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Courtown, situated in the North East of County Wexford, on the wide sweep of Courtown Bay, is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled seaside resorts on the south east coast yet also offers to the visitor a wide variety of attractions. The Marina in Courtown
A village with a population of just under one thousand people, Courtown's real charm is to be found in its great natural beauty and the atmosphere of peace.
Though Courtown itself still retains its old world charm and natural beauty, it is today a very modern resort with many amenities. Prior to 1820, the village was completely under-developed, but in 1830, the harbour was built by the Courtown family, on whose vast estate it stood. It soon became a thriving fishing village.
The present pier of the harbour was built by the Courtown family as part of famine relief work in 1847. Courtown is especially popular as a tourist resort. The tourists started to arrive in 1863, when the railway line from Dublin reached Gorey,.
The Ounavarra is the river which flows into the harbour. On a trip up the river, the visitor passes through the wooded Courtown Estate with its unsurpassed variety of scenery, past the site of where Courtown House (the seat of the Courtown Family) once stood, and on to Ballinatray Bridge. The bridge which carries the main Gorey to Courtown road, spans a deep gorge, and is reputed to be one of the highest old stone-work bridges in the country.
There is also an ancient seven-foot High cross standing in the woods beside the bridge.
Courtown enjoys one of the lowest annual rainfall in the South East.