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Dooneen Pier

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Dooneen Pier is situated in Co. Cork on the southwest coast of Ireland, five miles within and on the north shore of the Dunmanus Bay inlet. It provides an anchorage off a sturdy pier with a small village close inland.

Dooneen Pier is situated in Co. Cork on the southwest coast of Ireland, five miles within and on the north shore of the Dunmanus Bay inlet. It provides an anchorage off a sturdy pier with a small village close inland.

The small rocky cove provides an exposed anchorage that can only be utilised with northerly component conditions. Daylight access is straightforward at any stage of the tide.
Please note

The anchoring area off Dooneen pier is steep-to and an anchor watch would be advisable here. A good weather window would be required to visit any of Dunmanus Bay’s havens if a vessel is time restricted. If the prevailing winds were to come on strong, though good shelter may be found further up the inlet, it would be difficult however to sail out of the bay.




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Last modified
July 19th 2018

Summary

A tolerable location with straightforward access.

Facilities
Marked or notable walks in the vicinity of this location


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring locationBerth alongside a deep water pier or raft up to other vesselsJetty or a structure to assist landingScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
None listed



Position and approaches
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Haven position

51° 33.848' N, 009° 43.690' W

This is about 200 metres east of the pier head and about the same distance from the rock with a bollard set on it situated close south east of the pier.

What are the initial fixes?

The following waypoints will set up a final approach:

(i) Dooneen Pier initial fix

51° 33.648' N, 009° 43.400' W

This initial lies about 300 metres east of Dooneen Point. Tracking 400 metres to the northeast from here leads to the anchoring area off the pier.

(ii) Dunmanus Bay initial fix

51° 30.700' N, 009° 51.200' W

This initial fix positions an Atlantic approach to Dunmanus Bay and is set midway between Sheep's Head and Mizen Head.
Please note

Initial fixes only set up their listed targets. Do not plan to sail directly between initial fixes as a routing sequence.




What are the key points of the approach?

Offshore details are available in southwestern Ireland’s Coastal Overview for Mizen Head to Loop Head Route location.


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 Dooneen Pier for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Ballynatra - 0.7 miles WSW
  2. Kilcrohane Pier - 0.9 miles ENE
  3. Dunmanus Harbour - 1.7 miles ESE
  4. Carrigmore Bay - 2.5 miles SE
  5. Kitchen Cove - 2.5 miles ENE
  6. Toormore Cove - 2.6 miles SE
  7. Goleen - 2.6 miles SSE
  8. Lonehort Harbour - 3.2 miles NNW
  9. Lawrence Cove - 3.4 miles NW
  10. Dunbeacon Cove - 3.5 miles ENE
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Ballynatra - 0.7 miles WSW
  2. Kilcrohane Pier - 0.9 miles ENE
  3. Dunmanus Harbour - 1.7 miles ESE
  4. Carrigmore Bay - 2.5 miles SE
  5. Kitchen Cove - 2.5 miles ENE
  6. Toormore Cove - 2.6 miles SE
  7. Goleen - 2.6 miles SSE
  8. Lonehort Harbour - 3.2 miles NNW
  9. Lawrence Cove - 3.4 miles NW
  10. Dunbeacon Cove - 3.5 miles ENE
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How to get in?


Details for the run up the long and narrow Dunmanus Bay are covered in the Dunbeacon Harbour Click to view haven entry.


Initial fix location The substantial old steamer pier, marked as Illaunglass on charts, will be more than visible from the initial fix. Situated to the north of Dooneen Point and on the eastern facing side of the headland, it is readily apparent. There are no outlying dangers offshore and the pier may be approached directly. The seabed here is steep and expect depths to rapidly decrease as the pier is approached.

Haven location Anchor about 50 metres off the pierhead where 5 metres can be found, making certain the anchor is well set.
Please note

As the area is steep-to a vessel runs the risk of ‘falling off’ in the event of the anchor breaking free. It is therefore advised that an anchor alarm is set off Dooneen Pier and if a shore party is landed it would be prudent to leave a competent crew member aboard at all times.





The old stone pier's rough wall makes it unsuitable to come alongside. Vessels with a fender board should explore the pier well in advance. Best landings can be had by the dinghy at the steps. The more adventurous could also explore mooring 'bow and stern' off the old steamer turning bollard set on the little rocky outcrop to the southwest of the pier - laying between the pier and Carrignacappul. A road leads up from the pier to the peninsula above.


Why visit here?
Dooneen, in Irish An Dúinín meaning the “The Little Mound” or “Little Fort” indicating the area was once defended.

Today there is very little here apart from the old steamer pier with its unusual turning bollard standing on a nearby rock to the south. In settled conditions, Dooneen provides a good landing point to set down a shore party to explore the outer end of the Sheep’s Head Way.

For those with an older family aboard the area surrounding the pier could provide plenty in the way of safe exploration. Well protected from the prevailing winds, its craggy cliffs, coves, outcrops, inlets and high and low water caves, offer hours of dinghy or canoe exploration. One notable narrow cleft situated about 25 metres south of the pier runs back 50 metres into the cliff and is never narrower than a metre wide.

From a purely sailing point of view Dooneen offers a good lunch stop location, or in settled conditions, a night’s stop could be possible.


What facilities are available?
There are no facilities at this remote location. There is no slip at the pier.


Any security concerns?
Never an issue known to have occurred to a vessel anchored off Dooneen Pier.


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


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Bad day out for the Atlantic drift at Dooneen Pier


About Dooneen Pier

Dooneen, in Irish An Dúinín meaning the “The Little Mound” or “Little Fort” indicating the area was once defended.

Today there is very little here apart from the old steamer pier with its unusual turning bollard standing on a nearby rock to the south. In settled conditions, Dooneen provides a good landing point to set down a shore party to explore the outer end of the Sheep’s Head Way.

For those with an older family aboard the area surrounding the pier could provide plenty in the way of safe exploration. Well protected from the prevailing winds, its craggy cliffs, coves, outcrops, inlets and high and low water caves, offer hours of dinghy or canoe exploration. One notable narrow cleft situated about 25 metres south of the pier runs back 50 metres into the cliff and is never narrower than a metre wide.

From a purely sailing point of view Dooneen offers a good lunch stop location, or in settled conditions, a night’s stop could be 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:
Ballynatra - 0.7 miles WSW
Bantry Harbour - 7.5 miles NE
Glengarriff Harbour - 8 miles NNE
Adrigole - 4.5 miles N
Lonehort Harbour - 3.2 miles NNW
Coastal anti-clockwise:
Kilcrohane Pier - 0.9 miles ENE
Kitchen Cove - 2.5 miles ENE
Dunbeacon Harbour - 4.5 miles ENE
Dunbeacon Cove - 3.5 miles ENE
Dunmanus Harbour - 1.7 miles ESE

Navigational pictures


These additional images feature in the 'How to get in' section of our detailed view for Dooneen Pier.












Bad day out for the Atlantic drift at Dooneen Pier



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