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Best Beaches in Ireland – The Halfamoon beach

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Ballyyahoo has two of the best beaches in Ireland. The Halfamoon Beach is on the far right of the Good Luck Pier and you can find Biddy’s Beach here.

HALFAMOON BEACH

It is called the Halfamoon beach because it looks like it was carved from the moon with a rusty knife.

Tiny sandy beach - illustrating a children's story called the best beaches in Ireland from the Wild Atlantic Way’s Ballyyahoo series.It’s a great place for a picnic and after a long walk to work up her appetite Biddy the Witch often brings a small feast of raspberry and gherkin sandwiches and some chocolate and cabbage scones for afters.

Maggie Many Cats brings rolls packed with spring onions and crisps and potato farls smothered with blackberry jam. Sometimes they swap and share – depending on where the moon is that day.

SEAWEED DAY

Tons of seaweed gets washed up on the Halfamoon beach. Sometimes there’s so much that it nearly covers the sand.

In the summer Ballyyahooians have a special day called Seaweed Day. This is when they all go along with shovels and rakes, except Paddy Plant who prefers to bring his rusty pitchfork.

They all work really hard raking and shoveling the seaweed off the sand.

When they’ve finished they pile the seaweed up high in a heap beside the sharp rocks where nobody sits.

Everybody helps with this job. They know that if they didn’t move the seaweed, the beach would be swarming with flies. Since they all like to go to the beach, they all help to keep it clean.

THE SEAWEED PARTY

Everyone in Ballyyahoo look forward to Seaweed Day because the work is always finished by tea time and then the adults light barbecues.

big carrot illustrating a children's story called the best beaches in Ireland from the Wild Atlantic Way’s Ballyyahoo series.Everyone opens their bags and baskets and share out heaps and heaps of food and goodies. After they’ve eaten they sing and dance on the sand in the moonlight.

By this time the heap of seaweed is nearly as high as a house but it’s never there long because at the end of the night, the Ballyyahooians take the seaweed home to feed their gardens.

That’s why, as well as having the best beaches in Ireland, the best vegetables and fruit comes from Ballyyahoo. So you won’t get a prize for guessing where this carrot comes from!

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