Bunclody Outdoor Pool

Bunclody Outdoor Pool

Bunclody Outdoor Pool June 2014 Outdoor swimming pools are now a rarity in Ireland and if we had our way they would be preserved as national treasures. Bunclody outdoor pool is one of the best and is a great credit to the local community who run it. When we visited the pool was full of children swimming, splashing and diving into this very attractive, heated facility. The pool itself is 25 metres long with deep and shallow ends. Alongside it there is a small splash pool for toddlers. The pool is fully enclosed with seats all round it and benches at one end. It is an ideal spot to bring your children. When we were there two attentive lifeguards were on duty. The facilities are good with separate changing rooms and showers. Admission is 5 euro for adults and 3 euro for children. However, the season tickets for families which run from June to August are much better value. The pool is open afternoon and evenings with various classes held in the mornings. Beside the pool there are tennis courts, a small bike track and a childrens playground, all run by the same community group that look after the pool. So this is a great place for families and children. Well done to all concerned. Directions : From Dublin take the M9 and leave it at exit 5. You then get onto the N80 and follow it all the way to Bunclody. As you come into the town watch for a sign post to the pool on the right.   [...]

Bunclody Outdoor Pool

Ballinesker Beach

Ballinesker Beach March 2012 Ballinesker is really just an extension of the long stretch from Curracloe . That means miles of beach with dunes to the rear. Again, it's quite open and you will be exposed when it's windy. There is a gradual wade in to the water and it's sandy underfoot. If you are up to it you can have a very long swim alongside the beach. And if you have children with you there is any amount of space for them to run and play. Blue Flag beach. Ballinesker has a good sized car park with toilets. There is a boardwalk which goes half way to the beach and then runs into soft sand, which makes it inaccessible for wheelchairs. Why? Directions From Wexford take the R741 road toward Gorey and Dublin. After a few kilometres turn right onto the R742 signposted for Curracloe and Courtown.. Drive through Curracloe and within a couple of kilometres you will come to a right turn signposted for the beach. Ordnance Survey Map No: 77  View Larger Map   [...]

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Courtown Beach

Courtown Beach March 2012 Courtown is a popular holiday spot with a long, family friendly beach. Recent bad weather has done some damage to the beach's 'infrastructure' but it is still a very attractive spot to stroll and swim. There is a gradual wade in at Courtown and its generally sandy underfoot. The beach is reasonably sheltered with rocks and some sand dunes to the rear, so you will often find the water calm and good for swimming. Children are regularly seen playing and splashing at the water's edge. If its walking you like then Courtown beach is about four kilometres long and you can go further all the way to Ballymoney if you want. Access to the beach can be found from the large car park to the left of the town. From there you cross a bridge and another small parking area will lead you to a wooden ramp and then onto the beach. It appears to be both wheelchair and buggy accessible. Apart from the beach, the car park also leads to an indoor pool, a playground and forest walks. So, all in all this is a good place for families to come for a beach outing. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. Blue Flag beach Directions From Gorey get onto the R742 which will lead you straight to Courtown. Ordnance Survey Map No. 69  View Larger Map       [...]

Bunclody Outdoor Pool

Curracloe

Curracloe March 2012 If it's long beaches you want, then go to Curracloe. This is a wide expanse of beach which must be six kilometres long if you take in the whole stretch up to Blackwater Head. In fact, this whole coastline from Ballymoney to Wexford appears to be just one long beach. So, there is plenty of sand in Curracloe but also lots of water. You can get into your depth fairly quickly here and it's sandy underfoot, so it's a good place for a swim. However, the beach is fairly exposed so the water can get choppy. If you are thinking of spending some time here, bring your windbreak. Curracloe has a good sized car park, with toilets nearby. A board walk runs from the car park up to the beach, but then runs into the sand, literally, before you reach the hard sand. Why this happens we don't know but it does mean the beach isn't wheelchair accessible, but you will manage with buggies. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. Blue Flag beach. Directions From Wexford take the R471 toward Gorey and Dublin. After a few kilometres take a right turn onto the R742 signposted Curracloe and Courtown. In Curracloe take a right turn onto the R743 signposted for the beach. This road will lead you to the car park. Ordnance Survey Map No. 77  View Larger Map   [...]

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Pollshone Beach

Pollshone Beach March 2012 Pollshone is a smaller, less well known neighbour to the more popular Courtown. Some people like it for precisely that reason. The beach here is small, curved and sheltered. The water is usually fairly calm and so it is good for those who want a decent swim. It is also well used by children with the beach often full of families from the nearby caravan park and others who prefer their beaches smaller and less crowded. Facilities at Pollshone are basic. There is space for cars to park at the top of the hill before you descend to the beach, but you can't park any closer. The beach is not wheelchair accessible and you will be lifting buggies for the last few yards across a rough path before you hit the sand. Although Pollshone itself is small, when the tide is out you can walk back to nearby Ardamine and on to Courtown itself.  View Larger Map Directions From Courtown take the R742 in the direction of Wexford. After a few kilometres watch out for a right turn signposted Pollshone. Park at the end of this road before the road narrows and drops toward the beach. Ordnance Survey Map No. 69 Pollshone Ardamine Ardamine [...]

Bunclody Outdoor Pool

Ballymoney

<h2 class="style2"><b>Ballymoney Beach</b></h2> <p>June 2012</p> <p>At Ballymoney you get two beaches for the price of one. The first, just down from the car park, is smaller, a bit stony but with good shelter. It's a good place for families with children as the kids can't stray too far.</p> <p>As with much of this coastline, the water is soft, dark and sandy. There is a gradual wade in and when we were there it was calm and very good for swimming. The beach is buggy accessible but not for wheelchairs - yet again.</p> <p>The other beach, called the North beach, is just a few minutes walk from the car park along a stony path. This one has lifeguards in the summer months and is clearly a safer place to swim. The North beach is longer, more open and a bit sandier. Again, the water here is dark and calm. When we were there in June we were the only ones swimming and so had our own personal life guard watching us from the water's edge. Thank you Wexford County Council.</p> <p>If you are planning a stay on this beach you might be advised to bring a wind break. </p> <p>Ballymoney has parking space for about twenty cars and in the summer there is also a little shop in operation. There are decent toilets and the beach also has the Blue Flag award</p> <p><i>Directions: </i></p> <p><i>From Dublin you take the N11 for Wexford. You leave it at Exit 23 for Courtown and on this road, the R742 there are a couple of left turns signposted Ballymoney. Take your choice and follow the signposts.</i></p> <p> <br /><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=52.67997,-6.20263&amp;num=1&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=m&amp;z=14&amp;ll=52.677840,-6.203190&amp;source=embed" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></p> <p><i>Ordnance Survey Map No. 69</i></p> <p align="center"><img src="Ballymoney/ballmoney_(12).jpg" class="magnify" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p align="center"><img src="Ballymoney/ballmoney_(13).jpg" class="magnify" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p align="center"><img src="Ballymoney/ballmoney_(16).jpg" class="magnify" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p align="center"> </p> [...]

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