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County Waterford

On the quays of Waterford city, we are witness to a trading and seafaring tradition which goes back at least 1,150 years. But this sense of history also looks to the future, as Waterford – traditionally the city of crystal and quality glassware – is popular as a Tall Shjps assembly port.  Today's larger commercial ships may be berthed downstream on the other side of the river at Belview, but the old cityside quays on the south bank retain a nautical flavour which is accentuated by very useful marina berthing facilities in the heart of town.

This fine port was founded in 853 AD when the Vikings - Danes for the most part - established the trading settlement of Vadrefjord. Its strategic location in a sheltered spot at the head of the estuary near the confluence of the Suir and Barrow rivers guaranteed its continuing success under different administrators, particularly the Normans, so much so that it tended to overshadow the county of Waterford, almost all of which is actually to the west of the city.

But for many years now, the county town has been Dungarvan, which is two-thirds of the way westward along Waterford's extensive south coast, which includes the attractive Copper Coast - between Fenor and Stradbally - in its midst. This spreading of the administrative centres of gravity has to some extent balanced the life of the Waterford region. But even so, the extreme west of the county is still one of Ireland's best kept secrets, a place of remarkable beauty between the Knockmealdown, Comeragh and Monavullagh mountains, where fish-filled rivers such as the Bride, the Blackwater, and the Nire make their way seawards at different speeds through valleys of remarkable variety and beauty, past pretty towns and villages such as romantic, castle-bedecked Lismore which has been an overall winner in the Tidy Towns awards, and is architecturally all of a piece.

West Waterford is a place of surprises. For instance, around the delightful coastal village of Ardmore, ancient monuments suggest that the local holy man, St Declan, introduced Christianity to the area quite a few years before St Patrick went to work in the rest of Ireland. And across the bay from Ardmore, the Ring neighbourhood is a Gaeltacht  (Irish-speaking) area with its own bustling fishing port at Helvick.

Dungarvan itself is enjoying the fruits of an attractive revival. It has relinquished its role as a commercial port, but is enthusiastically taking to recreational boating and harbourside regeneration instead. Along the bluff south coast, secret coves gave smugglers and others access to charming villages like Stradbally and Bunmahon. Further east, the increased tempo of the presence of Waterford city is felt both at the traditional resort of Tramore, and around the fishing/sailing harbour of Dunmore East.


Local Attractions and Information:

Ballymacarbry Nire Valley & Comeraghs on Horseback +353 (0)52 36147

Cappoquin Mount Melleray Activity Centre +353 (0)58 54322

Cappoquin Tourism Information +353 (0)58 53333

Dungarvan Tourism Information +353 (0)58 41741

Kilmeaden Old School House Craft Centre +353 (0)51 853567

Lismore Lismore Castle & Gardens +353 (0)58 54424

Passage East Car Ferry (to Ballyhack, Co Wexford) +353 (0)51 382480

Tramore Tramore House Gardens +353 (0)51 386303

Waterford Airport +353 (0)51 875589

Waterford Christ Church Cathedral (18c Neoclassical) +353 (0)51 858958

Waterford Waterford Crystal Glass Centre +353 (0)51 332500

Waterford Heritage Museum +353 (0)51 871227

Waterford Int. Festival of Light Opera (Sept) +353 (0)51 375437

Waterford Reginald's Tower 13th C Circular Tower +353 (0)51 304220

Waterford Theatre Royal +353 (0)51 874402

Waterford Tourism Information +353 (0)51 875823

Waterford Waterford Treasures at the Granary +353 (0)51 304500

Gardens

Mount Congreve - Garden County Waterford ireland
Mount Congreve
Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford
Mount Congreve represents gardening on a very grand scale indeed. And in late spring and early summer the 100 acre demesne is surely one of the wonders of the floral world to be ranked alongside sights like the flower carpets of Namaqualand. At t ...
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Golf

West Waterford Golf Clubhouse
West Waterford Golf Club
Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
Course Type: Parkland
The opening of this fine, Dungarvan development in 1993, was a particularly proud occasion for the designer, Eddie Hackett, who was seeing his 100th course become ready for play. The course is located in the Brickey Valley, just outside Dungarva ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
Salterbridge Gatelodge
Cappoquin, Co. Waterford
Salterbridge Gatelodge, located in the glorious Blackwater valley, dates from the mid 19th Century. Situated on the Salterbridge estate, on the valley road a mile from the charming village of Cappoquin, The Lodge is only 6 miles from the Heritage ...
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Tourist Attractions

Dungarvan Castle - Dungarvan County Waterford Ireland
Dungarvan Castle
Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
Dungarvan Castle (also known as King John's Castle) was built by the Normans in the 12th century and strengthened by King John of Robin Hood fame in the early 1200's. The Castle consists of a polygonal shell keep with an enclosing curtain wall, a ...
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Wedding Venues

Waterford Castle Hotel - Wedding Venue Waterford County Waterford Ireland
Waterford Castle Hotel
Waterford, Co. Waterford
Just two miles from Waterford City, this unusual hotel dates back to the 15th century, and is magically situated on its own 310 acre wooded island, reached by a chain linked private ferry. The hotel combines the elegance of earlier times with mod ...
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Local Recommendations

Hospitality

Special Offers

  • Value Breaks in Glasha

    There are few places in Ireland that have the restorative powers of West Waterford, particularly where the hospitality that the O'Gorman's of Glasha provide is concerned. They have a recession busting special offer at the moment Three nights B&B and two dinners for just €185 per person sharing
  • Specials at Hanora's Cottage

    Enjoy a very special short break in the gloriously remote Hanora's Cottage (a former Georgina Campbell Guesthouse of the Year) for only €125 or €155 per person to include two nights B&B, dinner on one evening, a packed lunch & samples of Hanoras Cottage produce to bring home (available Monday-Saturday).
  • Waterford's Original & Best Value Wine & Dine Offer

    Restaurant Chez-K’s is a large high bright room with plenty of natural light and large paintings by artist Darlene Garr on the walls, the restaurant offers cooking well above the standard normally expected of hotels. It is home to Waterford's Original & Best Value Wine & Dine Offer - 3 Course Meal plus a Bottle of Red/White House Wine for €24.50 per person – Wine based on 2 sharing

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