As in many coastal areas fishing was also one of the most importance sources of employment in Togher, with the small fishing village of Annagassan being the hub for this activity.
Annagassan is the oldest recorded site of Viking settlement in Ireland, with the original raids by the Norsemen beginning there in 831, where they created a permanent naval station and fortress. This invasion and the long tradition stemming from it are now celebrated with the Annagassan Viking Festival, which takes place in August each year.
Annagassan, which sits at the mouth of the Glyde and Dee rivers, is now a pretty seaside village with a fishing harbor that attracts recreational fishermen and small pleasure crafts, the old mill, two public houses, a restaurant and bed and breakfast.
Togher’s picturesque beaches attract many visitors year round. Port beach has Blue Flag status and boasts wide sandy shores and a wide range of flora and fauna including the Marsh Orchid. The beach is fronted by a mature dune area, which is perfect for picnics, and offers space for children to play in. The sea is cool and clear offering ample opportunities for bathing.
The sweeping views of Dundalk Bay and the Cooley Mountains are truly stunning on a clear day, no matter what the season
Port beach, as well as the beaches at Salterstown, Annagassan and Dunany, provide natural playgrounds and leisure facilities for local residents and visitors of all ages all year round. They offer excellent bathing and walking amenities, with kite-flying and parasurfing making an increased appearance in recent years. On Christmas Day each year the brave (or foolhardy!) can be seen swimming at Salterstown beach to raise funds for local charities.
See the tide times for our coast at https://magicseaweed.com/Clogherhead-Surf-Report/1231/Tide/