Glenribbeen Lodge
An Grianan Oirbsin

Glenribbeen, Lismore,
County Waterford, Ireland.
Tel: 00 353 58 54499

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Eco label

Georgina campbells

" A Holiday Experience without the Footprint "

Local Attractions

Things to do while visiting Glenribbeen Eco Lodge. (Map:,606746,598916,5)
Call Peter at Glenribbeen on 086 6017176

LOCAL weather station; LINK Thanks to Eugene F. Kelly Tipperary IT.

We provide some gentle garden games and a small trampoline as well as a "putting green". Peter provides traditional archery lessons as well as Irish-music lessons. (Might even be persuaded to play something too!). Peter is also a BER assessor and can give useful tips on cutting down on energy waste.

Music sessions, salmon & trout-fishing, canoeing, horse riding, pony trekking, cycling are all readily at hand and the countryside abounds in splendid woodland and country walks, while the Waterford coastline is renowned for its golden sandy beaches and secluded coves. Nearby is the famous Vee, a gap in the Knockmealdowns overlooking Co. Tipperary. Golfers can choose from three excellent 18 hole courses within 15 minutes. Three minutes away is the 9 hole Lismore course overlooked by the fairytale Lismore Castle.Bikes, kites, and even a canoe is provided to guests at this Waterford Accommodation.

Glenribbeen BatWatch. Echo-locator and instructions are provided for "Glenribbeen Bat-Watch". Locally we have 3 types of bats.Daubenton’s Bat; seen/heard over the river.
Leisler’s Bat ; Ireland's largest flies over the 'inches' flood-plains between us and the river. Pipistrelles: Ireland's smallest bat. Flies out of the woods and eats up to 3,500 flies and midges of an evening. Together they help keep the bugs at bay. More about bats. Click
For some great photos of bats Click Bat Conservation Ireland Click
Glenribbeen valley itself is one of the few places where one might see pine martens (cata crann) provide aerial acrobatics chasing the red squirrels (ion rua).

Salmon Smoker. •  Glenribbeen Salmon smoker. (only one in the area).

The Fisherman's Path. A wonderful tree-lined (some are hundred's of years old) path to the river and thence along it to the 'Kitchen Hole'. One can see all sorts of butterflies, birds (kingfishers, herons, egrets, cormorants, LOTS of waders), otters, salmon (leaping) and even the (very) odd seal !! In the evenings its a great place to witness various bats.

Lismore Music; World Music  and Opera Festival. Telephone:+353 (0)58 52 769

lismoreLismore Town: At the foot of the Knockmealdown mountains in west Waterford is one of Ireland's "Heritage Towns". Dating back to 636 AD the town as it is today was built during the 19th century. Lismore is very popular with tourists offering excellent hotels, pubs, guesthouses and craft shops. Lismore itself has a great history - It once had 3 universities and 29 churches. Legend has it that that a young Richard the Lionheart and Hildegard von Bingen studied here. Lismore was certainly home to Sir Walter Raleigh and Robert Boyle (father of modern chemistry) was born and bred in Lismore. Life-long resident of Lismore Dervla Murphy has written at least 24 adventure/travel books. See; Lismore was the overall winner of Ireland's Tidy Town's Competition in 2004 and in 2005 was crowned with gold in the European Entente Florale. 

cappoquinCappoquin itself a famous name for salmon fishing - especially in August and September also has Irish traditional music sessions (where all are welcome) on the first Friday of each month as well at local festival times and has a wonderful new "Community Centre" ( that boasts a Childcare Facility, Education Centre, Sports Hall, Theatre, Gym, Cookery Kitchen, Company Office & Tourist Facility Office. There are regular concerts too.
Cappoquin ("The Seat of the Kean's") was once a smelter-town and produced cannon for the Napoleonic Wars all shipped down river in lighters to Youghal. - later made farm-implements and machinery as well a cutlery.

Cappoquin Hse.
Cornerstone Festival:
Cappoquin June 2009: Above is the Winnie Fennel Group performing at the square 24th June 2009.
The group hold an open session every 1st Friday in the month that is open to all. They make strangers most welcome.
Musicians of all ages and abilities get a chance to star - if only for a few minutes.
Lots more information on social activities around Cappoquin on the Civic Link.Examples include; CAPPOQUIN ROWING CLUB; Contact: Denis Murray 058 –54382, Jim Murray 058 52085
Established in 1862. CAPPOQUIN SNOOKER and BILLIARDS CLUB; Contact : Michael Doherty 086 –3033087 Established in 1927. MELLERAY BADMINTON CLUB; Contact : Mary and Michael McGrath058 –54087.  MELLERAY COMMUNITY WALKING CLUB; Contact : Carmel Murphy 087 –2535149, Liam Power 087 –9047530.  MORRISSEY’S DARTS CLUB; Contact : Mike Coffey 087 –7913061. RAFT RACE GROUP; Contact : Tony Hickey 087 – 1322578      

lismore town centre
Main Street, Lismore.
 The Lismore Hotel was Ireland's first purpose-built hotel and the Red House opposite it (and centre picture) was an inn for the coachmen. Now run by Micháel O'Leary it's simply a great traditional bar with a great stove to sit by.  Serves simple pub-grub.

canoeCappoquin. From my canoe, 24 Sept 2009.
"The town on the elbow of the Blackwater" - site of a cannon factory during the Napoleonic Wars and hiding place for some of Sir Walter Raleigh's plunder. (He was resident in Lismore around this time and is credited with bring the potato to an area South of Lismore where it was grown intensively-guarded by stone-towers- and then exported throughout the known world). Raleigh captured merchant ships (around 1600AD) and dismembered them for other projects. As a result some of the local place names are called after ships - 30kms from the sea.
sunset at boat house

Sunset at the famous Cappoquin Boathouse, High water at a spring tide March 2010.

heritage centreLismore Heritage Centre is located in the centre of the town straight across from the Millennium Park. It has an audio visual display available in English, German, Italian and French and starts with the arrival of St. Carthage in 636. It open from 9.30 to 5.30 all year round and from May to October its open Sat and Sun from 10.00 to 5.30 and 12.00 to 5.30 respectfully. Walking tours of Lismore leave daily at 11.00 and 3.00. 
Telephone: +353 58 54975/54855 Email:  

Lismore Castle and Gardens which dates back to the mid 1100�s was formally the residence of the Bishop of Lismore, Then Richard Boyle, his son Robert (Scientist) and is now  the Irish residence of the Duke of Devonshire since 1602. The 7 acre Gardens are open to the public from mid April to mid October between 1.45 and 4.45 daily. For information on events that take placee in and around Lismore Castle with regards to the arts See; LismoreArts
Lismore Arts have a permanent collection that can be seen from March to October and each year a 'visiting' artist' presents a work for the season (at least).

Lismore Millennium Park
Lismore Millennium Park is located in the centre of Lismore. It was a joint development between Waterford County Council and Lismore Mochuda Development Company Ltd and includes a variety of features including walkways, seating, a water fountain, ice house, bridge and waterfall, gazebo, obelisk and a Wood Sculpture of St. Carthage.Central fountain Millennium Park, Lismore


Wood Sculpture of St. Carthage- OR Mochuta (D. 637) Founder of LISMORE ABBEY;

St Carthage's Catholic Church

St Carthage's Catholic Church
St Carthage's Catholic Church (Walter Doolin) in Lismore was built between 1881 and 1884 from red sandstone and white limestone supplied from a local quarry. It has a variety of stained glass windows of signifance, notably ones associated with Lismore like Carthage, Cathaldus and Colman. See:

St. Carthage's Cathedral

St. Carthage's Cathedral
St. Carthage's Cathedral was founded by St Carthage in 635 AD and used as a school and monastery. The Cathedral was destroyed in the 17th.

Glenribbeen BatWatch - regular walks to the river with an echo-locator.
See also Heritage Week Ireland.

Diving; Great diving off Dungarvan. "Danger Zone", a new service for the qualified technical wreck diver. Wrecks.

Contact : Kevin Power 058-68184 This is a traditional field archery club ie instinctive archery.
The course is based between Dungarvan and Cappoquin. Started in 2000 and shoots every Sunday at 11.00 am.     

Walking; perepetic activities. Great walks start at our very gate/s. For more serious walks there is the Commodius Vicus.

Mountaineering Club: Comeragh Mountaineering Club. iGuided tours of Cork and area; iWalks/Cork

iWalks:  Donegal,  Kilkenny,

Boating:     Cappoquin Boats: Denis Murray. 0876832872.
                   Cappa Lakes; Trout-fishing from shore or boat;
                                            John - 087 9745671 or Ann - 087 9770630

                   Blackwater Cruises. Great ECO way to see the river with a real Irish character - Tony Gallagher. Worth every penny he get off you !!
                   Contact Tony on 087-9889076
SeaFishing;  Typical catches include Conger, Ling, Pollack, Cod, Pouting and Coalfish. On the Reefs off Mine Head, up to 22 varieties have been caught in one day. Dungarvan is also one of Ireland's Blue Shark Angling Centres.
Cork Harbour is less than an hour from us with GREAT adventure possibilities from diving, hovercrafts to sea fishing ;
James McSweeney of Fish for Bass says " I started fishing from an early age and have a great deal of passion for all types of fish, particularly bass. I see the potential in Cork harbour and surrounding waters to be a mecca for the ultimate bass fishing experience". 

EquestrianBridestown Equestrian Centre. Contact: Gemma +353 (0)87 9627302                                 or Philip +353(0)87 2213483

Rally School. Millstreet, Cappagh, Dungarvan.
                      Tom Kenneally,

BEACHES:  Clonee Beach, DungarvanClonee Beach, Dungarvan

Clonee Beach Activities. Kids-club and evening teens-activities.
Body-boarding, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Funbeach-games.
         All equiptment provided
Call Barry on 087 9207730 or e-mail

The Blackwater

The Blackwater or Munster Blackwater (as Gaeilge: An Abhainn Mhór, The Great River) is a river which flows through counties Kerry, Cork, and Waterford in Ireland.

It rises in the Mullaghareirk Mountains
in County Kerry and then flows in an easterly direction through County Cork, through Mallow and Fermoy. It then enters County Waterford where
it flows through Lismore, before abruptly turning south at Cappoquin, and finally draining into the sea at Youghal Harbour In total, the Blackwater is 168 kilometres long. It is notable for being one of the best salmon fishing rivers in the country.

The River Blackwater at Fermoy, Co. Cork
Note and photo from Tony Gallagher's

Walking Tours/Ways;  For Cork see; iWalks

For more photos of "Old West Waterford" 

Dungarvan Brewery Photos of old Dungarvan scenes.

Alternative Maps.

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Glenribbeen Eco Lodge to Passage East along the coast.
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Walking; West Waterford; Comeragh Mountaineering Club

Glenribbeen Eco Lodge to M8 at Cahir (Junction 10)
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History of Waterford

Lovely B&W video from BBC archives of Ireland of long ago. Litteraly a world away.