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61a. Ballyhack and the Passage East Ferry

SCENES from IRELAND * Ring of Hook Index

RING OF HOOK, Hook Peninsula, County Wexford

Passage East is in Co. Waterford and Ballyhack is in Co. Wexford, so the ferry is an important 'shortcut' crossing point between these two counties of southeast Ireland.


Passage East harbour quays












The car ferry from Passage East on the western shore of Waterford Harbour (Co. Waterford) to Ballyhack on the eastern shore of Waterford Harbour (Co. Wexford) from which you can set off to tour the Ring of Hook and Hook Head (see page 25. This ferry is really important and saves a lot of driving time and mileage which ensues if you have to drive north to New Ross, cross the River Suir and then drive south to the Hook Peninsular. You don't usually have to wait that long, there are up to 120 crossings a day!

The 16th century Ballyhack Castle, a fortified tower house, is straight ahead.


Looking across to Passage East as the ferry from Ballyhack approaches.






Left: The ferry boat F.B.D Tintern

Right: Ballyhack Castle is located on a steep slope in a commanding position overlooking the estuary of Waterford Harbour. The castle consists of a large fortified tower house probably built ~1450 by the Knights Hospitallers of St John, one of the two great military orders founded at the beginning of the 12th century at the time of the Crusades. (See also 61b. Templetown)


Looking across from Ballyhack to Passage East.


Lovely end to the day!



Summer sunset on the ferry.



A lovely end to a great day out touring the Ring of Hook

Ring of Hook Index


Ballyhack Castle













61a. Ballyhack and the Passage East Ferry 61b. Templetown 61c. Hook Head and Hook Lighthouse 61d. Slade Castle and Slade Harbour 61e. Baginbun Beach 61f. Fethard Castle 61g. Tintern Abbey, Saltmills 61h. Duncannon, Beach, Fort and Harbour

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