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Templetown Bay is located on the southeast coast of Ireland upon the eastern shores of the entrance to Waterford Harbour and four miles northward of Hook Head lighthouse. It is a secluded and picturesque anchorage with good holding.

Templetown Bay is located on the southeast coast of Ireland upon the eastern shores of the entrance to Waterford Harbour and four miles northward of Hook Head lighthouse. It is a secluded and picturesque anchorage with good holding.

Templetown is an exposed anchorage in settled conditions, that would only be used as a day-anchorage, lunchtime stop or tide-wait location. It is not usable in any strong westerly component conditions but excellent in anything easterly or settled conditions. The wide, unhindered and well-marked Waterford Harbour estuary provides safe access, night or day and at any stage of the tide.
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A potential race can develop at the entrance to Waterford Harbour when the estuary tide collides with rough sea conditions. Prepare for a turbulent time on the entry if there are strong southerly conditions blowing into an ebb tide. In extreme conditions, such as a southeasterly Force 8 on an ebb tide, it is best avoided until the tide turns.




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Last modified
May 27th 2019

Summary

An exposed location with straightforward access.

Facilities
Public house or wine bar in the areaPleasant family beach in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderSet near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Note: strong tides or currents in the area that require consideration



HM  +353 51 301400      Ch.12
Position and approaches
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Haven position

52° 10.650' N, 006° 54.400' W

Off the beach in the 2.5 metre LWS contour.

What is the initial fix?

The following Waterford Harbour marked channel initial fix will set up a final approach:
52° 10.740' N, 006° 56.320' W
This waypoint is 600 metres south by southwest of the Waterford Channel Number 1. starboard-hand marker (Fl.G.2s on a bearing of 009°T). It is directly east of Creadan Head, upon the eastern side of the Waterford Channel where at night you will see the Dunmore East leading lights alternate white/green.


What are the key points of the approach?

Offshore details are available in southeastern Ireland’s coastal overview for Rosslare Harbour to Cork Harbour Route location. Seaward approaches and the run up the harbour are covered in the Port of Waterford Click to view haven entry.


Not what you need?
Click the 'Next' and 'Previous' buttons to progress through neighbouring havens in a coastal 'clockwise' or 'anti-clockwise' sequence. Below are the ten nearest havens to Templetown Bay for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Dollar Bay - 0.6 miles NNW
  2. Lumsdin's Bay - 0.7 miles S
  3. Creadan Head - 1.1 miles W
  4. Slade - 1.6 miles S
  5. Duncannon - 1.8 miles NNW
  6. Baginbun Bay - 1.9 miles E
  7. Fethard On Sea - 2 miles ENE
  8. Dunmore East - 2.2 miles WSW
  9. Bannow Bay - 2.6 miles ENE
  10. Arthurstown - 2.6 miles NNW
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Dollar Bay - 0.6 miles NNW
  2. Lumsdin's Bay - 0.7 miles S
  3. Creadan Head - 1.1 miles W
  4. Slade - 1.6 miles S
  5. Duncannon - 1.8 miles NNW
  6. Baginbun Bay - 1.9 miles E
  7. Fethard On Sea - 2 miles ENE
  8. Dunmore East - 2.2 miles WSW
  9. Bannow Bay - 2.6 miles ENE
  10. Arthurstown - 2.6 miles NNW
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What's the story here?
Templetown Beach
Image: Michael Harpur


Templetown Bay is situated within the entrance to Waterford Harbour, on the eastern shore of the Hook Head peninsula about four miles northward of Hook Head. It is a secluded bay in an isolated location.


How to get in?
Templetown Bay
Image: Michael Harpur


Convergance Point Use the Port of Waterford Click to view haven for details of seaward approaches, entry to Waterford Harbour and the run up the estuary.

Initial fix location From the initial fix, set in the middle of the entrance, a vessel may steer a direct course for Templetown Bay that is a distance of 2.5 miles to the northeast of the Waterford buoy.

Alternatively, and particularly so for eastward approaching vessels, it is possible to freely round Hook Head and follow the peninsula’s western shoreline up to the bay. There is plenty of water and no off-lying dangers 300 metres off this coastline.


Templetown is readily identified by its church set back a quarter of a mile from
the beach

Image: Michael Harpur


On closer approaches, the bay is readily identified by a church, set back a quarter of a mile from the beach, with a public house close north of it.

Haven location Tuck in as far as draft permits and land on the beach by tender.


Why visit here?
Templetown derives its name from the Knights Templar who after the Norman invasion took ownership of the area and used this region as a centre for their operations.


The ruin of their 13th-century Templar church overlooking the beach
Image: Michael Harpur


The Knights Templar, or simply the Templars, is a shortening of the ‘Order of the Temple The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon’. They were formed in 1118 in Jerusalem initially to protect that city and Pilgrims visiting holy sites in the Middle East. Later they adopted the Cistercian rule and were officially recognized by Pope Innocent II in 1130. They lead the invasion of the Middle East and in doing so their striking uniform of white mantles with a red cross became emblematic.

The distinctive uniform of the Knights Templar
Image: Michael Harpur
At the time there were other similar Christian Military Orders operating in Europe and the Middle East and there was much rivalry between them. Knights Hospitaller was another example and they also followed the Normans into Ireland taking estates further up river and constructing Ballyhack Castle. However, the Knights Templar were by far the better known of all the Christian Military Orders being the most skilled and ferocious warriors. They took on the role of a standing army assuming the defence of key military positions, towers, and castles throughout Europe. Later non-combatant members of the Order began to operate this network of fortifications across Europe and the Holy Land in a structured fashion. From this widespread piece of economic infrastructure, stretching throughout Christendom, they began to innovate and institutionalise financial techniques for transferring and lending funds that many regarded as the origins of modern banking. This made them a very wealthy and powerful Order.

The Templars were well established in England at the time of the invasion of Ireland so it was natural that the organisation should follow the Norman armies; some individual invading Knights were believed to be Templars. When in 1171 King Henry II landed in Waterford he came to secure his control of the conquest. The invasion’s leader Strongbow had become heir to the ‘Kingdom of Leinster’ and Henry II began to fear the establishment of a rival Norman state in Ireland. He established the Knights Templars on both sides of the Waterford Estuary and, deploying them in the same role as they were used during the crusades and throughout Europe; providing security at key strategic points. At the time Waterford Harbour was the principal corridor between Britain and south-eastern Ireland and the Knights Templars would protect estuary access. On the east side, he granted them the Hook Peninsula, south of a line from Duncannon to Carnivan, and this was to become their base. Settling into Templetown the Knights Templar became a part of Norman society throughout Ireland for nearly 150 years; until the order was entirely destroyed in 1308.

Philip IV ordering the burning of the Templars
Image: Public Domain
The Templar downfall came from their close ties to the Crusades and Holy Land but mostly their burgeoning banking empire. In 1291 the last vestiges of the Crusader Holy Land states fell to Mameluk Sultanate. The Templars received a good deal of the blame for the loss of the Holy Land which after all was the Templars raison d'être, ‘defending the city of Jerusalem and Christian pilgrims’. Already resented for their wealth, power and arrogance, support for the Order faded quickly. The Templars attempted to organise another crusade to retake the Holy Land back but it failed entirely. Worse, during this period the Knights Templar had loaned vast sums of money to the King Philip IV of France; known as Philip the Fair.

Deeply in debt to the Order, and unable or unwilling to repay his debts, this turn of events presented the king with a chance of cancelling his debt by eliminating the Templars. He played on their secretive nature and whipped up wild, and almost certainly false, heresy accusations made against the Order by a recently expelled and embittered Templar. On Friday 13th of October 1307, he raided all of the Order's residences across France arresting all Templars and seizing their properties. The captives were tortured until they confessed to numerous absurd charges that included idolatry, defamation of church objects and homosexuality and were then burned at the stake. The conjured scandals so shocked medieval Europe that Philip forced Pope Clement V, then living in Avignon and almost entirely under his control, to have the order disbanded in 1312. As in the rest of Europe, the Templars were arrested and imprisoned in Dublin Castle and were tried in St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1310. While there was no torture used in Ireland, accusations based on hear-say were hurled at the Knights, but no evidence could be found and no confessions were forthcoming. The Templars, mostly older Knights in Ireland, that were not expected to give much trouble if left alone, were admonished to be good Christians and pensioned off. Their properties were either taken by the crown or transferred to the Hospitallers.


The church as seen from the road
Image: Michael Harpur


The abrupt disappearance of a major European organisation that existed for almost two centuries gave rise to speculation, legends and conspiracy theories. This alongside their distinctive dress has kept the "Templar" name alive in images of the Middle Eastern Crusades and in unusual books such as Dan Brown’s fantasy novel the The Da Vinci code. The best Irish link to the Templar Knights is found here in Templetown where the Templars had lands and houses. The ruin of their 13th-century church stands proudly above the beach. On the ground to the left of the church, a stone slab bears a Templar seal of a lamb and crucifix and within the churchyard, the grave slabs mark the burial sites of "Poor Fellow-Soldiers". The church’s unusual castellated tower is thought to have been built at a later stage for protection against warring Gaelic clans and other parts were added to by the Knights Hospitaller and the Loftus estate.


Boaters will most like have Templetown's small beach to themselves
Image: Michael Harpur


Today Templetown Bay offers a beautiful, tiny and secluded beach on which to land and let the family loose. Templetown church is a short stroll up through the rural fields and provides access to one of Ireland’s very few and best Knights Templars touchstones that a visitor is free to wander within. Alongside it is an excellent pub to have lunch. From a boating point of view, Templetown Bay is also an excellent place to wait out a tide.


What facilities are available?
This is a secluded bay with no facilities save for a good landing beach and a rough farm track that gradually ascends to the road. A few awkward fences and gates, that are especially set up to be uncompromising and dissuasive for the causal stroller, will have to be scaled.


Any security concerns?
You are most likely to be completely alone at this beach and away from any interference.


With thanks to:
Burke Corbett, Gusserane, New Ross, Co. Wexford. Photography with thanks to Michael Harpur and Burke Corbett.


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About Templetown Bay

Templetown derives its name from the Knights Templar who after the Norman invasion took ownership of the area and used this region as a centre for their operations.


The ruin of their 13th-century Templar church overlooking the beach
Image: Michael Harpur


The Knights Templar, or simply the Templars, is a shortening of the ‘Order of the Temple The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon’. They were formed in 1118 in Jerusalem initially to protect that city and Pilgrims visiting holy sites in the Middle East. Later they adopted the Cistercian rule and were officially recognized by Pope Innocent II in 1130. They lead the invasion of the Middle East and in doing so their striking uniform of white mantles with a red cross became emblematic.

The distinctive uniform of the Knights Templar
Image: Michael Harpur
At the time there were other similar Christian Military Orders operating in Europe and the Middle East and there was much rivalry between them. Knights Hospitaller was another example and they also followed the Normans into Ireland taking estates further up river and constructing Ballyhack Castle. However, the Knights Templar were by far the better known of all the Christian Military Orders being the most skilled and ferocious warriors. They took on the role of a standing army assuming the defence of key military positions, towers, and castles throughout Europe. Later non-combatant members of the Order began to operate this network of fortifications across Europe and the Holy Land in a structured fashion. From this widespread piece of economic infrastructure, stretching throughout Christendom, they began to innovate and institutionalise financial techniques for transferring and lending funds that many regarded as the origins of modern banking. This made them a very wealthy and powerful Order.

The Templars were well established in England at the time of the invasion of Ireland so it was natural that the organisation should follow the Norman armies; some individual invading Knights were believed to be Templars. When in 1171 King Henry II landed in Waterford he came to secure his control of the conquest. The invasion’s leader Strongbow had become heir to the ‘Kingdom of Leinster’ and Henry II began to fear the establishment of a rival Norman state in Ireland. He established the Knights Templars on both sides of the Waterford Estuary and, deploying them in the same role as they were used during the crusades and throughout Europe; providing security at key strategic points. At the time Waterford Harbour was the principal corridor between Britain and south-eastern Ireland and the Knights Templars would protect estuary access. On the east side, he granted them the Hook Peninsula, south of a line from Duncannon to Carnivan, and this was to become their base. Settling into Templetown the Knights Templar became a part of Norman society throughout Ireland for nearly 150 years; until the order was entirely destroyed in 1308.

Philip IV ordering the burning of the Templars
Image: Public Domain
The Templar downfall came from their close ties to the Crusades and Holy Land but mostly their burgeoning banking empire. In 1291 the last vestiges of the Crusader Holy Land states fell to Mameluk Sultanate. The Templars received a good deal of the blame for the loss of the Holy Land which after all was the Templars raison d'être, ‘defending the city of Jerusalem and Christian pilgrims’. Already resented for their wealth, power and arrogance, support for the Order faded quickly. The Templars attempted to organise another crusade to retake the Holy Land back but it failed entirely. Worse, during this period the Knights Templar had loaned vast sums of money to the King Philip IV of France; known as Philip the Fair.

Deeply in debt to the Order, and unable or unwilling to repay his debts, this turn of events presented the king with a chance of cancelling his debt by eliminating the Templars. He played on their secretive nature and whipped up wild, and almost certainly false, heresy accusations made against the Order by a recently expelled and embittered Templar. On Friday 13th of October 1307, he raided all of the Order's residences across France arresting all Templars and seizing their properties. The captives were tortured until they confessed to numerous absurd charges that included idolatry, defamation of church objects and homosexuality and were then burned at the stake. The conjured scandals so shocked medieval Europe that Philip forced Pope Clement V, then living in Avignon and almost entirely under his control, to have the order disbanded in 1312. As in the rest of Europe, the Templars were arrested and imprisoned in Dublin Castle and were tried in St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1310. While there was no torture used in Ireland, accusations based on hear-say were hurled at the Knights, but no evidence could be found and no confessions were forthcoming. The Templars, mostly older Knights in Ireland, that were not expected to give much trouble if left alone, were admonished to be good Christians and pensioned off. Their properties were either taken by the crown or transferred to the Hospitallers.


The church as seen from the road
Image: Michael Harpur


The abrupt disappearance of a major European organisation that existed for almost two centuries gave rise to speculation, legends and conspiracy theories. This alongside their distinctive dress has kept the "Templar" name alive in images of the Middle Eastern Crusades and in unusual books such as Dan Brown’s fantasy novel the The Da Vinci code. The best Irish link to the Templar Knights is found here in Templetown where the Templars had lands and houses. The ruin of their 13th-century church stands proudly above the beach. On the ground to the left of the church, a stone slab bears a Templar seal of a lamb and crucifix and within the churchyard, the grave slabs mark the burial sites of "Poor Fellow-Soldiers". The church’s unusual castellated tower is thought to have been built at a later stage for protection against warring Gaelic clans and other parts were added to by the Knights Hospitaller and the Loftus estate.


Boaters will most like have Templetown's small beach to themselves
Image: Michael Harpur


Today Templetown Bay offers a beautiful, tiny and secluded beach on which to land and let the family loose. Templetown church is a short stroll up through the rural fields and provides access to one of Ireland’s very few and best Knights Templars touchstones that a visitor is free to wander within. Alongside it is an excellent pub to have lunch. From a boating point of view, Templetown Bay is also an excellent place to wait out a tide.

Other options in this area


Click the 'Next' and 'Previous' buttons to progress through neighbouring havens in a coastal 'clockwise' or 'anti-clockwise' sequence. Alternatively here are the ten nearest havens available in picture view:
Coastal clockwise:
Dollar Bay - 0.6 miles NNW
Duncannon - 1.8 miles NNW
Arthurstown - 2.6 miles NNW
Ballyhack - 2.9 miles NNW
Seedes Bank - 3.4 miles NNW
Coastal anti-clockwise:
Lumsdin's Bay - 0.7 miles S
Slade - 1.6 miles S
Baginbun Bay - 1.9 miles E
Fethard On Sea - 2 miles ENE
Bannow Bay - 2.6 miles ENE

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