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Situated on the west side of Waterford Harbour, it is located within the barony of Gaultier, a relic of the Norman settlers in the area.
The village is home to the Waterford Harbour Sailing Club that has dinghy and keelboat sailing and the Dunmore East Adventure Centre, which has many water sport events for adults and children.
Also there is the Dunmore East Sea Scouts one of the best scouting troops in the country.
Dunmore East is also a working fishing port with fresh catches for sale each morning.
Sea angling and diving is catered for by Dunmore East Angling Charters.
Situated 15 kilometres south-east of Waterford City on R684, this is haven of tranquility on par with its Cork rival, Kinsale.
Boutique hotels and a huge choice of chic restaurants and pubs make for a fantastic stay here.
Dunmore has also a fine golf course, set on a cliff top from which the stunning views will probably prevent you from returning a good score.
There is a lot of self-catering holiday cottages built in the area, with opinion from some quarters that the town is over-populated with such housing to the detriment of its quaint characterDunmore East is also home to some of the best seafood restaurants in Ireland.
Two principal hotels are located in Dunmore: The Ocean and The Haven.
The Haven is of particular interest as it was the summer home of, from the days of English occupation, the Lord Lieutenant of Waterford.
That building is reported to be haunted.
The most popular event in Dunmore East is the annual Bluegrass Music Festival which takes place at the end of August.
During this festival the village hosts a number of bluegrass groups over the weekend during which almost every bar becomes a music venue from 3pm until late in the evening.