January 2014 saw the coasts of Kerry and much of Ireland battered by storms and record high tides. On Rossbeigh strand the partially submerged wreck of the 19th century schooner, The Sunbeam, was dislodged from the sands where it had been resting for over 100 years following it’s shipwreck.
The wooden schooner built in 1860 in Exmouth, England was bought by Richard Kearon of Arklow. She was driven ashore in a storm and wrecked in January 1903 on a voyage bringing a shipment of flour from Kinvara to Cork. There was no loss of life.