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Helvick
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View from Ballyvoile out to Helvick Head
Coordinates 52°03′13″N 7°32′12″W / 52.053615°N 7.536734°W / 52.053615; -7.536734Coordinates: 52°03′13″N 7°32′12″W / 52.053615°N 7.536734°W / 52.053615; -7.536734
Geology Old Red Sandstone
Age 380 million years

Helvick or Helvick Head (Irish: Heilbhic, Ceann Heilbhic) is a headland on the southern end of Dungarvan Harbour, Ireland; it is the eastern tip of the Ring Peninsula.

Formed of Old Red Sandstone, it is the easternmost protrusion of a ridge that begins near Cork City.

Name

Helvick is one of very few Irish place names derived from the Old Norse of the Viking sailors who patrolled these coasts in the Middle Ages. The second part, -vík, means "bay" (cf. Smerwick); the meaning of the first part is unclear, but it may mean "healthy", "white", "holy", or "safe"; compare with Hellvik, Norway.

Wildlife

Helvick Head is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). The cliffs are a nesting site for seabirds including choughs and shag. Other bird species include razorbill, Northern fulmar, peregrine falcon, black-legged kittiwake, black guillemot, and common murre (guillemot).

Plants include gorse, bell heather, ling, devil's-bit scabious, heath bedstraw, bog violet, burnet rose, thrift, kidney vetch, sea mayweed and wild carrot.

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