Dungarvan, County Waterford

Located on the south-east coast of Ireland, Dungarvan is an inviting harbour town in County Waterford. The town is situated along the foot of the Comeragh Mountains that stretch from the coast near Dungarvan inland up till Clonmel in county South Tipperary. In Irish, this town is known as Dún Garbháin, which means Garbhan’s fort. The town owes its name to Saint Garbhan, who in the 7th century founded a church here.

Life in Dungarvan began in the 3rd century AD with the settlement of Deise tribe. However, this town began flourishing as an urban centre under the Anglo-Norman fortification that was established in 1185. Soon in 1215, King John granted a charter to this thriving seaside market town. In 1649, Oliver Cromwell entered Dungarvan but spared it after he was offered a glass of wine by a local woman. Furthermore, the entire town was re-planned by the fifth and sixth Dukes of Devonshire in the early 19th century.

Presently, Dungarvan is inhabited by more than 8,000 people and serves as an administrative headquarters of County Waterford. The town has also flourished as a business and residential centre, situated on the banks of Colligan River. Gifted by clean sandy beaches, mountains, lakes and rivers, Dungarvan is gradually becoming an ideal destination for visitors intending to spend some memorable moments with family. For fun and recreation, Dungarvan Bay proves the ideal place where people can indulge in fishing, board-sailing and yachting, among others.

Main historical attraction of the town is the St. Augustine’s Church, which is built on the foundations of Augustinian Abbey, who visited Dungarvan in 1290 AD. Secrets of history are well-preserved in the St. Mary’s Parish Church and the Waterford County Museum, which are counted among major tourist attractions. Breathtaking beauty of Mahon Falls and the magical glacial lake of Coumshingaun are also popular. For art lovers, town of Dungarvan boasts some of the astonishing castles and galleries in Ireland.

With a broad array of clubs and sports groups, Dungarvan offers sports enthusiasts a great selection of activities like basketball, volleyball and soccer, to name a few. From colossal championship courses for golf to magnificent pony clubs, everything is present within the town. For adventure lovers, there are glens and valleys waiting to be explored. The town is also blessed with two miles long Clonea Beach that is an idyllic paradise with golden sand and clean coastline.

Grattan Square, Dungarvan Shopping Centre and Dungarvan Country Market are popular for craft-shops and stores selling gifts and local goods. Dotted across the town are fine dining restaurants and bars that offer great dining experience. Moreover, for keeping pace with the booming tourism industry, accommodation options in town offer leisure facilities like heated indoor swimming pools, spas and restaurants.

Dungarvan’s regular train and bus connectivity with Dublin has made it a popular destination among travellers. N25 national primary road and the R672 and R675 regional roads have increased connectivity between the town and Waterford, along with many other places in Ireland. Nonetheless, the picturesque town of Durgarvan offers ample opportunities to shop, work, socialise and have fun.

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