Our Waterford Retreat

Our "home in the country" is in Ballymacaw, 3 miles from Dunmore East in County Waterford. Each Summer and most long week-ends between Easter and Hallowe'en are spent in a tiny cottage which is part of a former Coastguard Station, with (Liv's) Ma & Da (Tom & Elsie Murray) in the cottage to one side, and the Laceys in the cottage to the other side. Patricia and John are the 4th. generation of Liv's family to holiday in the Coastguard Station, it having begun with her grandparents Dan & Rosie Ryan.

cliffs Ballymacaw Cove is a lovely natural harbour, and the local cliffs of old red sandstone between Ballymacaw and Dunmore East have several beautiful coves. Favourites are Portamhaide (or Portavodda on some maps), a south-west facing cove which is (thankfully) inaccessible by road, and Rathmoylan (no relation!). Another favourite spot is Fitzgerald's Strand near Saleen (opposite Tramore across the Bay), where we often go en masse to 'picnic', weighed down with portable barbeque, grub for lunch & tea, deck-chairs, beach gear, video-camera, footballs, all of which have to be carried from the car through a field, over sand-grass and as far along the beach as we can manage before collapsing. And sometimes we take a trip to the Hook Peninsula in County Wexford, taking the car ferry from Passage East to Ballyhack.

You can see photos of some of the places mentioned here at our Photo Gallery, or at my brother's Pictures of Ireland site.

This page is dedicated to the memory of the crew of the Jena Lisa, which sank off Brownstown Head in February 1996 and whose skipper Peter Nolan was my cousin, and also to the memory of his brother John Nolan who died tragically in 1983. My childhood and teenage memories of Ballymacaw include both cousins, and John often brought some of the 'gang' of cousins on trips up or down the coast in his boat.

Waterford Sites


Moylan Family Website

Changes last made on Sunday 6 February 2005