Blackwater, County Wexford

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Irish: an Abhainn Dubh
County Wexford
IMG Blackwater1941.jpg
Grid reference: T121342
Location: 52°26’42"N, 6°21’-0"W
Post town: Blackwater
Postcode: Y21
Local Government
Council: Wexford
Ballinesker Beach, Blackwater, Co Wexford

Blackwater is a rural village in County Wexford. It lies mostly within the townland of Ballynaglogh on the R742 regional road, 10 miles north of Wexford.


The village has four pubs, Corrigan's, the Blackwater Lodge (which is also a hotel), Whelan's and Etchingham's (which has undergone several name changes in recent years). It also has a video Arcade called the Glider, a number of supermarkets, a large second-hand furniture store and a clothes alterations shop.

Lately the village has increased its population, and has seen the building of hundreds of houses in the village itself and in outlying areas.

Blackwater is very close to Ballyconnigar beach, a site with one of the highest levels of erosion due to tidal forces. The stretch of beach from Ballyconnigar to Ballynaclash is popular for bathing, walking and fishing. Due to high volumes of beach users in the summer months, off season and night fishing is probably best advised. The ground south of where the Blackwater River enters the sea is very broken and does not seem to hold many fish. Species encountered outside this area include bullhuss, smoothound, tope, bass, ray, codling, eels and flounder.

Ballyconnigar beach is close to Curracloe strand and Ballinesker beach, where the opening scene of the film Saving Private Ryan was filmed.

Blackwater also has a mobile-home holiday park called 'Abhainn Dubh Mobile home and Leisure Park' which has been opened since 1993 and lies less than a 5 minute walk from Blackwater village.[1]


The local GAA team is St Brigid's Blackwater, established in 1885. The hurling team are in the Intermediate Championship. The Gaelic football team won the 2009 Junior Championship.

Blackwater has a Par-3 golf course which is located about five minutes' drive outside of the village between Blackwater and Kilmuckridge. The golf course itself was opened in July 1993 although Blackwater Golf Society had its first outing in 1991.

In Popular culture

Blackwater served as a setting of Mary Kay Tuberty's 2015 novel Keeper of Coin.[2]

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