At first glance, Baginbun Head and the adjacent beach looks like a dreamy bay. The headland shelters the beach from wind and waves and the crystal clear water invites for a swim. But in fact this is one of the most historic places in Ireland, as it was from here that the Norman conquest of Ireland began. In 1170, a Norman vanguard of just 100 men, led by Raymond le Gras, landed near Baginbun. Within a very short time they fixed the Baginbun Head with ramparts and ditches that can still be seen today. The invaders robbed cattle around and entrenched themselves with the stolen animals in their temporary fortification. When an Irish army of 3000 men arrived from Waterford, le Gras’ men drove the stolen cattle into the opposing ranks and achieved a brilliant victory. When Norman reinforcements arrived soon afterwards, Waterford fell within a very short time.
The name of the bay derives from the days of the invasion. Le Gras landed here with two boats, Le Bag and Le Bun. Since then the area has been called Baginbun.