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Barleycove Beach

Listed under Beaches in East Coast Ireland, Ireland.

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This beach is a sandy delight amongst Ireland's many pebbly beaches. Its sandy apron sliding down to the water is backed by rounded dunes to hide amongst, which curve towards a river mouth, and behind that there’s a lagoon.

The reason this beach has sand is rather a random one – the sand was thrown up here after an earthquake hit Lisbon in 1755.

Some good surfing waves can be caught here round the high tide point when the waves can get pretty big, but in the shallow river mouth it’s calm enough for the kids to have fun.

Written by  Jade Cabbot.

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