Ballyteige channels, Wexford

Ballyteige drainage channels are situated on the south coast of Wexford, 1 km to the west of
Kilmore Quay. The drainage channels are artificial and were excavated to drain a lagoon and
saltmarsh which were isolated behind an extensive dune system to the south and a sea wall to
the west, constructed across the Cull Inlet in the mid 19th Century. Seawater enters by
percolation through the dunes along the southern shore and apparently by leakage of the sluice
on the Cull at high tide. It is also possible that seawater enters from the tidal river that runs
from Duncormick to Bridgetown. Area of water about 5 ha., length of channels 3.2 km.,
maximum depth 3m.