Kilmore Quay: from the Irish Cé na Cille Móire, meaning “Quay of the big church” is a fishing, and tourist village overlooking the Celtic Sea in County Wexford. This charming village, from where we take our name, is ideally located to source local fish and is home to a great variety of fish in abundance.
Kilmore Quay is a fishing village near Kilmore in the Southeast corner of County Wexford, it’s a bustling fishing port with strong commercial fishing fleets and a 55-berth marina, which co-exist in perfect harmony.
With the marina, world class angling, sailing, diving and two stunning beaches located within the village, Kilmore Quay has always been a popular destination for both Irish and international tourists. The village has retained many of its centuries old mud wall and straw roofed buildings and is one of the few locations in Ireland where new houses are built with traditional thatched roofs.
The commercial fishing and marina exist side by side in the harbour – work and pleasure together making a varied and vibrant atmosphere. Every shape and size of boat, fishing crates, ropes, lobster pots, tourists, fishermen and even the resident seals all work and play together in perfect harmony. The stone wall pier is a perfect place for a stroll to take in all the sights and sounds.
The nearby Saltee Islands are home to Ireland’s largest bird sanctuary. Great Saltee Island is particularly famous for its colonies of cormorants, and has more than 1,000 pairs of guillemots, along with gannets, puffins and gulls. Both islands are privately owned and have not been farmed or inhabited since the 1940s, but boat trips to them run from the quay (calm weather pending), as visitors are welcome.
It's the perfect place to visit to slow your pace down and take in the amazing concentration of thatched cottages, spend time in the memorial garden with a view out to the Saltee Islands, soak up the “Sunny Southeast” sun on either Olinda Beach or Ballyteige Strand, go scuba diving to see the impressive array of marine life or hire a fishing boat for some deep-sea angling – the possibilities are endless.
Here at Atlantis of Kilmore Quay we do our best to source our seafood as sustainably and locally as possible and fishermen from Kilmore Quay are some of many fishermen we work with.