An Pasáiste Thoir
Passage East as seen from the car ferry
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Passage East (Irish: An Pasáiste Thoir) is a fishing village in County Waterford, Ireland, situated on the west bank of Waterford Harbour. It is 12 km from Waterford 10 km from Dunmore East and 21 km from Tramore.
On 23 August 1170, a year after Strongbow landed in Bannow, symbolising the beginning of the Norman invasion of Ireland, he returned to the country with 200 knights and 1,000 men, landing in Passage East.
Nearby are the ruins of Geneva Barracks, a one time planned utopian colony turned into a notorious prison and point of departure for thousands of rebels transported from the country for participation in the 1798 rebellion.
Passage East has a nice long beach great for fishing with some fine specimen bass being caught, other fish being caught on the beach vary from codlin, whitting, flatfish and pollick. It is possible to walk from Passage to Woodstown when the tide is out, this is a great walk on a sunny morning to take in the views across the river towards Duncannon. Passage East also has a natural mussel bed in which you can dig for ragworm and also the beach produces good hauls of lug. Lug can be dug all the way along the coast to Woodstown.
Passage East Ferry Company Limited, which has been in operation since 1982, links the village, and County Waterford as a whole, with County Wexford, specifically the village of Ballyhack. A journey on the company's vessel, The Tintern, which has a capacity for 28 cars, saves motorists a road journey of approximately 55 km. There has been some local concern in recent years about the level of traffic through the village generated by the car ferry.
The local GAA club, Passage GAA, concentrates on hurling. Its best known players are Sean Cullinane and Eoin Kelly. Eoin Kelly won Passage's first All-Star award in 2008. The football club associated with the Passage area is Gaultier.
The annual Waterford Estuary Mussel Festival is held in Passage East every September.
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