Rosslare Strand

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Rosslare Strand, or simply Rosslare (Irish: Ros Láir, meaning "the middle peninsula"), is a village and seaside resort in County Wexford, Ireland. The name Rosslare Strand is used to distinguish it from the nearby community of Rosslare Harbour, site of the Rosslare Europort.[1]

Rosslare has been a tourist resort for at least 100 years.[2] It prides itself on being the sunniest spot in Ireland, and records bear this out: Rosslare receives 300 hours more sunshine each year than the average place in Ireland. The long sandy strand is a Blue Flag beach[3] so it attracts swimmers and families. The beach itself consists of sand and stone running the length of the southern peninsula which protrudes into Wexford Harbour. It is segmented by a series of timber breakwaters which are designed to retain sandy deposits along the beach.[4]

There are a number of good golf courses in the vicinity.[5] Rosslare has several hotels, cafes and award winning restaurants.[6]

The village has seen an amount of building in recent years, as tax grants became available for building holiday homes in this region. As a result, there are large housing estates of holiday homes near the strand.

A long sandspit stretching north from Rosslare separates Wexford Harbour from the Irish Sea. Until the early 1920s, this spit stretched for many miles north, almost touching the Raven Point and giving a very narrow mouth to Wexford Harbour. At the end of the spit was a small fort called Rosslare Fort. In the winter of 1924-25 a storm breached the spit and it was gradually washed away. The fort was abandoned and now all that is left is an island at low tide.[7] Most maps of Ireland, however, still show the long spit of sand.

Rosslare is commonly known in Ireland as being in the "Sunny South-East", and in 1959 Rosslare recorded 1,996.4 hours of sunshine, the highest recorded in Ireland.[8] However, it is not the warmest or driest place in Ireland.

Climate[edit]

Rosslare has an oceanic climate with cool and foggy days for most of the year. Average mean annual temperature is 10.6C (51.1F). The average annual precipitation is 905 mm, and that falls on 125 days. As mentioned above the average annual sunshine hours in Rosslare are 1,600, the highest in Ireland; with temperatures rising in the summer months.

Climate data for Rosslare, County Wexford, elevation 26m, (1978–2007, extremes 1956–2007)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 14.1
(57.4)
14.1
(57.4)
15.8
(60.4)
20.1
(68.2)
22.3
(72.1)
25.5
(77.9)
26.2
(79.2)
25.9
(78.6)
22.0
(71.6)
21.5
(70.7)
17.2
(63)
15.6
(60.1)
26.2
(79.2)
Average high °C (°F) 8.8
(47.8)
8.5
(47.3)
9.9
(49.8)
11.3
(52.3)
13.6
(56.5)
16.3
(61.3)
18.3
(64.9)
18.5
(65.3)
16.8
(62.2)
14.0
(57.2)
11.3
(52.3)
9.5
(49.1)
13.1
(55.6)
Daily mean °C (°F) 6.5
(43.7)
6.3
(43.3)
7.5
(45.5)
8.8
(47.8)
11.1
(52)
13.6
(56.5)
15.5
(59.9)
15.7
(60.3)
14.2
(57.6)
11.6
(52.9)
9.0
(48.2)
7.4
(45.3)
10.6
(51.1)
Average low °C (°F) 4.2
(39.6)
4.1
(39.4)
5.1
(41.2)
6.3
(43.3)
8.6
(47.5)
11.0
(51.8)
12.7
(54.9)
12.9
(55.2)
11.6
(52.9)
9.3
(48.7)
6.7
(44.1)
5.2
(41.4)
8.1
(46.6)
Record low °C (°F) −5.1
(22.8)
−4.1
(24.6)
−2.7
(27.1)
−1.0
(30.2)
−0.3
(31.5)
4.7
(40.5)
5.2
(41.4)
6.1
(43)
2.6
(36.7)
0.7
(33.3)
−2.5
(27.5)
−3.1
(26.4)
−5.1
(22.8)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 88.4
(3.48)
70.8
(2.787)
69.1
(2.72)
59.1
(2.327)
55.7
(2.193)
54.9
(2.161)
49.9
(1.965)
71.6
(2.819)
75.0
(2.953)
109.3
(4.303)
100.9
(3.972)
100.8
(3.969)
905.5
(35.65)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 17 15 16 13 13 12 12 13 13 17 17 17 175
Average snowy days 1.7 2.3 1.0 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.6 6.2
Average relative humidity (%) 80.8 79.0 77.8 76.1 77.2 77.7 77.2 76.9 77.1 78.7 80.2 82.2 78.4
Mean monthly sunshine hours 62.0 73.5 114.7 171.0 213.9 186.0 195.3 186.0 144.0 105.4 72.0 55.8 1,579.6
Mean daily sunshine hours 2.0 2.6 3.7 5.7 6.9 6.2 6.3 6.0 4.8 3.4 2.4 1.8 4.3
Source: Met Éireann[9][10][11]

Transport[edit]

Rosslare Strand station, 2007

Rosslare is served by a number of public transport options.

Rail transport[edit]

Rosslare Strand railway station opened on 24 June 1882.[12] The Dublin to Rosslare Europort railway serves the village.[13]

Bus transport[edit]

Two main local bus services operate; 'Wexford Bus'[14] and 'Local Link'[15].

The village is also served by Bus Éireann routes 370 & 385. The 370 links it to Wellingtonbridge, New Ross and Waterford[16] (this bus route replaces the train service to Waterford which ceased in September 2010).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Rosslare travel guide from Wikivoyage

Coordinates: 52°16′23″N 6°23′12″W / 52.27306°N 6.38667°W / 52.27306; -6.38667