Tramore, County Waterford

Situated in the sunny seaside of the Waterford County, Tramore was an old fishing village that has transformed itself into a beautiful town. Today the town can be counted amongst the known family fun resorts of Ireland. From surfing to horse trekking to the relaxing strolls on the long golden sandy beach, Tramore has much more to offer to its people and to visitors.

Named from Irish word “Tra Mhor” which means big strands or beaches, the town expanded after the arrival of railway in 1835. Developed on the steep hills of Tramore Bay rising from the beaches the town has a distinguished Gothic Revival Catholic Church fortified on a monumental site that overlooks the town. Built in 1856-71 by J. J. McCarthy, the church is dominated by an asymmetrical tower and spire. Covering radii of almost 16 km with megalithic structures, the town also shows significance of early life habitation before Christianity. Some of the structures that were founded include Ballindud Cromlech, Ballynageeragh Cromlech, Knockeen Dolmen and Gaulstown Dolmen.

The town became a pleasant retreat for citizens after the rail connectivity created in 1853 between Tramore Terminus and Waterford Railway Square. This 12 km long railway line brought the boom in the arena of tourism and left the legacy of buildings in the town since 1860. The town also witnessed the tragedy of Sea Horse, a military transport ship that collapsed in Tramore Bay in 1816. The calamity took the lives of 292 men and 71 women with children of the 2nd battalion of the 59th Regiment of Foot.

From the day of disaster till today there stood a metal man that prevent the ship from any similar tragedy. Erected in 1823 by the Lloyds of London after the event, the Metal Man is now changed to one of the prominent feature of Tramore Bay. Standing on the top of one of the three pillars, this huge caste metal figure points toward sea to warn seafarers from dangerous shallow water. Some of the local myths also say that if any woman hops barefoot three times around the base of Metal Man, she would be tying the knots of marriage within a year.

With a look of traditional safe heaven, this town of Tramore Bay offers pleasing experience of seaside, ice-cream, fair ground and sand. This thriving resort also features an amusement park and a long promenade with extensive network of sand dunes looking out to the Atlantic Ocean. The town also hosts a horse racing festival every August, which was started 200 years ago. Following that the town also organizes a street musical festival Tra Fest that is gaining popularity each year. It showcases different local, national and international groups. The town is also renowned as an ideal location for sea surfers and for peoples who love water activities.

The strands and cliffs of this scenic landscape offer a relaxing evening walk around the beach and into the locality. Moreover, the thriving pubs and restaurants make the night life happening. The town folds many attractions and activities which attract ones’ mind again and again.

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