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Tramore

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Tramore (Trá Mhór in Irish, meaning "great beach") is a seaside town in County Waterford on the southeast coast of Ireland. It is a popular resort for tourists in the summer and has 3 miles of beach and sand dunes looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean. The town is situated on the North - western corner of Tramore Bay on a hill that slopes down to the 3 mile long sand spit that divides the bay. Behind the spit lies the tidal lagoon known as the Cúl Trá (Back Strand). Population: 8,305.

The beach front features a long promenade and an amusement park. Surfing has long been a popular pastime in Tramore and has produced national and international surfing champions. A prominent feature of Tramore bay is the "Metal Man". It is a large cast metal figure pointing seawards, set on top of one of three pillars. It was erected in 1823 by Llyods of London to warn seafarers away for the dangerous shallow waters. Two more pillars sit on the headland oppsite, Brownstown Head. The western side of the bay on which Tramore is situated has some popular swimming coves including Newtown Cove and the Guillameane cove.

The town is famous for its horse racing festival every August. Over recent years the race course has been developed and improved and is regularly used as a venue for shows and music events. Trá Fest, a street music festival held in mid summer has become a popular event over the last few years and showcases local bands aswell as national and international acts. Tramore boasts the largest music venue in the southeast of Ireland: South nightclub which has a capacity of 2,200 people.

Tramore has over the last 15-20 years developed as a commuter town for Waterford City which lies some 13 km to the north. Waterford Airport is located about 6km northeast.

See also: List of towns in the Republic of Ireland


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