Amid the Noise and Haste


Ireland is in a whirl of activity at the moment as we prepare for a host of high key national events over the next couple of months:

The General Election ~ February 26th

St. Patrick’s Day ~ March 17th

Centenary of The Easter Rising 1916 ~ March 27th especially

Census of Population ~ April 24th

The fact that there is so much going on all around the same time has the effect of diluting each specific event under what feels like huge blanket of Irishness of various shades and emphases.

And, all the while, each person living in Ireland has his/her own personal events going on.

It’s hard to take it all in at times and while I am intensely interested in things social and political, one has to step back from it all from time to time and draw breath.

My everyday Ireland of this week has been bursting with beauty. Here’s a little glimpse of how it’s been here in Co. Waterford:


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Co. Waterford ABC ~ B is for The Bay Cafe, Dunmore East

Co. Waterford ABC is a feature here on Social Bridge where I am identifying my highlights of  this diverse county in Ireland where I was born and which has been ‘home’ for the last 26 years. There will be just 26 posts ~ one for each letter of the alphabet and I hope you will join me in discussing your views about the places, people,  events, things that I select. Would you have chosen differently? In a county with such natural beauty and diversity in terms of history and heritage, one could quite easily identify 26+  highlights for each letter!  

May of Co. Waterford with The Bay Cafe, Dunmore East (Highlighted in Red)
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The Bay Cafe in Dunmore East is a place that I ‘discovered’ very soon after it opened about twelve years ago. I was captivated from the very beginning as  The Bay Cafe is like a little oasis that nurtures all the senses. It is owned  and run by David and Barbara Harris and they bring together, with apparent ease,  delicious home-cooked food, warmth, creativity and a feeling  of sheer love of  life and community.

The Bay Cafe, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford

The Bay Cafe certainly has a superb view overlooking the harbour in Dunmore East and right across to the Hook Penninsula in Co. Wexford.  Sitting in the Cafe, which describes itself as providing ‘ food with a view,’ I’m always very conscious of the beauty that is all around me: the Cliff Walk, Dunmore Woods, the thatched cottages, the Park, Fisherman’s Hall,  St. Andrew’s Church …..

Vista from The Bay Cafe, Dunmore East

But the atmosphere in The Bay Cafe itself  tends to take one over. There always seems to be a buzz of activity, with a mixture of locals, regulars and visitors. I invariably sit inside rather than on the benches outside. I had never really thought of this until the other day when I called in for some of the Cafe’s tasty seafood chowder.

Sophie Harris at The Bay Cafe

I realised that what kept me inside was wanting to look at the paintings and photographs that are exhibited on the walls; to hear the banter that permeates the place like the aroma of freshly ground coffee and home-baking.  I also like to rummage around on the little table that serves as an information centre of all that’s happening in and around Dunmore.  But, most of all, I just love being in a place where I feel at home, have happy memories and thoughts of times spent sitting at those pine tables with people who loved/love it as much as I do.

A Quiet Corner at The Bay Cafe

I know, too, that I stay inside because  The Bay Cafe  is, indeed, a place where people smile with true smiles from the heart.