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Enniscrone - Sligo - Main St

vintage Irish photo

Enniscrone’s public sandy beach stretches over a long area of shoreline. It is split near the lower part of the village by a small crossable river, and is watched over by lifeguards in the busy summer period. Visitors generally stay in the holiday home estates which are mostly only occupied in summer. A large number of walkers use the full stretch to the mouth of the river Moy, at which point Bartra Island can be seen. The beach is used extensively by the population of the nearby town of Ballin, County Mayo.

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  • County :Sligo
  • Town :Enniscrone
  • Scene: Main St 
  • Date: 1910 (estimate)

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Enniscrone

Inishcrone, and usually spelt Enniscrone, (Irish: Inis Crabhann) is a large coastal village in County Sligo, Ireland. There is a beach, a tourist campsite, and a golf course, all of which attract a large number of visitors. Enniscrone area includes area such as Muckduff, Lacken, Lackneslava, Frankfort and Carrowhubbock south

Enniscrone beach

Enniscrone’s public sandy beach stretches over a long area of shoreline. It is split near the lower part of the village by a small crossable river, and is watched over by lifeguards in the busy summer period.

Visitors generally stay in the holiday home estates which are mostly only occupied in summer. A large number of walkers use the full stretch to the mouth of the river Moy, at which point Bartra Island can be seen. The beach is used extensively by the population of the nearby town of Ballin, County Mayo.

The ‘Valley of Diamonds’ is one of the hidden attractions along the beach; it is the largest of volcano-like compositions among the long-grassed sand dunes, the inside of which is a mostly sandy circler-like valley, it is located near the end of the beach.

New county council restrictions limit road access to the beach, this measure was taken to comply with the regulations for Enniscrone's famous Blue Flag. Water sports and boat activity in the area is low, however there have been past safety concerns about effluent seeping into the stream which runs through the beach.

What does it have to offer?

5km of Blue flag beach is the main attraction, for walking, surfing etc. There are also Seaweed Baths and surfing schools. Several pubs, three butchers, many supermarkets and takeways and an aqua centre. Water Point, the pool/acqua centre is a popular spot with tourists. Also there is a pitch and putt course as well as a golf course. The old pier offers the chance to do a little fishing in the Atlantic and socialize with the locals.

Name

The majority of the local population know this village as Enniscrone (Inis Eascair Abhainn), though local school teachers and historians use the official name of Innishcrone and have always done so. Sligo County Council has neglected the official version in favour of 'Enniscrone' which appears on their website and at least one local newspaper does not use the official name. Locally, the road signs are one of the few places 'Inniscrone' can be seen.

Up until the late 1970s the name Enniscrone was used by local teachers. It was taught as being a derivative of the Irish 'Inis Escar Abhann' meaning the island on the sandbank in the river.

On May 30, 2006, Google lists only 667 entries for 'Inniscrone', and 862 for 'Inishcrone', while 'Enniscrone' has 212,000 entries. A search restricted to the website of Sligo County Council finds 343 for 'Enniscrone', and only one entry for each of the other terms.