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Dunmore East Fishery Harbour Centre

Dunmore East Harbour is a major fishing port situated at the southern end of Dunmore Bay, on the western side of the entrance to Waterford Harbour. The Harbour is exposed to winds from the South East. All Mariners should take extra care and attention during winds from the South East. Dunmore East Harbour is dredged to 3.6 meters below chart datum. The Harbour is busy during the Autumn Herring and Spring Fishing seasons, and a significant number of leisure craft visit the port during the Summer months. There are 54 swing moorings located NW of the 2 Starboard Hand leading lights at the entrance to the Harbour. Visiting Cruise Liners pay regular visits to Waterford Harbour, and tender their passengers to disembark at the RNLI pontoon at the South pier in Dunmore East Harbour.

Admiralty Chart:



Latitude 52° 08.9N, Longitude 6° 59.3W.

Approach Lights

  • Hook Head Lt Ho FL 3s 46m 24M (52° 07.3N; 006° 55.7W)
  • Dunmore East Starboard Buoy 1, FL QG R2NM (52.09.064N, 006.59.382W)
  • Dunmore East Starboard Buoy 2, FLG2s R2NM (52.009.00N, 006.59.474W)
  • East Pier Breakwater extension Lt FL R3, 10s R4NM (52° 08.9N; 006° 59.3W)
  • West Wharf Head Lt FL G3 10s 4M (52° 08.9N; 006° 59.4W)
  • Dunmore East Pier head Light FL WR 8s 13m 17/13M (52° 08.9N; 006° 59.3W)


No difficulty should be experienced by power driven vessels approaching Waterford Harbour, as the entrance is 2.5 miles wide, deep and clear of dangers. Movement and berthing within the harbour is controlled by the Harbormaster, and visiting leisure craft should make contact for berth allocation prior to arrival. The Ice Berth and the Landing Berths West Wharf and South Pier are to be kept clear at all times. Visiting Leisure Craft should berth on the pontoon inside the East Breakwater. This pontoon is also used by local passenger vessels. No visiting leisure craft should berth on the inner basin fishing pontoons which become very crowded during the summer season.


All Mariners entering Dunmore East Harbour should keep Starboard Hand buoy 1 & 2 on their Starboard side. There are 54 swing moorings located N & NW of these 2 leading lights. Mariners should also be aware of the pontoon located on their port side of the entrance, inside the east pier breakwater extension. This pontoon becomes very busy during the summer months with visiting leisure craft rafting out.

Tidal streams

When the W-going begins off Hook Head and meets the strong outgoing stream from Waterford, over falls which are shown on the chart, can occur across the entrance. When the outgoing stream is the stronger stream, Tower Race can form which extends 1 mile S from the headland and with strong W winds it can be violent.


VHF Ch.16 and 14 when manned, otherwise telephone 0877931705.


  • East Pier (including Lighthouse Berth) 170 meters.
  • Auction Hall/Landing Berth/South Pier 60 meters.
  • West Wharf (including Ice Berth) 160 meters.
  • East Pier Breakwater visiting pontoon 60 meters. (Depth 2.5 meters) No Bunkering.
  • Average depths 3.6 meters.


Not compulsory. 

Vessels 30 meters or more restricted in their ability to manoeuvre.  By arrangement with the Harbour Master.


  • Coast to Coast Oil:  051382797
  • Unecol:   051392400
  • Vale Oil:   051358000

Fresh Water

Available at all piers and pontoons.


Automated ice plant at West Wharf Pier head.


Easily obtained locally.

Marine Mechanics

  • Eddie Hannon: 0861015030
  • Peter Curran: 0862467634
  • Christopher Hannon: 0872574507


A synchrolift capable for lifts of up to 220 tonnes and a transfer system to repair yard is available. All major repairs can be undertaken. Use of synchrolift is by prior arrangement with the Harbourmaster. Users of the syncrolift are required to engage a shipwright for lifting, lowering, and transferal to repair bays.

Contact Harbour Master's Office

Harbour Administration Building,
South Pier,
Dunmore East,
Co. Waterford.

Mr. Harold McLoughlin

Harbour Master Mobile
Phone Number: 087/7931705
Telephone Number: 051/ 312359
Fax Number: 051/383607
E-mail address:

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