Howe Strand beach is a quaint beach located close to Kilbrittain, Co. Cork. This quiet and calm beach is good for swimming and some fishing. Parking is limited so you may need to may to walk a few minutes to the beach after parking your car.
History: The ruin of the long-abandoned Coast Guard station overlooks the beach. The station was built in 1910, the station officer was William Kidney, who originally served in England and was then transferred to Ireland.
The station was attacked twice by the old IRA.
During the second attack, there were 18 men in the attacking party, with 24 men doing back-up (doing scouting, road blocking, etc). The attacking party was under the command of Charlie Hurley (Bandon Battalion V/C) and Jack Fitzgerald. There were 15 men in the station - after a brief fight they surrendered and the IRA captured 15 rifles and almost 1,000 rounds of ammunition.
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Howe Strand, County Cork, Ireland