Ballinamona Beach

Getting there

Further south again from Morriscastle again are Ballinamona and Ballyvalden and Knocknasillogue. It takes about 1 hour to walk to Ballinamona and about 15 to each of the beaches beyond.

Driving to all three beaches takes about 10 minutes. Car parking is good at Knocknasillogue but is limited at the other two beaches.

Special Features of the beaches

Walking

Ballinamona BeachThis is a fantastic stretch of beach bordered by high banks with views all the way to Rosslare to the south and to Cahore Point to the north.  If you are a jogger or even want to walk the dogs it is fantastic and private both early in the mornings and late in the evenings. They are ideal beaches for walking and they are bordered by small country lanes redolent with fragrant wild flowers which pass old farmhouses still thatched in the traditional way.  At Wexford Beach Homes we have mapped walks specially for our guests creating ring walks to include these little lanes and returning to the beach.

Fishing

As in Tinebearna Fishing from the shore is very popular along this stretch of beach. Bass, flounder, smoothound, spurdog, dab, ray and dogfish can all be encountered in Ballinanmona. In  Ballyvaldon the beach has a steeper gradient and deeper water than other locations in this area and unlike Tinnabearna distance casting is not as important. This is a good mark for spurdog and bullhuss with spring and autumn being the best periods. The stretch of beach between Tinnabearna and Ballyvaldon is used extensively for shore angling matches.
We have rods and reels available if you would like to try fishing for some holiday fun.

A little History

Ballinmona is locally known as the “Killums and Eatums Strand” from folk tales of ships lured onto the sand bank off the beach by lights on the cliff. The ships were looted and as no sailors were ever found it was presumed they were eaten!.

The famous Blackwater Bank

The waves you can see clearly breaking on the Horizon from these beaches are breaking on the Blackwater Bank.

This Sand Bank was a lethal hazard for sailing ships before modern navigation aids and the Blackwater Sand Bank was the site of many wrecks in the Irish Sea .The emigrant ship the Pomona was wrecked on this bank with a loss of 380 lives. In 1849 it is the sixth worst sea disaster in Irish waters. The Pomona was an American ship sailing from Liverpool to New York with mainly Irish passengers. There was a huge increase in emigration to America after the famine from Ireland and much of this emigration was from Liverpool.

Ballinamona BeachThe Pamona was an impressive three masted American ship and a large ship for that time. It sailed from Liverpool on April 27th 1859 with 389 passengers and a crew of 38. The ship set off from Liverpool with the passengers and crew playing a pipe and a fiddle and dancing on deck –many passengers joyful and expectant of a better life in America. Through a series of navigational errors the Ship hit hard into the Blackwater Bank about 4am in the morning. The ship battled the seas for 24 hours but eventually sunk. No one on shore knew that such a disaster was happening in the mists out to sea.

Amongst those drowned was Henry Lavery whose son grew up to be Sir John Lavery (1856 to 1941) the painter. His son’s portrait of his wife was reproduced on the original Irish pound note.

The masthead of the Pamona showing a woman dipping her hands in a basket of plenty and many artefacts from the ship are to be found in the Enniscorthy Museum. The museum has been recently renovated and has a collection of many of the artefacts salvaged from this stretch of coast.

Ballinamona Beach

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