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Phennick Cove Marina, with a capacity for approx 80 craft, is located at a strategically important position on the coast of Down with a deep-water basin.The chain fixed pontoon is open 24 hours daily all year and provides good shelter within the small confines of the harbour.The harbour is divided by an outcrop of rocks and this separates the marina from the fishing harbour, due south.
One of a number of small fishing villages dotted along the south Co. Down coast,Ard glas means the 'green hill' in Irish and owes its origins to the Anglo- Normans who settled there during the middle ages.
This quaint village is rich in history, punctuated by a series of ruined castles throughout including the well preserved 15th tower-house of Jordan's Castle.This Anglo-Norman castle, on the main road of the Ardglass overlooks the harbour below.
Originally the harbour was the headquarters of the herring industry in the north of Ireland during the 1800's and employed over 3,000 fishermen.Today a fishing fleet continues to occupy the south quays of the harbour.
In the summer the popular Old Gaffers Association holds an annual gathering of traditional craft at the marina. Leisure craft come and go and to explore the scenic surroundings including Coney Island, the headland between Ardglass and Killough.The headland was made famous by the songwriter Van Morrison in his song 'Coney Island'. On a clear day the Isle of Man is visible and is one of many cruising destinations to go to and from throughout this part of the Irish Sea.
NITB The St. Patrick Centre, 53a Market St, Downpatrick Tel: (028) 44612233
Activity and Leisure
Downpatrick & County Down Railway, Market St Tel: 077 90802049
A coastal path of over 3 miles from Ardglasss to Ballyhornan Bay (incl. beach) via Sheepland is famous for its corn mill and natural harbour. It is also the landing point of St. Patrick's arrival in Co Down and
St. Patrick's Well
Ardglass Tel: (028) 44841219
Bright Castle Tel: (028) 44841319
Downpatrick Tel: (028) 44615947
Parks/Facilities for children:
A small playground is located on the harbour road near the marina leading up to the village
Ballyhornan beach, north of Ardglass
Heritage, Castles & Museums:
Castle Ward, Strangford, National Trust Tel:(028) 4488
Down Cathedral and St. Patrick's Grave, English St, Downpatrick;
Down County Museum,The Mall, Downpatrick Tel: (028) 44615218
Dundrum Castle, Dundrum: one of the finest Norman castles in Northern Ireland; Jordan's Castle and
Kilclief Castle: further examples of Anglo-Norman tower houses in the region.
Houses, Parks & Gardens:
Castle Ward, Strangford: mansion set in 750 acres on the lough shore National Trust Tel: (028) 4488
Events & Festivals:
17 March - St Patrick's Festival & Cross-Community Carnival Parade Downpatrick Tel: (028) 4461 0553
June - Mourne International Walking Festival
Aug - Festival of Fish & Gourmet Seafood Trail Tel:(028) 41762525