Beach Reviews: Fountainstown
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No longer a place where posh people from Shanakiel go on their holidays Fountainstown has perhaps suffered from a lack of inhabitants and day-trippers in the last decade as the city's well-to-do fly off to impressively exotic destinations and cheap property havens. For a short trip or a quick dip, Fountainstown is remarkably close to the city, barely fifteen minutes from Carrigaline with the new mini-ring road. With weather like summer 2007 a short break in the clouds needs to be capitalised on as rapidly as possible, making this spot ideal for minimising the effects of a moody mother nature.
Plenty of parking space. Fancy a doughnut?
If you're wondering where all of Cork's fit young women are on a summer week night look no further than the highways and byways leading to Fountainstown. Around every bend on your way to the beach you'll find pairs of frantic arm-swinging female power walkers pounding the road, so take it handy on the accelerator as many of them leave their cars abandoned in the middle of some choice accident black-spots such is their enthusiasm to embrace nature.
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Deterring the majority with its rougher stony strand, those seeking nothing but a peaceful swim or a spot of fishing get the beach to themselves - albeit the army of on-looking power walkers only drops off in tandem with the TV scheduling of Desperate Housewives but other than that, it's cosy out.
Fishing from the beach is popular for a few reasons, not least the fact that you can park barley five yards from the strand, making hauling all the equipment to the shore far easier than somewhere like Inchadoney.
Angela's. Remarkably surviving gale force winds and driving rain since its construction soon after the Battle of Kinsale
Ringabella Bay is favourable for mackerel as the shoals literally boil around the shallows in late July and August. If you've come upon hard times and find prices among city fish mongers offensive, a short term investment in some fishing gear will stuff your freezer full of seafood for the next six months.
Another lazy yard from the beach is the red corrugated "Angela's Shop" which does a mean Barry's and a copy of the Echo to accompany your few hours balming out.
Puck around space: 1/10 (unless you fancy the car park)
Scobe factor: medium
Flies: a few from the recycling bins nearby
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