SCENES from IRELAND
RING OF HOOK, Hook Peninsula, County Wexford
61h. Duncannon Beach, Fort and Harbour
A rather hazy picture of Duncannon Harbour and Fort set on the eastern shore of Waterford Harbour.
The 'beach' sculpture SANDS OF TIME on Duncannon Beach.
The lovely long, safe and clean Duncannon Beach or Duncannon Strand!
The star shaped Duncannon Fort was built in 1588 in defence from the expected Spanish Armada invasion instigated by King Philip of Spain. The fort and museum complex boasts an internet cafe and IT office, craft shop, Military and Marine Museum, artists studios, Cockleshell Art Gallery, Child Museum, Wood Turning and a tourist information centre. There are glorious views across Waterford Harbour from the fort and down the western coast of the Hook Peninsula.
Duncannon Fort, an impressive example of military architecture, was in control of the British until the Irish War of Independence in 1919. It was burned by the IRA in the Ireland's civil war of 1922 and lay in ruins until the outbreak of World War Two when it was rebuilt and occupied by the Irish army. It was used as a summer camp until 1986 but from 1993 onwards it is being restored and now open to the public as a museum and visitor centre.
Duncannon Fort - The huge protective ditch around the fort which is in effect a dry moat!
Duncannon Fort - Some of the old cannon pointing out to sea.
Duncannon Fort - A tunnel down to where one of the gun batteries was mounted.
The Cockleshell Art gallery is also in the Fort complex with some lovely paintings and interesting sculptures.
Some of the paintings of Maeve Doherty in the summer of 2010.
Some of the paintings of Anne Mcleod? in the summer of 2010
Duncannon harbour with a few fishing boats and pleasure craft, its nice little stroll over from Duncannon beach.
Fishing boats in Duncannon Harbour.
Fishing nets and other tackle by the harbour wall.
Looking out to sea across Waterford Harbour - the estuary of the great River Suir.
The Cafe and the pub in Duncannon
61a. Ballyhack and the Passage East Ferry 61b. Templetown 61c. Hook Head and Hook Lighthouse 61d. Slade Castle and Slade Harbour 61e. Baginbun Beach 61f. Fethard Castle 61g. Tintern Abbey, Saltmills 61h. Duncannon, Beach, Fort and Harbour
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