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Report - Misc Oirish derps (Brittas/Arklow/Waterford/Portlaw/Dunmore East, Dec, 2017)

urbanchemist

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You know how it is - you’re on holiday and there isn’t really time to find new stuff hence it’s mostly tourism as far as exploring goes. So here are a few minor places we looked at while travelling between Dublin and Dunmore East (near Waterford), mostly because they were large and obvious. A couple may be ‘new’, in the sense that UK folk may not immediately recognise them, but I expect all are probably well known to local explorers. A few pics for the first place and mostly just externals for the others to save space. Visited with varying numbers of family members and Alfie the dog.

1. The Rockcliff Hotel (52.910677, -6.041348). Built in 1964 and closed in 1990, the hotel consists of two blocks on either side of a courtyard, and featured “bowling alleys, a small air strip which ran across the cliff edge, outdoor swimming pool, 18 hole crazy golf course, a tennis court, orchard and greenhouses, 12 ensuite bedrooms, 12 three bed chalets.” Now it’s all overgrown, comprehensively trashed and derelict - the best bit is the view from the balcony looking out over the Irish sea.

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2. Abandoned gypsum factory in Arklow (52.795348, -6.142744). Just a big shed with mostly unclimbable stuff inside. Also other abandoned buildings nearby - think beer cans and graffiti, some of it quite good.

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3. Abandoned warehouses/sheds and office building near Waterford (52.272989, -7.135881). Some things to see here but I’ve just noticed there is a post about this by MJ-XX, https://www.28dayslater.co.uk/old-warehouses-waterford-ireland-september-2015.t99078 so more info there.

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The main attraction in Waterford, the flour mills, have of course gone, although one of the buildings remains. There’s also a burnt-out hotel up the hill https://www.28dayslater.co.uk/mceniff-ard-ri-jurys-hotel-waterford-ireland-may-2015.t96688 . An interesting sign outside a shop in Waterford.

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4. Portlaw Tannery and Mayfield House (52.287948, -7.324325). There’s a good report on here by Idle Hands, https://www.28dayslater.co.uk/portl...use-co-waterford-ireland-november-2013.t89520 . This place is well worth a look, with some interesting history - Portlaw is one of the few purpose built industrial villages south of the border. Compared to the 2013 report little has changed except it’s even more overgrown.

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5. WW2 gun emplacement in Dunmore East harbour wall (52.148349, -6.992615). Just a few little rooms, but with an intriguing tunnel leading back into the hillside, unfortunately bricked up a couple of meters in.

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cunningcorgi

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#2
The hotel in Brittas Bay is the Rockfield Hotel.

Was owned by a German before it closed and used to have a pretty decent nightclub back in the day.

Looks even more fucked now than when I last saw it. Surprised it is still there as the house in the 11th photo (from the balcony) would be worth north of 5 million yoyo's. Even a caravan on the site beside the house would set up back 400,000 euro. They must love looking at the Rockfield every morning !

Used to be some quite good stuff down in the docks in Arklow too before it was all razed in the name of progress.
 

urbanchemist

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The hotel in Brittas Bay is the Rockfield Hotel.

Was owned by a German before it closed and used to have a pretty decent nightclub back in the day.

Looks even more fucked now than when I last saw it. Surprised it is still there as the house in the 11th photo (from the balcony) would be worth north of 5 million yoyo's. Even a caravan on the site beside the house would set up back 400,000 euro. They must love looking at the Rockfield every morning !

Used to be some quite good stuff down in the docks in Arklow too before it was all razed in the name of progress.
Yes, thanks for the Rockfield correction - thought I'd fixed that. We used to have holidays in someone's bungalow a bit further down the Brittas Bay coast many decades ago, but I don't remember the Rockfield at all (bit young for nightclubbing then).

There looked to be something on the other side of the docks in Arklow but didn't have time to check it out.
 
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