Passage East is the home of the infamous car and passenger ferry that takes you across the river Suir from Co. Waterford to Co. Wexford. This ferry is used by many Wexford people who work in Waterford city, and also by tourists travelling from the major port of Rosslare to Waterford or the South of Ireland and back. Of course, other people use it too but this would be the main source of traffic on the ferry.
We often take the ferry as part of a spring or summer drive. At the other end you can drive the half mile or so to the pretty village of Arthurstown and have lunch, or drive a couple of minutes to the renowned Dunbrody House for a more upmarket meal in stunning surroundings.
You can also simply drive along the Wexford coast and enjoy the scenery, which is amazing.
For the sake of the ten euro ferry fare, it makes a very different day out.
Believe it or not, I didn't know that a beach existed in this village until last Sunday - even though I have lived all my life within 5 miles of the village!
To get to this very pretty beach you take a left turn as you drive out of the village in the direction on Woodstown. The turn is difficult to see but it's right opposite the laneway that leads to the spot where you can get the best pics of the Church.
I am told that you need to be very carful on this beach as the tide comes in quickly and at uneven levels so it's easy to get trapped by water.
If you are feeling fit you can walk along this beach all the way to Woodstown beach.
I found this beach especially picturesque with the very unusual stones that are scattered there.
The townland that gave its name to the expression "By Hook or by Crooke" is also the home of one of the prettiest little Churches in Ireland. Perched high on a hill, looking down over the harbour, is the picturesque Crooke Church. Be prepared to see mountain goats clambering around it or, as I did when I stopped to take pics, block the mountain rescue as they come to save said goats.