|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.
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
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
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
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
Small Boat in Ballycotton Harbour
On Right: Ballycotton Skate from