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Ballynacourty (The Pool)

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Ballynacourty (The Pool) is situated on Ireland’s south coast at the commencement point of the channel to Dungarvan Harbour. It is a relatively deep anchoring position in a rural setting adjacent to an old drying pier and hotel.

Ballynacourty (The Pool) is situated on Ireland’s south coast at the commencement point of the channel to Dungarvan Harbour. It is a relatively deep anchoring position in a rural setting adjacent to an old drying pier and hotel.

Situated in the mouth of the bay, but nestled in sheltered channels, it offers a tolerable anchorage in most conditions. However, it is exposed to a good deal of sea at high water during southeasterly winds. Should this occur proceeding onward to Dungarvan Town Quay would be a natural choice. Navigation is straightforward, night or day and at any stage of the tide as the entrance channel is well marked by ample closely-spaced lit channel markers, that are easily picked up and leave little to confuse.
Please note

Dungarvan estuary is a broad shallow entrance with channels between sandbanks. Care must be taken to use the established marked channel that is corrected on a regular basis.




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Last modified
April 21st 2020

Summary* Restrictions apply

A tolerable location with straightforward access.

Facilities
Shop with basic provisions availableSlipway availableHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the areaMarked or notable walks in the vicinity of this locationPost Office in the areaRegional or international airport within 25 kilometres


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderJetty or a structure to assist landingQuick and easy access from open waterNavigation lights to support a night approachSet near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Restriction: shallow, drying or partially drying pier



Position and approaches
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Haven position

52° 5.061' N, 007° 34.482' W

200 metres west of Ballynacourty Pier in the north end of a deep hole called locally as 'The Pool'.

What is the initial fix?

The following Dungarvan Initial Fix will set up a final approach:
52° 4.500' N, 007° 32.000' W
Midway between Carrickapane and Carricknamoan rocks (about 600 metres from each).


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 along with the run across the bay are covered in the Dungarvan Town Quay 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 Ballynacourty (The Pool) for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Dungarvan Town Quay - 1 miles WNW
  2. Helvick - 1.3 miles SSE
  3. Stradbally Cove - 2.9 miles ENE
  4. Ardmore Bay - 6 miles SSW
  5. Boatstrand Harbour - 6.5 miles ENE
  6. Youghal - 7.9 miles SW
  7. Knockadoon Harbour - 9.9 miles SW
  8. Port of Waterford - 12.5 miles ENE
  9. Little Island - 13.1 miles ENE
  10. Dunmore East - 13.6 miles E
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Dungarvan Town Quay - 1 miles WNW
  2. Helvick - 1.3 miles SSE
  3. Stradbally Cove - 2.9 miles ENE
  4. Ardmore Bay - 6 miles SSW
  5. Boatstrand Harbour - 6.5 miles ENE
  6. Youghal - 7.9 miles SW
  7. Knockadoon Harbour - 9.9 miles SW
  8. Port of Waterford - 12.5 miles ENE
  9. Little Island - 13.1 miles ENE
  10. Dunmore East - 13.6 miles E
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What's the story here?
Ballynacourty
Image: Michael Harpur


Ballinacourty, officially Ballynacourty, overlooks Dungarvan Bay from a rural part of the shore. Its is fronted by a drying 19th-century pier and boathouse with a hotel and golf course adjacent.

Ballynacourty Pier small beach and slipway
Image: Michael Harpur



The Pool is a deep-water part of the channel leading across the bay to Dungarvan Harbour. It can be found abreast and about 200 metres to the west of Ballynacourty pier. The Pool is relatively deep, it has from 2.3 to 3.5 metres of water at LWS, is steep and surrounded by shallow water. Three or four leisure vessels may lie here in perfect safety sheltered by the Deadman Sand.


How to get in?
The Pool lies about 200 metres to the west of Ballynacourty Pier
Image: Michael Harpur


Convergance Point Use the directions provided for Dungarvan Town Quay Click to view haven for approaches to Ballynacourty and the pool.

By night the lighthouse on Ballynacourty Point is sectored and the channel markers are lit. Street lights on the pier and the hotel's lights make the location just as obvious.


Ballynacourty Pier as seen from The Pool
Image: Burke Corbett


Haven location Carefully sound out the position of the pool. The pool is relatively deep, steep and surrounded by shallow water so sound it out carefully. It is important to get a good feel for its extent so that the scope of the chain does not allow the vessel to swing out over the surrounding shallow ground. The area has excellent sand and shale holding.

Land by tender at the pier that dries out beyond its head or at the inner slip at high water.


Why visit here?
Ballinacourty, officially Ballynacourty takes its name from the Irish Baile na Cúirte, meaning 'town of the court or mansion' or 'Mansion Village'. The 'Mansion' was the residence of the Osbornes, to whom this property passed from Roger Dalton in the early part of the 17th-century.


The limestone masonry of Ballynacourty’s pier has served since 1832
Image: Michael Harpur


Ballynacourty’s central feature has to be its elegant pier that dates back to 1832 and is a reminder of the maritime heritage that traditionally supported the village’s economy. The pier is made up of high-quality limestone masonry that has stood the test of time.


Original bollard
Image: Michael Harpur


Novel features by today’s standards such as the cut-stone mooring bollards and its stone cobbling are as serviceable today as when it was first built. It presents an attractive focal point to the village hotel and golf course behind.

Ballynacourty Point Lighthouse
Image: Burke Corbett


A mile to the southeast, set back from the road in its own grounds, is the picturesque structure Ballynacourty Point Lighthouse. Built as part of the Irish Lights Building Programme the light was first established in July 1858. It was subsequently converted to acetylene operation in 1929 and electrified during February 1964. Throughout these changes, it retained its original form and character and together with its lighthouse keeper's house, it makes for an appealing self-contained group that provides a principal point of focus to Ballynacourty Point. It can be accessed via a long narrow lane between holes 6 and 7 of the golf course.


Ballynacourty Point Lighthouse and its grounds
Image: John Hughes via CC BY 2.0


The championship parkland golf course was originally a 9 hole course that dated back to 1939. It has recently been extended to 18 holes and offers mature tree-lined fairways with panoramic views of Dungarvan Bay and the Comeragh mountains. Needless to say, the Gold Coast Hotel located alongside provides a welcome rest to tired and thirsty sailors. So despite being set in a rural area Ballincourty has plenty of interest to occupy a shore visit.


Ballynacourty Pier with the tide on the rise and Dungarvan in the backdrop
Image: John Hughes via CC BY 2.0


From a boating point of view, this is an ideal holding anchorage for boats awaiting a tide to get to the jetty off the Boat Club in Dungarvan Harbour and is much used as such by local boatmen. But the haven itself serves as a secure easily accessed stopover for a good night’s sleep while making passage along the coast. It likewise provides a good place to sit out an adverse coastal tidal stream without having to go too far off track to slip into the next tide.


What facilities are available?
Land at the pier or slip where a tap can be found. The hotel offers food and drink. Basic shopping is to be had in the village. Dungarvan Harbour provides better provisioning opportunities.


Any security concerns?
Never an issue known to have occurred to a vessel anchored in the pool.


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


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About Ballynacourty (The Pool)

Ballinacourty, officially Ballynacourty takes its name from the Irish Baile na Cúirte, meaning 'town of the court or mansion' or 'Mansion Village'. The 'Mansion' was the residence of the Osbornes, to whom this property passed from Roger Dalton in the early part of the 17th-century.


The limestone masonry of Ballynacourty’s pier has served since 1832
Image: Michael Harpur


Ballynacourty’s central feature has to be its elegant pier that dates back to 1832 and is a reminder of the maritime heritage that traditionally supported the village’s economy. The pier is made up of high-quality limestone masonry that has stood the test of time.


Original bollard
Image: Michael Harpur


Novel features by today’s standards such as the cut-stone mooring bollards and its stone cobbling are as serviceable today as when it was first built. It presents an attractive focal point to the village hotel and golf course behind.

Ballynacourty Point Lighthouse
Image: Burke Corbett


A mile to the southeast, set back from the road in its own grounds, is the picturesque structure Ballynacourty Point Lighthouse. Built as part of the Irish Lights Building Programme the light was first established in July 1858. It was subsequently converted to acetylene operation in 1929 and electrified during February 1964. Throughout these changes, it retained its original form and character and together with its lighthouse keeper's house, it makes for an appealing self-contained group that provides a principal point of focus to Ballynacourty Point. It can be accessed via a long narrow lane between holes 6 and 7 of the golf course.


Ballynacourty Point Lighthouse and its grounds
Image: John Hughes via CC BY 2.0


The championship parkland golf course was originally a 9 hole course that dated back to 1939. It has recently been extended to 18 holes and offers mature tree-lined fairways with panoramic views of Dungarvan Bay and the Comeragh mountains. Needless to say, the Gold Coast Hotel located alongside provides a welcome rest to tired and thirsty sailors. So despite being set in a rural area Ballincourty has plenty of interest to occupy a shore visit.


Ballynacourty Pier with the tide on the rise and Dungarvan in the backdrop
Image: John Hughes via CC BY 2.0


From a boating point of view, this is an ideal holding anchorage for boats awaiting a tide to get to the jetty off the Boat Club in Dungarvan Harbour and is much used as such by local boatmen. But the haven itself serves as a secure easily accessed stopover for a good night’s sleep while making passage along the coast. It likewise provides a good place to sit out an adverse coastal tidal stream without having to go too far off track to slip into the next 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:
Dungarvan Town Quay - 1 miles WNW
Helvick - 1.3 miles SSE
Ardmore Bay - 6 miles SSW
Youghal - 7.9 miles SW
Knockadoon Harbour - 9.9 miles SW
Coastal anti-clockwise:
Stradbally Cove - 2.9 miles ENE
Boatstrand Harbour - 6.5 miles ENE
Dunmore East - 13.6 miles E
Creadan Head - 14.7 miles ENE
Passage East - 14.9 miles ENE

Navigational pictures


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