Copper Coast Geopark Ltd.
Co. Waterford,

Tel: +353 (0)51 292828



This is a summary of a compilation of historical sources which I put together experimentally as editor of Decies (no. 18) in 1978 taking it as a typical village emerging around a church from the early 19th century. The original compilation may currently (web-sites do change) be viewed on eJournals. In recent years accelerating amounts of material have become available on-line and these as of summer 2015 supplement this summary. One reference in the original has changed: the Public Record Office (PRO) has since become the National Archives (NA).

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History Of Fenor

Fenor Parish, which in medieval times was known as the Parish of Islandkeane, is in the Barony of Middlethird. The Parish lies between the Annestown River and Garrarus Strand. Fenor means 'The Sunny Side of the hill' and Fenor village and parish church are indeed on the sunny side of Ballyscanlan.

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Dunhill Old Church & Graveyard

The medieval parish church of Dunhill is situated c. 300m west-north-west of Dunhill Castle, Co Waterford, about 2 km north of Annestown village and 7 km west of Tramore. The castle is spectacularly positioned on a rock outcrop overlooking the valley of the river Anne to the South West.

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Edith Collier - Artist

Edith Collier's contribution to New Zealand art as an innovator, modernist and expatriate painter placed her in a most distinguished group. Edith worked and painted for a time in Bunmahon.

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John Wheatley - Labour MP

John Wheatley, the son of Thomas and Johanna Wheatley, was born in Bonmahon, Ireland, on 19th May 1869. John had nine brothers and sisters and in 1876 the family moved to Braehead in Lanarkshire. At fourteen, John became a miner like his father.

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Una Troy - Author

Una Troy was born in 1910 at Fermoy, County Cork. She was educated at Loreto Abbey, Dublin, and her childhood during the "troubles" was an exciting one, as her home on the outskirts of Fermoy was flanked by the British Military Barracks on one side and the aerodrome on the other, with ambushes frequent. When the Irish Free State was established her father was appointed a Justice of the District Court and the family moved to Clonmel, County Tipperary.

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St. Mary's Church, Saleen, Bonmahon

In 1840 about 2,000 people lived in Bonmahon. It had 2 hotels, a pawn shop, creamery, bacon factory, several shops and 21 public houses. The mine supervisors were worried that drunkenness was affecting the work in the mines, so in 1842 they built a Temperance Hall.

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David Alfred Doudney - Evangelical Clergyman

David Alfred Doudney, the son of a soapmaker, was born at 386 Mile End Terrace, Portsea, Hampshire on 8 March 1811. (Charles Dickens was born in the house next door.)

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The area was declared a European Geopark in 2001 and a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2004. This geologically diverse area contains records of Palaeozoic volcanism and the last ice age. more


The Copper Coast is a stretch of the southern coast of Ireland in County Waterford. It is named for the historic metal-mining industry, the legacies of which now constitute a tourist attraction. more

Walking Trails

Along with an audio tour around Annestown, we also have walking trail cards for the villages along the Copper Coast. The trail cards can be printed or stored for viewing on your phone. more

Website by: Déise Design
A European Geopark Located In Co. Waterford, Ireland.