Set high on a cliff overlooking Ardmore Beach and Bay, this building was constructed on the Odell Estate for the coastguards in 1867. Today the old coastguard station still sits in splendid isolation and is privately owned.
It was the second coast guard station in Ardmore, the first one at the Ardmore end of the strand became a victim of coastal erosion. It was continually manned until the Civil War in 1922 and was abandoned in 1921. It was taken over by the republicans on independence and subsequently burnt down. The old Coast Guard Station is now a private residence.
I am preparing an article on the 5 coastguard stations with massive defence towers that were constructed as a response to the Fenian agitation of 1867. The station at Ardmore is one of these and the others are at Ballycastle, Co. antrim, Ballygeary, co Wexford, Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork and Ballyheigue, Co. Kerry. I see from your web page part of an old photograph of the Ardmore station and I would be very grateful if you would e-mail me a copy of the whole photograph for inclusion in my article. In return I will send you a copy of the – as yet unfinished – article.
I must say that your organisation has done a great job in discovering all about Ardmore – a great site.
Withe best wishes,
With best wishes,