Where the Colligan River flows into the ocean, you’ll find Dungarvan, a picturesque small city set along a natural harbour. This market town is a centre of local activity, rich in history and culture. It is a popular base for those who wish to explore southeastern Ireland, with a wide variety of pleasant accommodations and easy access to Waterford city.
Dungarvan offers its visitors all the needed amenities, along with the opportunity to be a part of authentic Irish life without an excessively “touristy” atmosphere. Dungarvan residents are friendly and eager to help visitors enjoy their part of the country and learn about the history and culture.
Interesting in-town attractions include the Old Market House, built in 1642. Currently used as a museum, it is filled with documents and articles that describe the turbulent early history of the region. The Market Centre has been vital to shipping and commerce on the south coast of the country since 600 A.D. Also prominent are the remains of Dungarvan Castle, dating back to 1186, built by King John after the Norman Invasion. It features a rare shell keep structure, as well as a restored military barracks complete with exhibitions and guided tours. The castle has also been the scene of ongoing archaeological digs that reveal interesting findings.
A popular site for those fond of observing a variety of sea birds, Dungarvan Bay also offers sea-fishing trips – species include bass, coalfish, cod, ling, mackerel, and conger. At certain times of the year, you may try to catch a salmon as it makes its way up the Colligan River to spawn, or fish for trout in nearby streams. Beach lovers will want to take advantage of several excellent nearby bathing spots, especially Clonea Strand, a gently sloping beach with the distinction of EU Blue Flag status. Also of interest is the nearby village of Ring, where Irish (Gaelic) is spoken daily, and taught at a highly regarded language college.
Dungarvan is situated halfway between Waterford and Cork, each roughly 60km away, on the N25.