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The village of Fethard-on-Sea is known for its picturesque little harbour, which offers great views of the sea of Wexford. Among Fethard's historical attractions are the ruins of the 9th-century church St Mogue's and the remnants of a 15th-century castle that belonged to the bishop of Ferns.
Hook Lighthouse is a remarkably well-preserved medieval lighthouse dating from the early 13th century. It has served sailors and shipping for an almost unbroken 800 years and is believed to be one of the oldest operational lighthouses in the world. Automated since 1996, it is now open to the public.
Southwest of the Viking-founded town of Wexford, the 38km Ring of Hook route loops around the Hook Peninsula, taking in Hook Lighthouse on the windswept southern edge. To the west of the Hook Peninsula, it's a five-minute crossing by car ferry from Ballyhack, overlooked by the impressive Fethard Castle, to the thatched fishing village of Passage East.
Situated in a field off the main street in Fethard-on-Sea, Fethard Castle is a 15th-century L-shaped fortified manor with a tall round tower attached to its south-eastern corner. The castle was built on the site of an early Norman motte & bailey, the remains of which can be seen in the large grassy mound behind the ruins.
Scuba Dive South East is based on the Hook Peninsula and leads dives in a wide area encompassing the entire area off the southeastern coast. This region off the Irish coast is known for wreck exploring, a diverse range of marine life, and some ideal spots for diving. Scuba Dive South East caters for divers of all abilities.
Visit the ancestral home of the man after whom the University of California Berkeley is named. Berkeley Forest House in New Ross has a fine collection of 18th- and 19th-century toys, costumes, toy carriages, embroidered textiles, and rare dolls - many of them from Irish families. Tours also include a small and inviting garden.
Taking place every August, the Fethard Family Festival opens on a Friday evening with fireworks and entertainment in the village pubs; before launching Saturday with the gruelling Hook Spring Triathlon, a tag rugby tournament, kite making competition, family treasure hunt, barbecue and other activities; and running all day Sunday with a street party with craft stalls, balloon modeling, face painting, puppet show, kids disco and more fun events.
Enjoy leisurely treks and horse riding on the beach with Glenmoor Riding School in Fethard on Sea. Visitors can also avail of quality-approved instruction for riders of all standards.
Set in a stunning coastal location, Fethard is surrounded by delightful beaches. Baginbun Bay is a sheltered little cove with beautiful golden sand and a little waterfall cascading from the adjacent cliffs. If you are looking for variety, there are 14 flawless beaches near Fethard.
The cliff-tops on Baginbun Head make for a wonderful location for a walk. Feel the bracing sea breeze and admire the Martello tower, erected in 1803 to defend against a possible invasion by Napoleon. There are also Norman fortifications worth looking at.
Sea angling is a popular activity in Fethard, with Sandeel Bay excellent for bass. Night fishing is best, however, as the area is a favourite for swimmers during the day, and the fish tend to move closer to the shore in the dark. Fishing on the bottom offers bass, flounder and conger, at low water and the first two hours of a flooding tide. Fethard Harbour is good for mackerel and, at high water, it holds a fair head of mullet in summer.
5.3km from Fethard On Sea
Surround yourself with the beautiful scenery of Duncannon, County Wexford, when you stay at this wonderful 4-star self catering property. Perfect for a family holiday or a romantic break, it offers peace and seclusion in unspoilt surroundings on a working farm, where you can observe the daily workings of an Irish farm.
Activities for you to enjoy while breathing in the fresh country air include fishing, hill walking, pitch n’ putt, and pony trekking (8km).
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5.2km from Fethard On Sea
The holiday home is beautifully furnished and decorated. Relax in the cosy living area in front of an open fire, and enjoy meals together in the modern kitchen with its excellent cooking facilities.
Located in a small development called Hookless Village, the holiday home is only a short walk from Sandeel Bay, a coastal paradise with opportunities for deep-sea angling, bird watching, snorkelling, swimming, or just lazing on the beach.
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0.9km from Fethard On Sea
Experience a superior standard of 4-star accommodation 1km from the heritage town of Fethard on Sea, just 2 minutes' walk from a sandy beach in County Wexford. This cluster of 21 luxury holiday homes is set in a private cul-de-sac beside Grange Beach. All cottages sleep 5 people, with 3 bedrooms, and are fully equipped with every requirement for an enjoyable holiday.
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1.3km from Fethard On Sea
Spend your valuable time in 4-star luxury in the quiet little fishing harbour of Slade, County Wexford. The house comprises four bedrooms, with a double bed and four single beds – ideal for family getaways. The lounge commands spectacular views of the quayside, sea, and surrounding coastline. The kitchen and dining room are equipped with every modern convenience.
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