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Dunmore East is a small village on the coast of County Waterford in southeast Ireland. Its Irish name Dún Mór means "big fort", and has been applied to innumerable hillocks where ancient people huddled in the wind and rain, so this one is specifically Dunmore East. It acquired a good harbour in the 19th century, and became a fishing port and tourist resort. In 2016 it had a population of 1808.

Get in[edit]

The harbour

See Waterford for long distance routes by air, rail and road.

Suirway run the buses between Waterford and Dunmore, but these have been suspended since March 2020, so there is no public transport to Dunmore.

Get around[edit]

Map of Dunmore East

The village is small enough to walk around.

See[edit]

  • The Harbour is surprisingly large for such a small village. In the early 19th century there were grand schemes for a new mail and passenger service from England, and Dunmore was to be the Irish port. A new harbour was completed in 1837, massively over-budget and just in time to be obsolete, as steam-powered ships could wend their way upriver to Waterford city. However it did boost the local fishing industry, and helped with tourism as cruise liners could land passengers here by tender.
  • Upper Village is the area north of the harbour. The coast here is rocky, good for angling. The Round Tower is all that's left of the castle built in 1640: it's just a stump.
  • Lower Village north of that has the sandy Lawlor's Beach.

Do[edit]

  • Dunmore Adventure by the harbour run various water-based activities, including the Wibit inflatable obstacle course.
  • Dunmore Angling is a boat charter operation, mostly for angling but when there's demand they do scenic boat trips and dive trips.
  • The cliff walk follows the coast west for 5 km to Portally Cove, which has road access.
  • Dunmore East Golf Club contains the holiday resort, see Sleep. There's an amateur golf classic tournament in April: the next is probably 26-29 April 2021 but tbc.
  • Bluegrass Festival is held at the end of August. The 2020 event was cancelled and the next is expected to be 27-29 Aug 2021.

Buy[edit]

  • By the harbour are Centra (daily 07:00-22:30) and Spar (daily 07:00-21:00).

Eat[edit]

  • O'Shea's Fish & Chips on Glenville Terrace is open Su, Tu-Th 16:30-21:00, F Sa 16:30-22:00.
  • Star House Chinese restaurant by the harbour is open daily 16:30-22:00.
  • Azzurro, Dock Rd, +353 51 383 141. M-F 17:00-23:00, Sa 13:00-23:00, Su 13:00-22:00. Italian cuisine, the seafood is especially good.
  • Spinnaker Bar, Glenville Terrace, +353 51 383 133. W Th 17:00-21:30, F 14:00-21:30, Sa Su 12:30-21:00. Friendly informal dining, try the seafood chowder.

Drink[edit]

Harbour lighthouse
  • Power's Bar, Dock Rd, +353 51 383 318. Su-Th 13:00-23:30, F Sa 12:00-00:30. Friendly traditional pub, often has live music.

Sleep[edit]

  • Avon Lodge is a smart B&B at The Garage on R684, tel +353 51 385 775.
  • 1 The Ocean, Dock Rd X91 VNN7, +353 51 383 539. Reliable mid-range hotel near the sea front. B&B double €100.
  • 2 Strand Inn, Dock Rd, +353 51 383 174. Gastropub with 15 rooms. They also run the nearby Townhouse, plus self-catering cottage and glamping cabin. B&B double €130.
  • 3 The Haven, Dock Rd, +353 51 383 150. Upscale hotel with good restaurant in the summer home of the former Lords Lieutenant of Waterford. B&B double €150.
  • 4 Dunmore East Holiday & Golf Resort, Dunmore East Golf Club, The Fairways, +353 87 702 2566. Tourer pitches and campsite open all year, also has self-catering lodges. Unit €30.

Connect[edit]

As of Oct 2020, there is a good mobile and 4G signal from Three and Vodafone, but no coverage by Eir. 5G has not reached this area.

Go next[edit]

  • Waterford for city amenities and the excellent medieval museum.
  • Tramore is a bigger resort with a better beach, as its name implies.
  • Lismore has several castles, gardens and mansions, some downright eccentric.


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