Blackwater Valley

The Town of Fermoy

Fermoy, built on the River Blackwater, is a Garrison Town. Leading up to the Nepolionic Wars it accommodated the largest Military Establishment on the Island of Ireland. See history of Fermoy  Fermoy is located on the crossroads between the Rosslare/Killarney and Dublin/Cork routes.  Today it is a small modern industrial town of about 5,000 people. 

It is an attractive base to explore the history and amenities of North and East Cork and West Waterford.  Fermoy is renowned as an inland fishing centre and has an international appeal for trout, salmon and coarse fishing. The rivers Blackwater, Funcheon and the Bride being particularly famous.

The surrounding unspoilt countryside is some of the most scenic in the area, with its mixture of valleys, rivers, mountains, period houses and castles.

The many fine period houses and gardens in the area, historic sites, castles and places of archaeological interest are all there for you.

Take a trip to the Vee in the Knockmealdown mountains for its spectacular scenery, where you can visit Mount Mellary.

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Aerial View of Fermoy

Mitchelstown Caves and Fota Wildlife Park are also easily accessible are always a particular favourite with children and adults alike.

The seaside resorts in Youghal and Ardmore are just about 30 minutes drive away.

In recent years, Walking Tourism has been extensively developed, with long and short walking trips carefully laid out to suit all levels of experience.

Fermoy's village structure is probably the richest in the country, with something unique and interesting to offer:  Kilworth with its castle and famous Village Arts Centre, Glanworth with its castle and megalithic tomb, Ballyduff with its famous Theatre and Theatre Festival.  

Further castles abound in Ballyhooly, Castlelyons, Conna, Cregg, Castletownroche, Lismore and the fairytale like folly on the "Towers" walk near Lismore will delight anyone. The area is rich in historical monuments, a reflection of its important location in former years.

There are several famous stud farms in the area, one of them, Cashtehyde, was the home of Dawn Run.

Fermoy is an ideal base for touring the whole of the southern half of Ireland. Take a look at the many fine attractions within 90 minutes drive of Fermoy.