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Ballycotton in County Cork is one of Ireland's most famous fishing villages.  It is famous for its fishing, its lighthouse, but perhaps most of all, it is famous for its lifeboat.  The present boat is a Trent Class Lifeboat but there has been a lifeboat here since 1858.  The first lifeboat was rowed by a crew of eight men.

Ballycotton is easily accessed from Youghal or Midleton.  While you are in the area you should visit Shanagarry where you will find Stephen Pearse pottery and Ballymaloe Restaurant Guesthouse and Cookery School.  The postcards below are extremely rare and are part of a treasured collection.  I am grateful to have been given permission to reproduce them here.   

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Bayview Hotel Ballycotton

Ballycottone Pier Mackeral

Old Postcard Ballycotton Harbour

Ballycotton Lighthouse

Cliff Walk Ballycotton

Fishing from Ballycotton Pier

Ballycotton holds great personal memories.  *A holiday with my father in 1957 when we stayed at Lynchs bed and breakfast guesthouse- I remember a lady named Mona Lynch.* Catching my first mackerel from the pier in Ballycotton at the age of six. My first boat trip - with the Motherways (?) - on which I caught three mackerel. *A late winter's  night session when I was a young fisherman on board the Dunmore East based 'Saint Gerard' with skipper Sean O'Driscoll, Pat O'Driscoll, and Tom Mullally in the 1960s...we had taken a  break from herring fishing that night. 




Ballycotton Lighthouse as it was portrayed in the Illustrated London News in 1849 shortly after it ws built and commissioned.


Ballycotton Lighthouse (Copyright: Irish Lights website.)

One of the most famous Irish lighthouses and one of the most visually dramatic - whether you are a sea-farer or a visitor to the town. Ballycotton Lighthouse is probably one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country.  This light house dates from the early 1850s and was manned until 1992 when it went automatic.

Fishing trawler and Yacht in Ballycotton Harbour
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In Ballycotton, Fishermen, Leisure boaters and anglers all share the facilities of the harbour.  The town is well served with a fine hotel (Bay View Ballycotton) and a few pubs.  

For sea anglers the name Ballycotton has always been synonymous with angling records and exciting days. In the old days, skate weighing hundreds of pounds were possible, but perhaps these were stock fish and would have been best left in the ocean.  In more recent times, specimen conger-eel and pollack have been taken.  Whatever the species, Ballycotton is still regarded as one of the prime spots for a bit of sea angling.  Angling boats are available.

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Small Boat in Ballycotton Harbour


On Right: Ballycotton  Skate from

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