The village of Dundrum, Co. Down lies about 4 miles outside Newcastle, Co. Down on the edge of Dundrum Bay. Known for its ruined Norman Castle, the running aground of S.S. Great Britain, and being Northern Ireland's first nature reserve, the village also boasts a great Second World War History.
This area of Co. Down hosted thousands of American service personnel including at the historic Murlough House. With Ballykinler Camp lying just across the bay, and an Allied Airfield in the proximity, the area was deemed important enough to warrant anti-landing defences on the beaches. These remain today as a series of far-stretching wooden poles buried deep in the sand.
Places of Interest
The following places will be of interest to anyone wishing to explore more of the area's Second World War heritage.