Monday

Ardglass Marina

Ardglass Marina

We pulled into Ardglass, the smallest marina we have been to. We took a stroll around the town and I tried, unsuccessfully, to dredge up some childhood memories of the place.

View from the boat. That's a bathing house in the foreground.

View from the boat. That’s a bathing house in the foreground.

This castle is now and old people's home. Stenna stairlifts must have rubbed their hands when they onverted it!

This castle is now and old people’s home. Stenna stair-lifts must have rubbed their hands when they converted it!

Ardglass has six ‘castles’ in the village and a history of wealth and siege. The youth of Ardglass gathered in the evening at the quay ……. nothing threatening, just having a good time jumping into the water, between the fishing boats, and being watched and cheered by their mates.

The fishing quay where the 'youth' gather.

The fishing quay where the ‘youth’ gather.

This is a lovely place, but like all small fishing ports, is struggling to keep it’s identity as the fishing industry declines. With it’s deep water harbour and 24 hr access there is hope that the wind farm industry may have a base here, but that is a contentious issue as it would mean Change……

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