Distance30 mins by Car
Curracloe Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Ireland. Soft-sand beach is frequented by sunbathers and nature-lovers alike.
During the summer months, you’ll find that the area is bustling with life, as holidaymakers leave their home counties to take up residence in the holiday homes, campsites, hotels and B&Bs that surround the area. Later on, during the autumn and winter months, Curracloe Beach and its nearby forest become a hot spot for dog-walkers, joggers and anyone else in pursuit of a peaceful stroll.
Its 7-mile-long beach is famous for its soft and fine sand, which puts it in contrast with many of the stony beaches that you will find around Ireland. The beach is guarded by a number of large and sprawling dunes, all of which are held together and stabilised by a seemingly endless blanket of green marram grass.
Brooklyn is a superb adaptation by Nick Hornby of local author Colm Tóibín’s award-winning book set in Enniscorthy and New York in the early 50s. It tells the story of an Irish girl making her way to New York after being lured into the American dream. You don’t have to travel to Hollywood to see the set of Brooklyn because it was filmed right here in Enniscorthy.
While visiting Enniscorthy you can pick up a copy of the Brooklyn Movie Tour map at your hotel reception or the tourist information centre in Enniscorthy Castle. If you prefer you can download it here to your phone or device. Leave the car in one the many car parks signposted throughout the town and immerse yourself in Brooklyn the movie.
Bank Holiday weekends October to May, 7 days a week from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Saving Private Ryan
On 3 July 1997, the filming of the now epic opening sequence of the film ‘Saving Private Ryan’ at Curracloe beach took place.
Members of the Reserve Defence Force dressed in Second World War US Army uniforms and carried weapons from the period marching on a beach, take part in a £40 million Steven Spielberg war epic. Curracloe beach is the location for recreating the D-Day landings at Omaha Beach, Normandy, during the Second World War on 6 June 1944.
The film went on to win five Oscars, including Best Director for Steven Spielberg.
Approximately 500 parking spaces are available. Four and two disabled spaces at White Gap as well as Ballineskar respectively are available.
Beach wheelchairs are free of charge at White Gap. Pre-booking is recommended. Contact Surf Shack Curracloe on +353 (0) 87 7519194 or +353 (0) 86 6010544.
Male, female and disabled toilets available at White Gap. Male and female toilets only at Ballinesker.
*Please note: Universal key is required to gain access to the accessible toilets.
*Lifeguards are on-site during the summer months at White Gap.