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Dun Ar Ruin, Duncannon, Wexford




Rarely does such a property come to the market, located only a short walk from the seaside village of Duncannon, Dun Ar Ruin is a most charming and exceptionally well maintained 3 bed property dating from the late 1950’s and historic Martello Tower which dates from the early 19th century.

Approached via a beautiful driveway, the main property which extends to
approximately c.92sq m includes a bright entrance hall, sitting room with solid fuel stove, dining room, kitchen, utility,
3 bedrooms and shower room.

The granite built Martello Tower is one of only 3 built in Co. Wexford as defences against a planned invasion by Napoleon Bonaparte.

The Martello Tower is a free-standing,
compact, squat, circular, two-storey structure built over a vaulted cellar with a parapet- protected roof which has a fixture for a large traversing cannon. The tower stands 10m high, with bomb-proof walls, over 3 metres thick in places. It is built with large granite blocks and is a magnificent feat of engineering. It is one of the few Towers in Ireland that still has its boundary walls and embankments that are fairly intact.

There is a stone staircase to the roof. The first- floor was the garrison's living
quarters for eleven men and one officer. There were 2 rooms on this floor with one window & one fireplace in each. The entrance door was on this floor also. It was 3 m from the ground and access was by a ladder, which could be withdrawn into the tower in an emergency.

The latrines were outside in the corner of the grounds. The ground floor was
devoted to storage of materials and supplies. Incorporated in it was an
ammunition’s magazine which was walled off for safety reasons. There is a well in the cellar.

The Tower is surrounded by a stone wall with a 3m wide and sloping embankment in front so that any attackers could not hide behind it. Local myth suggests there are tunnels connecting the Towers to the Fort. The defeat of Napoleon and the advance of gun technology meant that Martellos were rendered surplus to requirements. They were then used as watch towers to combat smugglers.


A Most Charming Coastal Residence & Martello Tower on c. 2 Acres

Bright & Airy Living Accommodation
3 Bedrooms & Shower Room
Spectacular Coastal Views
Within Walking Distance of Village & Beach

BER Details

BER No. 105584833
Energy Performance Indicator: XXX kWh/m²/yr



Entrance Hall 4.2m x 2.5m with ceramic tiled floor

Sitting Room 4m x 3.7m with Feature Stone Fire Surround, Stove and Solid Wood Flooring

Dining Room 3.5m x 3m with Solid Wood Flooring

Kitchen 3m x 2.4m with a range of fitted units

Utility with tiled floor, sink & storage, large hotpress and door to rear

Guest W.C. & W.H.B.

Bedroom 1. 4m x 3m with fitted wardrobes

Bedroom 2. 3m x 2.4m

Bedroom 3. 2.7m x 2.7m

Shower room fully tiled


The property is set on approximately
2 acres the majority of which is in lawn. There is ample car parking on gravelled forecourt to the front of the property.

Local Authority: Wexford County Council—The Martello Tower is a Protected
Structure ref 0566

Diarmaid O’Cathain Solicitors, 30 South Terrace, Cork
Tel: 021 431 8330


From the village proceed in the direction of the Church the entrance to the
property is immediately before the Church gates and Community Centre on the right hand side.

Viewing Details

By appointment only