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About Cahore

Cahore is a small fishing village located 2km from Ballygarrett Village in North Wexford. In the heart of the sunny South-East, but only an hour south of Dublin, Cahore has been a popular location for tourists, fishermen, and wild-life enthusiasts for generations. The Strand Cahore is reached at the end of a winding road and ends in a harbour which is the centre of village activities. Holiday homes ring the bay and are dotted along a higher headland above the pub.

Cahore is a gorgeous little harbour with lovely views north towards Tara Hill and Arklow. If walking to Cahore, there are steps up to the cliff at Newtown Beach with a simple path to walk to the top of the cliff at Cahore. The Pier in Cahore is a renowned place for families to fish for crabs.

The sea off Cahore has been the scene of many shipwrecks with the most famous being The Irrawaddy in 1856. The Irrawaddy cargo ship was bound from Glasgow to Rangoon in Burma before it struck the Blackwater Bank. The Captain and 13 crew were saved but four sailors were lost at sea.

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Cahore Pier

The sea has been an important part of life in Cahore for centuries. The village itself is dominated by the pier, which was hugely extended over 100 years ago, initially for schooner ships to unload coal phosphates and salt. Although small boats have always fished here, the extension to the pier led to larger boats to begin depositing their catch at Cahore in later years. Even today, larger whelk-fishing boats are still regular visitors to the pier.

The pier itself is a busy place, especially in the summertime. For generations, children have fished for crabs from the small bridge that joins the older section of the pier to the newer extension, while many fishing boats are launched daily from the slipway. The churning effect of the tides provides superb fishing opportunities in the whole area. A variety of species like herring, mackerel, tope, smooth hound, spur dog, ray, bass, flounder, whiting, and dogfish can all be found here at different times. Even night fishing directly from the pier itself can produce great results. Sea anglers also frequent the small beach to the locally known North Beach, as do many families, who enjoy swimming and bathing in the shallow and sheltered area between the beach and the pier.

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The South Beach

The South Beach, which is just a two minute walk from Cahore Holiday & Leisure Park, is a massive sandy beach that begins just behind Cahore Castle, and stretches for more than 20 miles past Curracloe near Wexford town.

Even at high tide, the beach itself is huge. At low tide, it's quite a walk just to reach the shoreline! It's one of the longest beaches in the whole country and may be very familiar to movie-lovers. Much of the bloody D-Day landings featured in the movie Saving Private Ryan were filmed on the beach further south at Ballinesker. As well as being popular with summertime bathers, the South Beach also provides excellent fishing for sea anglers.

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Cahore Special Area of Conservation

Adjacent to the South Beach is a very large system of sand dunes, some rising up to 60-feet high, all backed by extensive areas of wetland, lagoonal drainage areas, and polder grasslands. Several miles of these dunes, and the surrounding areas, have been listed as a Special Area of Conservation by the National Parks & Wildlife Service, which terms the area "Cahore Dunes and Polders."

The dunes support several very rare and protected plant species like Wild Asparagus, Moore's Horsetail, Sharp Rush and Hound's-tongue. The extremely rare Soft Hornwort plant has been recently found in Cahore too. Except for one other location in south Wexford, this plant has not been recorded anywhere else in Ireland. Cahore is also the only known site in Co.Wexford where Umbellate Hawkweed can be found.

Cahore Dunes and Polders is also considered a site of major ornithological importance too, especially for wintering waterfowl. It's an important feeding site for a sub-flock of the Wexford Harbour Greenland White-fronted Goose population. Both Whooper and Bewick's Swans are found here too, as are nationally-significant populations of Wigeon, Golden Plover, Shoveler and Lapwing. Other bird species of significance are Teal, Mallard and Curlew.