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Curracloe (Irish: Currach Cló, meaning "marsh of the impression"[1]) is a village in County Wexford, a few miles northeast of the town of Wexford, Ireland. It lies on the R742 regional road at the junction with R743, and is linked to the long and sandy Curracloe Strand (beach) by the short R743 road, 4 km (2.5 mi) to the east. Curracloe sees a huge influx of holiday travellers every summer, who stay in bed & breakfast inns, mobile homes and caravan parks.

Ballinesker Beach / Curracloe Strand[edit]

Ballinesker Beach, Curracloe Strand, Ballinesker, were used for the filming of the D-Day sequence in Saving Private Ryan, due to similarity to Omaha Beach in Normandy.[2][3] Filming began June 27, 1997, and lasted for two months.[4][5] The village of Curracloe lacked 3-phase electricity but when the film company decided to film there, it was connected.[6]


Michael Gray operates a route linking the village with Wexford Mondays to Fridays inclusive.[7] Bus Éireann local route 379 serves Curracloe on Mondays and Saturdays only. On Mondays there is a bus at 10.34am to Gorey and at 4.36pm to Wexford. On Saturdays there are buses to Wexford at 1.11pm and 5.13pm. There is also a bus to Gorey at 8.34am. [8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ A. D. Mills, 2003, A Dictionary of British Place-Names, Oxford University Press
  2. ^ Omaha Beach. | Dog One. - Saving Private Ryan Online Encyclopedia. - Retrieved: 2008-06-09
  3. ^ Saving Private Ryan. - Irish Film and Television Network. - Retrieved: 2008-06-09
  4. ^ "Private Ryan' expo". - Wexford People. - June 6, 2007. - | "Ryan's slaughter". Independent Newspapers. - August 3 1998. - Retrieved: 2008-06-09
  5. ^ Saving Private Ryan. - Britannia Film Archives. - Retrieved: 2008-06-09
  6. ^ "10th anniversary of Saving Private Ryan". - Wexford Echo. - May 31, 2007
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Coordinates: 52°23′34.44″N 6°23′18.6″W / 52.3929000°N 6.388500°W / 52.3929000; -6.388500