of the village on a Sunday morning in August 2013.I was standing down near the lighthouse and you will see that I nearly flew into the communications mast at the Garda barracks!That would have been fun!