Saving Private Ryan’s Strand


A lone furze bush (above) fightsfor survival following the blaze last month (top) which ravaged Curracloe Beach, a stand-in for Omaha Beach during the the D-Day scenes in Saving Private Ryan (second pic).


Curracloe Beach. County Wexford.

Eamonn Farrell writes:

A large section of the sand dunes on the famed Curracloe Beach in County Wexford, still bear the scars of the fire which swept through them on the 22nd of July, during the height of Ireland’s Summer heatwave.

It is believed the fire started from a disposable BBQ. Today the blackened ash, shining from a weekend of badly needed rain to help ease the current drought, causes the landscape to resemble a scene from a post-apocalyptic movie, rather than the war movie it is most famous for Saving Private Ryan

Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews


10 thoughts on “Saving Private Ryan’s Strand

  1. Frilly Keane

    those bloody disposable BBQs should be banned from public places

    awful accident there a while back when a child walked on one that had been just dumped

    what Curracloe needs is a terrible winter full of North Easterly and Easterly Storms to bring sand back in on top of it

    1. Conski

      a ban on those yokes isnt a bad idea…
      Though I’ve a soft spot for the scorch marks they leave on timber benches, mostly because of the imagined scene with the comedic reaction of the chef realising that fiire, is actually kinda hot

  2. Topsy

    Within 4/6 months no one will know that there was a fire in the area. The ability of nature to bounce back from such devastation is remarkable.

    1. Tony

      Nonsense. Bray Head for example hasn’t recovered from the 2016 fire. It’ll be at least another three years before it’s back how it was

    2. millie st murderlark

      It’s an interesting point. Nature is amazing. One of my favourite examples of this ability to recover is the Mesopotamian Marshes.

    3. Daisy Chainsaw

      That area had parts sealed off for years to encourage grass regrowth and now its destoyed. Shrugging it off as being ok by Christmas is way off the mark.

  3. jimmy

    And the idioms that caused this
    Maybe they should be traced and named and shamed plus a nice fat fine for the destruction caused

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