The Preciousness of Tramore

Tramore towards The Metal Man, Co. Waterford
Tramore towards The Metal Man, Co. Waterford

I don’t think I have ever felt as deeply in love with my home town, Tramore, as I did this evening as the sun was setting. The intensity of the feeling is very difficult to describe but it was undoubtedly fuelled by the fact I knew that my best friend from Tramore was on her way home from far away to attend her father’s funeral.

We had messaged each other a few times during the day and she wrote at one point that she was doing okay but she wasn’t so sure how she would be when she got to Tramore. It seemed as if this lovely seaside town was doing everything it possibly could to ease her homecoming and soften the sadness of death.

Tramore towards Brownstowns Town Head, Co. Waterford
Tramore towards Brownstowns Town Head, Co. Waterford

By October each year, Tramore is pretty much back to itself after the hectic tourist season which swells the population, especially in July and August. The town is small enough that most people are at least nodding acquaintances with each other and there is a very strong sense of community, especially at times of sadness and joy.

As I was standing on the historic Promenade, with the waves splashing through the distinctive railings, I realised that this is the place in the world where I feel totally at home.

The arms of Tramore Bay have a special embrace and the sound of the sea is the sweetest I know, especially when it whispers beneath the full moon, just like it’s doing now with midnight approaching under the fullest of full moons.





Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

20 thoughts on “The Preciousness of Tramore”

  1. Jean…my condolences to your friend.
    I know that when I DO get to cross the pond and visit Ireland, I will definitely be contacting you so that we may walk, arm in arm and visit this place you so love…

  2. Jean, this seems to be such a wonderful, peaceful community that, I would some day like to visit, take some great photos, especially during sunrise and sunset. As an American citizen, I’ve visited few European countries, but not Ireland yet.

    1. Rod, lovely to hear from you. If you want scenery then Ireland is definitely your place. Take a look at Catherine’s blog (next comment) for further enticement. She’s just won the Best Photography Blog in Ireland for the second year in a row and lives a few miles from here.

  3. I can’t help preferring my seaside town when the tourists have gone home. It sort of opens up the views again and there’s space to breathe. Of course, beautiful places attract tourists and we need them to keep the local economy going, but I’m not personally good with crowds and clatter.

    1. Sarah, I suspect most people who live in seaside towns share your views. However, tourism is key and also I think it does us locals good to meet with people from all over the world and somehow see our place through their eyes. One of the things I particularly like is meeting people who come back to Tramore year after year and have pretty much become part of the town. I miss them when, for some reason, they don’t come for a season.

    1. Yes, there’s a real magic about beaches where the sand has no footsteps. Always makes me think of Robinson Crusoe!
      The great thing about Tramore Beach is that it’s three miles long so it is never, ever crowded apart from the area near the Prom and in a way that feels like it should have people!

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