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Ballyhack

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Ballyhack is located on the southeast coast of Ireland eight miles within and on the eastern shores of Waterford Harbour. It is a small fishing village and ferry terminal that has a small drying harbour. The harbour accommodates shallow draft vessels that can take to the mud and deeper draft vessels can anchor outside.

Ballyhack harbour offers complete protection from all winds, and vessels anchored outside will find it a good location in almost all reasonable conditions. The wide, unhindered and well-marked Waterford Harbour estuary provides safe access, night or day and at any stage of the tide.
Please note

Tidal streams are a prime consideration within Waterford Harbour; a strong adverse current will make for slow progress, conversely, a favourable passage current will make the estuary quickly traversable.




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Keyfacts for Ballyhack
Facilities
Shop with basic provisions availableSlipway availableHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the areaBoatyard with hard-standing available here; covered or uncoveredRegional or international airport within 25 kilometres


Nature
Set near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinityHistoric, geographic or culturally significant location; or in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Restriction: shallow, drying or partially drying pierNote: strong tides or currents in the area that require consideration

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
Minimum depth
-1 metres (-3.28 feet).

Approaches
4 stars: Straightforward; when unaffected by weather from difficult quadrants or tidal consideration, no overly complex dangers.
Shelter
5 stars: Complete protection; all-round shelter in all reasonable conditions.



Last modified
May 3rd 2018

Summary* Restrictions apply

A completely protected location with straightforward access.

Facilities
Shop with basic provisions availableSlipway availableHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the areaBoatyard with hard-standing available here; covered or uncoveredRegional or international airport within 25 kilometres


Nature
Set near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinityHistoric, geographic or culturally significant location; or in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Restriction: shallow, drying or partially drying pierNote: strong tides or currents in the area that require consideration



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Position and approaches
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Haven position

52° 14.707' N, 006° 58.133' W

This is on the head of the southern pier.

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, along with the run up the harbour, are covered in the Port of Waterford Click to view haven entry.


Not what you need?
Try our Advanced Havens Search tool to find locations with the specific attributes you need, or click the 'Next', coastal clockwise, or 'Previous', coastal anti-clockwise, buttons to progress through neighbouring havens. Below are the ten nearest havens to Ballyhack for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Passage East - 0.2 miles SSW
  2. Arthurstown - 0.4 miles ESE
  3. Seedes Bank - 0.5 miles NW
  4. Buttermilk Point - 0.7 miles NNW
  5. Duncannon - 1.1 miles SE
  6. Cheekpoint - 1.2 miles NNW
  7. Little Island - 2.2 miles W
  8. Dollar Bay - 2.3 miles SE
  9. Creadan Head - 2.4 miles S
  10. Templetown Bay - 2.9 miles SSE
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Passage East - 0.2 miles SSW
  2. Arthurstown - 0.4 miles ESE
  3. Seedes Bank - 0.5 miles NW
  4. Buttermilk Point - 0.7 miles NNW
  5. Duncannon - 1.1 miles SE
  6. Cheekpoint - 1.2 miles NNW
  7. Little Island - 2.2 miles W
  8. Dollar Bay - 2.3 miles SE
  9. Creadan Head - 2.4 miles S
  10. Templetown Bay - 2.9 miles SSE
Alternatively the above can be ordered by compass direction or coastal sequence


How to get in?
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Ballyhack's drying harbour overlooked by its Norman Castle
Image: Tourism Ireland


Ballyhack is a small village situated on the eastern shore of the Waterford Harbour. The village is fronted by a small drying quay suitable for small fishing boats. It is the eastern terminus of a ferry service operates between Ballyhack and Passage East that lies on the opposite shore.

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, head northeast for the ‘Waterford’ port marker buoy and then pick up the No. 1 and 2 buoys of the fairway. From here follow the marked channel up to the facing villages of Passage East and Ballyhack where a regular ferry crosses.
Please note

Particular attention needs to be paid to passing the ferry in the fast flowing waters of the River Suir. In summer months it crosses every 15 minutes, making as many as 120 crossings each day, and can reach speeds of up to 4 knots at certain phases of the tide. The ferry operates within very tight margins and should not be impeded nor should a vessel anchor anywhere within its vicinity.





Haven location Deep water vessels may anchor west by northwest of the small harbour well clear of the car ferry area of operations. Depths of 3 to 4 metres will be found near the mooring buoys with excellent mud holding.
Please note

There are no public mooring buoys available here and what can be seen are private or owned by the commercial craft boatyard.





Although this anchorage is convenient for Ballyhack it is not the best location in this area. Currents attain 3 kn at springs at this narrow part of the river and, although nothing to cause any unendurable hardship, a funnelled estuarial seaway can carry into this anchoring area. However on neaps and in fair conditions it makes for an excellent berth and if it should become in any way uncomfortable a good night’s sleep is assured by a short half mile jaunt up to Seedes Bank Click to view haven or, with the the same distance again, Buttermilk Point Click to view haven.

Ballyhack harbour dries out five metres beyond the harbour walls where it then shelves steeply into the channel. Vessels intending to stay here need to arrive at high water and plan to take to the mud. The inner basin, with its west-southwest facing entrance, offers up to 1.5 metres on springs, 0.6 metres on neaps, with depths increasing somewhat towards the entrance. The south wall of the inner basin has a slip that wraps around it, extending off both sides and its head. A vessel entering or leaving the basin, or coming alongside this pier at high water, should keep two metres off the wall to allow for this covered slip. Likewise the ‘Dock’ or north wall extends further than it appears. The final five metres of the wall has had its head knocked off and the remaining wall stump gets covered at half-tide. Keep well off the submerged path that extends off the end of this wall in order to avoid clipping the covered end stump.



It is also possible to come alongside the outsides of the walls of both piers. The outside walls provide an extra metre of water to the above inner depths. This extra depth provides a tidal visitor with maximum shore-time plus it is also possible to dry out on mud alongside the outside walls. Of the two, the berth at the head of the south wall provides the best depth in Ballyhack, just inside of the ferry pylons. However, as it is boxed in by the ferry slip on the south end, it is best approached on a flood tide so a vessel may power into the current and not get pushed down upon the ferry slip. It is not possible to dry out near the root of the South pier, as deep in the ‘V’ between it and the ferry slip the bottom is made up of uneven rock.
Please note

There is a privately owned pier immediate south of Ballyhack that cannot be used and is clearly sign posted as such

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What's the story here?
Ballyhack, in Irish: Baile Each, is thought to have derived its name from the Irish words for stable Seasmhach joined with baile. Baile, anglicised to "Bally", has several meanings: town, village, farm, home, or a small settlement. It is thought that Ballyhack would have meant “Townland of the stable“.


Ballyhack Castle
Image: Tourism Ireland


In Samuel Lewis’s 1837 ‘’A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland’’ he describes Ballyhack as containing 258 inhabitants. This place is situated at the outlet of the rivers Barrow, Suir, and Nore, in Waterford harbour, and is chiefly supported by the shipping that anchors in the estuary, where, both at the quay and in the anchorage grounds, large vessels may ride securely in all states of the weather. It is a fishing station, and a small trade is carried out in corn and pigs ready for the Waterford market. Here are the ruins of a castle. Very little has changed since.

Where once it was a key anchoring ground for sailing ships the hamlet now centres around the comings and goings of the important ferry service that operates between Ballyhack and Passage East on the opposite Waterford shore. The small village contains a shop, a pub and a small quay for fishing boats.



Set on a steep slope, with a commanding position over the Suir estuary, Ballyhack Castle still stands as the village’s dominant feature. The large tower house was thought to have been built in 1450 by the Crusader Knights Hospitallers of St. John. The Knights Hospitaller, also known as the Hospitallers, Order of Hospitallers, Knights of Saint John and Order of Saint John, were among the most famous of the Western Christian military orders during the Middle Ages.

They were founded around 1023 to provide care for poor, sick or injured pilgrims to the Holy Land. After the Western Christian conquest of Jerusalem in 1099 during the First Crusade, the organisation became a religious and military order under its own Papal charter. With this order of warrior monks established in Ballyhack, the tiny village would have held enormous sway in the affairs of the busy river.

During the 17 Century Confederate rebellion, the Cromwellian forces occupied Balllyhack Castle, along with the corresponding fort at Passage, to control the river. After the defeat in the 1652 ‘Act of Settlement’ it was decreed that all Confederate landowners were to lose their estates and receive lands in Connacht in exchange. Ballyhack was then used as the holding centre for these Confederates awaiting transportation. During this time the expression to 'go to Ballyhack' assumed portentous connotations.

Today the castle is partially restored and now houses a display dealing with the history of the Crusaders, Norman nobility and medieval monks. Visitors can visit its dungeon, murder hole, see its effigies and oratory.

From a sailing point of view Ballyhack is a good place to come ashore to acquire basic provisions which are available a few strides from the pier. The pub in Ballyhack also now serves good bar food. It also has outside tables where it is possible to lazily overlook the comings and goings of the ferry and other traffic along the estuary.

Ballyhack Fisherman
Image: Tourism Ireland



What facilities are available?
There is a good pub and small shop at Ballyhack. Passage East also has a pub that offers food. If you do not fancy the tide with your dinghy you may take a foot passenger ride across on the car ferry or power across and day anchor at Passage East.

Waterford Airport is within 15 KM offering schedule flights to the UK and mainland Europe.


Any security concerns?
There are no reported security issues in the area. However if leaving the vessel unattended it is advisable to secure the vessel.


With thanks to:
John Carroll, Ballyhack, County Wexford, Ireland. Photography with thanks to Paul O'Farrell, Michael Harpur and Burke Corbett.


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The following quick Waterford Estuary video presents a camera sweep from Cheek Point round to Buttermilk Point through the Seedes Bank, Ballyhack and Passage East.





Likewise the following Tall Ships video was taken from the same location providing a feel for the estuary in this area.





This following video provides a very good history of the Castle plus the Knights Hospitallers and Templars in Wexford.





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