• Comprised of soft glacial cliffs and sandy beaches, the southeastern coastline of Ireland is dominated by unconsolidated Quaternary-aged sediments with fewer rock exposures than Ireland’s other coasts. Facing Britain across a rough sea, County Wexford has been prone to incursions from both political and environmental forces throughout history. This article explores the depictions of and responses to the porous and fragile coast of Ireland’s southeast through the writing of award-winning and bestselling Wexford native Colm Tóibín.