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Castlemaine Harbour

Castlemaine Harbour is a large shallow tidal estuary located at the head of Dingle Bay. It is nestled between two mountain ranges, Sliabh Mish and the Brandon range to the North on the Dingle Peninsula and the McGilliycuddy Reeks on the Iveragh Peninsula to the South.

The harbour is about 11 kilometres long and 5 kilometres wide, an area of over 5,300 hectares.

Three rivers flow into the harbour, the Maine, the Laune and the Caragh.

There are three 'spits' protruding into the harbour; Rosbehy or Rossbeigh and Cromane both extend northwards from the Iveragh Peninsula while Inch extends southwards from the Dingle Peninsula.

The principal town adjacent to the harbour is Killorglin with the smaller communities of Castlemaine, Milltown, Cromane and Glenbeigh.

There are, however, no significant pier or landing facilities in or near any of these towns.

In 2001 the then Minister for the Marine announced that a new pier would be developed in Cromane.

The site chosen is to be Crows Point in Cromane Lower and detailed plans have been drawn up and published

Not everybody in the community was happy:

"The people of the fishing village of Cromane could be forgiven for being a bit sceptical about political promises just before the election, since it is one hundred and seven years since a public meeting was first held in the village to discuss the provision of facilities to develop deep-sea fishing.

More than one hundred years later, further promises were made and over the last five years considerable sums have been spent on site investigations for the provision of a new pier, with the Department of the Marine favouring a site at Crow's Point. However the Old Pier Development Association has said that the original site in Cromane is still the best option."

Above: Satellite image of Castlemaine Harbour, clearly showing Cromane with the sandy 'spit' of Inch to its left. The mouths of the Maine and Laune rivers are visible in the lower right of the image.


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