Duncormick village centre
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Duncormick or Duncormac (Irish: Dún Cormaic) is a rural village and surrounding community located in County Wexford, Ireland. At the time of the 2002 census, Duncormick 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 is sometimes used to refer not only to a village, but also to the rural area surrounding it.
Duncormick is located on the River Muck and is on the Bannow Drive, a tourist trail and signposted route through four Wexford villages including Cullenstown, Bannow and Wellingtonbridge. Duncormick is close to a number of beaches, and a forty-minute drive from Rosslare Europort, to the east, which serves Britain and France. Waterford Airport lies to the west.
In the 12th century, the first Norman forces arrived on three single-masted Longships at Bannow Bay, County Wexford. Arriving 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 approximately 20 miles away. There was a brief skirmish at Duncormick, before they continued on to assault Wexford's walls during the Siege of Wexford (1169).
By the mid-19th century, 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 common on the canal in the early 20th century, and the canal remained in use up to the 1940s.
Into the 20th century, and 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. However, the bombs missed the station, making four huge craters in a nearby turnip field. The nearby community of Campile was not so lucky, and two people were killed. Not long afterward Duncormick railway station was one of a number of rural railway stations in Ireland to be closed.
Duncormick has a cross roads in the village centre serving the R736, a regional road.
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.
The village of Duncormick has a post office, church, restaurant, pubs, car dealer, health spa and a supermarket with filling station. 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 walking distance. A number of B&B'S are located in and around the village.
There is a pub, 'The Legend', an independent motor dealer, and Blackstone Trekking Centre.
Until the late 1990s there was little housing development - but with the close proximity of Wexford Town new private developments were completed.
Nearby community centres, such as the Stella Maris Community Centre at Kilmore Quay, incorporates a full tournament-sized badminton court with facilities for volleyball, basketball, pool, and table tennis.
St. Annes achieved a double triumph in the year 2001, winning both the county hurling and football championship. They also won the county football championship in 2002. Bannow Ballymitty also achieved a double in 2003 winning both the intermediate football and junior hurling titles.
Duncormick is popular with walkers, equestrians and cyclists, and there is fishing in both the nearby river and the ocean. The beaches at Ballyteigue Bay and Cullenstown are close by and Ballyteigue Burrow is a nature reserve which is visited by birdwatchers. It is a protected sand dune system and a habitat for wild flowers and butterflies which 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 several 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 visible from outside Wellingtonbridge. This historic estuary and peninsula is now home to birds including brent geese, wigeon, teal and some other wintering wildfowl. Close to Cullenstown village is a bungalow decorated with seashells.
A signposted coastal cross-country walk, from Duncormick to Kilmore Quay, starts at an old bridge on the Kilmore Quary road. 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. The trail reaches the protected sand dune system of Ballyteigue Burrow. Walking along the beach for a further 2 hrs leads towards Kilmore Quay and the Saltee Islands. The route ends at Kilmore Quay fishing village.
The Killag Show is held close to Duncormick every July, and features music, cookery, crafts, competitions, animals, and a fair-ground. The nearby Seafood Festival at Kilmore Quay is also held in the summer.
Other nearby events include the JFK Dunbrody Festival at New Ross, Phil Murphy Weekend at Carrig on Bannow, Viking Boat Festival at the Irish National Heritage Park, and Tagoat Steam Rally.
Since no educational establishments are located in Duncormick Village anymore, students travel to schools in other areas, sometimes via school bus. Schools used by the local community include primary (national) schools in places like Rathangan, and secondary schools like Bridgetown Vocational College in nearby Bridgetown. Some school-goers travel further afield to Rosslare and Wexford Town.
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