Courtown, Co. Wexford

After visiting at Marlfield House and lunch at The Duck Restaurant we drove to Courtown, situated about 4 miles south-east of Gorey in County Wexford, on a wide sweep of coast called Courtown Bay.

Courtown is family friendly seaside amusement resort smaller but similar like Tramore in County Waterford. In the heart of the village you will find amusement parks, arcades, Pirates Cove which offers ten pin bowling, adventure golf and much more; as well as Forest Park Leisure Centre. There also are plenty of shops, restaurants, cafe and pubs for visitors.

Courtown (Irish: Baile na Cúirte, meaning ‘homestead of the court’), is a village which developed after Lord Courtown ordered the construction of a harbour during the Famine years, 1839–1846. The economic boost of the new harbour led to a small village developing with fishing being the primary economy of the village. Courtown is situated on the Irish Sea coast and with the recent development during the Celtic Tiger years, has merged into the adjoining village of Riverchapel.

Courtown has been bustling fishing and holiday resort destination for over a hundred years. Courtown Harbour borders directly on the centre of the village and is bordered by sandy beaches to the north and south. Boats of all kinds and sizes are anchored in the protected harbour basin, which is accessed via a narrow canal.

There are two beaches in Courtown. The smaller beach, known as Courtown South Beach, is unsuitable for swimming while the larger beach, known as Courtown Beach North near the woods is a popular spot for a dip. The beach has beautiful wooded areas, ideal for picnics and walks. There has been significant coastal erosion at Courtown Beach over the years, with some parts back from the beach having restricted access for conservation reasons.

Seal Rescue Ireland (SRI), a charity organisation that works around the clock to rescue, rehabilitate and release native seals found sick, injured or orphaned from across the coast of Ireland is based in Courtown.

I enjoyed my visit at Courtown very much. The weather was gorgeous sunny but windy and also chill.

It was Sunday and “everybody” eat ice-cream. We went to La Crêpe Abeille Café. It is An authentic French crêperie and café situated in the heart of Courtown, serving savoury and sweet crêpes.

After, we came back to Courtown Beach and enjoyed amazing views during golden houers.

Location of Courtown:

Below my photos taken in March 2022.


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