About Courtown Harbour

Courtown is a small vibrant seaside harbour located in the south east of Ireland. The traditional fishing village has always been a popular destination with day trippers from Dublin and the midlands who are locally known as ‘bathers.’ The village offers traditional seaside amusements, pubs, restaurants, as well as long beach walks, forest walks, and a public swimming pool and an aerial ropes assault course, and no visit is complete without a 99 ice cream.

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Courtown also has a large number of holiday homes and mobile home parks where many families spend their entire summer.

Courtown RNLI lifeboat station is located on the north pier of the harbour close to the harbour slip way. The main marine activities are sailing, fishing, angling, PWC’s and power boating.

Courtown has a very active Sailing Club. The harbour has moorings for approximately sixty boats of various sizes, and visitors berth alongside the wall. However, the shallow and narrow entrance to the harbour can be intimidating for many sailors who opt to sail further north to Arklow where there is a marina.

Courtown Sailing Club hosts powerboat courses, cruiser racing and dinghy sailing and boasts one of the largest dinghy sail training courses in the south east. The past few years have seen resurgence in sea angling and beach / pier fishing with Courtown Sea Angling providing two charter boats for group trips throughout the year. Courtown is very popular with day anglers that can launch their boats into the harbour by the slipway and Courtown is also one of the few locations in Wexford where PWC’s are permitted to launch.

Courtown Harbour was constructed in the 1800’s and the entrance is through a long narrow channel which has varying depths but is usually maintained at depth of five feet. The entrance can be very dangerous in strongly easterly winds and should be approached with caution in poor visibility.

The members of Courtown RNLI lifeboat are at the heart of many of the marine activities in the area with many of the crew on the sailing club committee. Some are involved in fishing, and some are on marine development committees and also on crews for the weekly cruiser races.

Courtown RNLI organises the village’s biggest day each year. Sea Sunday, which is organised to raise funds for Courtown RNLI lifeboat, includes the traditional blessing of the boats and a fun raft race which attracts over 5,000 people to the village on the second Sunday of July every year. The lifeboat shop is extended outside the boathouse for the day, and other fundraisers are also organised. Other marine and local organisations help out with the running of the day, including Courtown Coastguard, Courtown Hibs soccer club, the local sea anglers, Cahore Inshore Rescue Service, Gorey Scouts, and Courtown Sailing Club.One of Courtown RNLI lifeboat crew has set up a business teaching power boating and also running courses in PWC’s. Iain Biddulph jnr owns South East Powerboating and is also a member of the lifeboat and of the sailing club in Courtown. Other members of the Courtown RNLI lifeboat take part in sailing, surfing, powerboating, fishing and PWC’s.