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Helvick is situated on Ireland’s south coast beneath Helvick Head, on the farthest southeast point of Dungarvan Bay in Co. Waterford. It is a small artificial fishing harbour protected by a breakwater that offers an anchorage with the possibility to come alongside the harbour wall when less busy.

Helvick is situated on Ireland’s south coast beneath Helvick Head, on the farthest southeast point of Dungarvan Bay in Co. Waterford. It is a small artificial fishing harbour protected by a breakwater that offers an anchorage with the possibility to come alongside the harbour wall when less busy.

This is a good anchorage from anything south round to southwest. Depending upon the vessels draft, a berth alongside the fishing pier may also be available that offers protection from all quadrants except for north-westerlies that make it choppy inside. In these circumstances it is best to head across the bay to Dungarvan. Access is straightforward at any state of the tide night or day, but the bay should be entirely avoided in easterlies.
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Seasonal visitor moorings were available in the past in Helvick but have been removed. There is a limited amount of deep water quayside available in the harbour and many fishing vessels require this section. If an alongside berth has been secured be prepared to move if it is required by a fishing vessel.

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Aerial view of Helvick

About Helvick

Helvick derives its name from the Irish Ce Heilbhic the meaning of which is unknown; it is almost certainly not Irish and is generally considered to be Scandinavian. It is a small picturesque and tranquil harbour overlooked by a row of charming fisherman’s cottages. The harbour dates back to the middle of the 19th century when it was built by the principal landowner in the district Lord Stuart de Decies.

The harbour is a keystone of the Gaelic speaking ‘Coastal Gaeltacht’ district of the ‘Ring’, or in Irish An Rinn. The Irish name An Rinn is thought to be derived from the long sandy dune spit guarding the inner bay known locally as ‘The Cunnigar’, or in Irish An Coinig. This Gaeltacht district is the smallest coastal area and second most easterly Irish-speaking area in Ireland and its development has been bolstered by the Irish Language College in the village of Ring Colaiste Na Rinne that was founded in 1909. The language plays an important role here with the community conducting all their business in Gaelic. It makes for a unique visitor experience, as the love of Irish music, song and dance, together with the language is very special. Reputedly the famous Irish folk singing group ‘The Clanceys’ first made their musical name in the Ring district.

The imposing promontory of Helvick Head is a place of great beauty that has been designated an Area of Special Protection. The impressive mainly sandstone cliffs rise to 70 metres above sea level and make an ideal nesting area for various species of seabirds. Those who enjoy a good hike will find the 7 km ‘Helvick Head Walking Trail’ the best way to experience the headland. The trail takes the hiker along heathland, close to the shoreline, and then onwards up to the summit that offers fabulous views over Dungarvan Bay with the surrounding mountains in the backdrop. The official beginning and ending points of this trail, somewhat ideally for many, are to be found by Mooney’s Pub on the R674 road.

For those who enjoy a more challenging activity Helvick Head is also a noted rock climbing location. ‘The Gainers’, locally known as Goat Islands, are also a good location for those inclined towards climbing. The group of fragmented rocks can really be considered an extension of Helvick Head itself, and they may be reached by landing in or about the gap separating it from the mainland or upon sheltered rocks. The largest grass topped inner island is reachable on foot at LW springs. Climbers will find the outer rocks pleasant to explore for their gaps, passages and small cliffs.

From a boating perspective, this is an excellent and quickly accessible location on this coast to avoid some weather or wait out a tide. There are no obstructions coming from the east or from the sea so it is very easy to drop in and out and be on your way very quickly. It is a useful tide wait location for Dungarvan or indeed a good quiet alternative to that bustling harbour. Although the harbour may be crowded when the fishing fleet is in, it is equally quiet when they are at sea. It also makes an ideal passage destination for a UK boat heading west from the Bristol Channel and looking for a daylight arrival point as far west as possible.

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:
Ardmore Bay - 5.5 miles SW
Youghal - 7.8 miles WSW
Knockadoon Harbour - 9.6 miles SW
Ballycotton - 13.4 miles SW
White Bay - 18.7 miles WSW
Coastal anti-clockwise:
Dungarvan Town Quay - 2.1 miles NW
Ballynacourty (The Pool) - 1.3 miles NNW
Stradbally Cove - 3.1 miles NE
Dunabrattin (Boatstrand) - 6.4 miles ENE
Dunmore East - 13.2 miles ENE

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Aerial view of Helvick

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