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Duncormick or Duncormac (Irish: Dún Cormaic) (Yola; Duncormocke) is a rural village and surrounding community located the R736 regional road in County Wexford, Ireland. At the 2002 census, it had a population of 503. The village is 11 miles (18 km) from Wexford Town, close to the fishing village of Kilmore Quay which is one of the largest fishing harbours in Ireland. Duncormick refers not only to a village, but also to the rural area surrounding it.
Duncormick is located on the River Muck and is one of the stops on the scenic Bannow Drive, a popular tourist trail and signposted route through four Wexford villages including Cullenstown, Bannow and Wellingtonbridge. Duncormick, close to numerous beaches, is popular with holidaymakers and is a forty-minute drive from Rosslare Europort, to the east, which serves Britain and one part of France. Waterford Airport lies directly to the west.
The first Norman forces arrived on three single-masted Longships at Bannow Bay, County Wexford in May 1169. They had sailed from Milford Haven in Wales, and on board were Normans, Welshmen and Flemings. Their leader was Robert FitzStephen, a Norman-Welsh warlord, and they made camp on Bannow Island, separated from the mainland by a narrow channel which has since silted up. A day later, two further ships arrived under the command of Maurice de Prendergast, bringing their numbers to around 600. They were joined by 500 Irish warriors led by Dermot MacMurrough, King of Leinster. From Bannow the combined armies headed towards Wexford, a Viking seaport some 20 miles away. There was a brief skirmish at Duncormick, before they continued on to assault Wexford’s walls. For more information about the battle at Duncormac, see Siege of Wexford.
In the 1850s, the village of Duncormick had a population of about 250. The nearby Bridgetown Canal was constructed between 1850 and 1853. It is five miles in length and less than 5 minutes walk from the village centre. The Canal served the communities of Bridgetown and Duncormick. While initially part of an extensive drainage and reclamation scheme, it was subsequently used as a transport system. Traffic was still plentiful in 1913 and the canal remained in use up to the 1940s.
On a sunny day in August, 1940, a German war plane attacked the communities of Duncormick and Campile. It released four bombs over Duncormick railway station, luckily the bombs missed the station, making four huge craters in a nearby turnip field. But the community of Campile was not so lucky, two people were killed. Not long afterward Duncormick railway station was one of many rural railway stations in Ireland to be closed.
Places to see
Duncormick is popular with pedestrians, equestrians and cyclists, who enjoy the scenery, a village with a church, canal, thatched buildings, old bridges, and river, surrounded by green fields. Fishing in both the nearby river and ocean, is a popular local pastime. The golden sands of Ballyteigue Bay and Cullenstown are close by and Ballyteigue Burrow is a nature reserve and a good place for bird watching. (See popular walk below) It is the best protected sand dune system in the south east, rich in wild flowers and butterflies and covers a 9 km coastal stretch. It was established as a national nature reserve in 1987.
A plaque on the summer cottage of P.J. McCall, commemorates the author of many ballads including "Boullavogue", a song associated with the 1798 rebellion. Nearby on the same road is a deserted Norman settlement known locally as The Seven Castles. It is clearly visible from outside Wellingtonbridge. This historic estuary and peninsula is now home to birds including brent geese, wigeon, teal and many other wintering wildfowl. Not far from in Cullenstown village is a bungalow decorated entirely with seashells.
- Duncormick to Kilmore Quay (Route via cross country) Length of walk: 3-4 hrs
Just two minutes from Duncormick, on the road towards Kilmore Quay is an old bridge which marks the starting point of a signposted scenic coastal walk. The path trails along the river/canal for 30 minutes, before reaching a small beach and continues along the beach for a further 30 minutes to another large bridge from which are spectacular views. The trail reaches the protected sand dune system of Ballyteigue Burrow. From the burrow's high dunes can be seen Ballyteigue Bay and kilometres of golden sand. Walking along the beach for a further 2 hrs leads towards Kilmore Quay and the Saltee Islands. The route takes an afternoon, ending at Kilmore Quay fishing village.
- Duncormick > Cullenstown (Route via road) Length of walk: 30 Mins
Starting at Cullenstown a scenic stroll along rural roads passes beside scenic areas along the Irish Sea coast. The ocean and cliffs can be seen for much of the walk. For cyclists, This route takes less than ten minutes.
Duncormick is a well connected route, with a cross roads in the village centre serving the R736, a regional road. Many nearby places of interest are within driving distance (see below).
Duncormick was once connected to Ireland's rail network by Duncormick railway station. In 1970 it was one of many rural stations, listed by Dáil Éireann, as having a revenue of less than £10,000 per annum. The station subsequently closed, along with many other rural stations across the country. However, both Bridgetown railway station and Wellingtonbridge railway station remained open until September 2010. The line continues to be maintained and from time to time is used for empty stock movements.
Duncormick is within driving distance of many places of interest:
Nearby historical sites:
- Norman Settlement at Wellingtonbridge
- Irish National Heritage Park
- Hook Head and lighthouse
- Loftus Hall
- Dunbrody Abbey & Visitor Centre
- Dunbrody Famine Ship
- Tintern Abbey
- Johnstown Castle & Agricultural Museum
- Enniscorthy Castle
- JFK Homestead
- JFK Park
- Our Ladies Island
- Vinegar Hill
- Wexford Festival Opera
- Bannow and Rathanghan Agriculture Show
- Fossetts Circus (summer 2008)
- Seafood Festival at Kilmore Quay
- JFK Dunbrody Festival at New Ross
- Phil Murphy Weekend at Carrig on Bannow
- Viking Boat Festival at Irish National Heritage Park
- Tagoat Steam Rally
Nearby tourist attractions:
- Ballyteigue Burrow & Bay
- Saltee Islands
- Garden of Remembrance and Maritime Museum, Kilmore Quay
- Blackstone Trekking Centre
- Pirates Cove
- Rosslare Strand
- Tramore Sea Side Resort/Fair Ground
- Blackstairs Mountains
- Passage East Car Ferry
- Kilmokea Gardens
- National 1798 Center
- Leisure Max, Tenpin Bowling
- Yola Farmstead & Folk Park
- Grey Hound Racing at Enniscorthy
- Quad Attack Adventure Centre
- Wexford Racecourse
- Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, North Slob, Wexford Harbour.
- Theatre Royal, Wexford
The local tourist information centre in Wexford Town has a resource for further information regarding places of interest across County Wexford and beyond. Almost every place of interest listed above is within a five- to fifty-minute drive from Duncormick.
The inhabitants of Duncormick are known for having a friendly nature, with a genuine, glowing community spirit. It's not uncommon for neighbours, friends, and even tourists to pay a visit to either Sinnott's, or The Legend, both pubs in the heart of the village, where they receive a genuinely warm welcome. With a Guinness in one hand, crisps in the other, 'round the open communal glowing fire is a warm experience to remember. Time passes slowly as people dwell deep into conversation regarding Duncormick's History, Irish Sport, Weather, News, whatever the topic, the locals here are always happy to see a new face and have a friendly chat. If you get tired of Ireland's weather, don't fret, the locals have a saying, 'It never rains down the pub!.'
- Dunganstown, north of Duncormick is the ancestral home of the Kennedy family which includes Joe Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the USA, Robert Kennedy and Massachusetts senator Edward Kennedy whose great-grandfather Patrick Kennedy emigrated to America from there.
- John Cullen of Duncormick was a fluent Irish speaker and nationalist whose father, Walter Cullen (or Cullin) was a noted National Leaguer in the 19th century.
- John 'Sammy' Sinnott, who owns and runs the local public house 'Sinnotts'. Sammy is known for spinning his stories of how his family have run the pub in the village since 1795 and the many famous faces he has met in his many years, for whom many photos he has to show as proof and are hanging on all the walls of his pub.
Local industry and business
The village of Duncormick is quite self-sufficient with a local post office, church, restaurant, pubs, car dealer, health spa and a supermarket with filling station. The supermarket offers DVD rentals and home baked cakes. Other business includes Duncormick Tractors LTD, which is situated within the village, whilst a ladies hair dresser, horse riding facilities at Blackstone Trekking Centre and John B O'Connor's doctor surgery are all within easy walking distance. Many B&B'S are located in, and around the village, providing plenty of accommodation for visitor's to the area. It will soon have its very own magnificent picnic area.
A pub in a friendly atmosphere with a big open fire, large screen and regular live bands. A 120 seating capacity restaurant to the rear, with speciality dishes of steak and seafood. Over-night rooms are available, en-suite and wheelchair friendly. Families welcome.
Phil Kirwan Car Sales
An independent dealer offering a range of cars available to buy, new and used, as well as repairs.
Blackstone Trekking Centre
Provides a wide choice of horse riding facilities in Duncormick suitable for every rider, novice or experienced and regardless of age. Trekking and trail riding over farmland, forest and mountain is available with cross country courses.
Since no educational establishments are located in Duncormick Village anymore, Students travel further afield. Many students travel via school bus. Popular schools used by the local community include:
- Rathangan National School, Rathangan, Co. Wexford
- Murrintown National School, Murrintown, Co. Wexford
- St. Iberius National School, Wexford Town
- Broadway National School, Broadway, Co. Wexford
- Kilrane National School, Kilrane, Co. Wexford
- Murrintown National School, Murrintown, Co. Wexford
- Piercestown National School, Piercestown, Co. Wexford
- Scoil Mhuire National School, Rosslare, Co. Wexford
- Scoil Realt na Mhara, Kilmore, Co. Wexford
- St. Fintans National School, Mayglass, Co. Wexford
- St. Joseph's National School, Hilltown, Ballymitty, Co. Wexford
- St. Mary's National School, Danescastle, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford
- Bridgetown Vocational College, Bridgetown, Co. Wexford
- Ramsgrange Community College, Ramsgrange, Co. Wexford
- Wexford Vocational College, Wexford Town
- Loreto Secondary School, Wexford Town
- St Peter's College, Wexford
- Presentation Secondary School, Wexford Town
- CBS Secondary School, Wexford Town
Soccer, hurling and gaelic football are popular past times amongst the youngsters of the area, who use Duncormick's vast surrounding country side as an advantage, offering beauty, clean air and plenty of space. Sport also plays a key role within the agenda at local schools, including Bridgetown Vocational College, where an upgraded gym offers students excellent facilities.
Local community centres, such as The Stella Maris Community Centre, Kilmore Quay, incorporates a full tournament-sized badminton court with facilities for volleyball, basketball, pool, and table tennis, offering the local community an excellent sporting facility.
St. Annes achieved a magnificent double triumph in the year 2001. They won both the county hurling and football championship. They followed this up in the next season by winning the county football championship once again.
Until the late 1990s there was little housing development but with the close proximity of Wexford Town new private developments were completed.
Duncormick was one of the first rural areas to receive broadband high speed internet access, which is now readily available.
The Killag Show is held every July, close to Duncormick. It features live DJ's, cookery, crafts, competitions, animals, show jumping, dog shows, stalls, dressage, a fair ground and lots more!
In 2007, Ireland's National Circus, Fossett's, with a big top, visited the village for two days.
The nearby Seafood Festival at Kilmore Quay, held each summer, gives everybody a chance to try any of the wide varieties of seafood caught in the sea off the nearby coast. There's also plenty of Irish dancing and Irish music to entertain audiences.
Many other nearby events, to name a few, include the JFK Dunbrody Festival at New Ross, Phil Murphy Weekend at Carrig on Bannow, Viking Boat Festival at Irish National Heritage Park, and Tagoat Steam Rally.
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