Ireland’s Ancient East

Ireland’s Ancient East

Plan your escape.

As Ireland’s oldest Christian site, Ardmore is ideally placed to take centre stage of Ireland’s Ancient East.

And, Ardmore Waterford has so much to offer visitors.

In the A–Z of Ireland’s Ancient East, it is not surprising that the first letter is given to Ardmore.

A is for Ardmore. The Round Tower in this Co. Waterford village, where St. Declan established his monastery, is the only monastery on Ireland’s coast.

Ireland's Ancient East

So what’s Ireland’s Ancient East all about?

Well, in April 2015, Fáilte Ireland introduced a new umbrella destination brand called Ireland’s Ancient East.

It’s a brand that offers visitors a compelling motivation to visit the East of Ireland. And, it reflects the rich and colourful history and diversity of the landscapes involved.

Ireland’s Ancient East is also a wonderful opportunity for you to experience 5000 years of history.

There are four distinct thematic pillars within Ireland’s Ancient East:

Early Christian Ireland Sites – As such, it is therefore no wonder that Ardmore has so much to offer in this pillar category. Other sites along the Ancient East Trail that are worth visiting include Clonmacnoise, Glendalough, Mellifont Abbey, Jerpoint Abbey, St.Canice’s Cathedral and Holycross Abbey.

The other three pillars are:

Ancient Ireland – The Dawn of Civilisation, including the prehistoric attractions of the Boyne Valley in Newgrange and sites such as the Brownshill Dolmen in Carlow.

Medieval Ireland Sites such as Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile, the Viking Quarter in Waterford, Hook Head Lighthouse, Trim Castle and the Rock of Cashel.

Anglo Ireland – This includes Ireland’s Great Houses and Gardens as well as sites such as the Dunbrody Famine Ship and Wicklow Gaol.

Explore Ireland’s Ancient East – Ardmore, County Waterford

Explore Ireland’s Ancient East – Ardmore, County Waterford

Decidedly grounded with one foot in the past and the other firmly looking to the future, Ardmore conjures up dreams of peaceful adventure and meets them every time. The Round Tower and Cathedral are the villages defacto icons and Ardmore Bay and the Cliff Walk inspire every visitor to want to put down roots here. In fact, there are some that believe that once you visit Ardmore once that it will forever stay in your heart.

There are many ways that you can travel to Ardmore but if you are taking the scenic route from Waterford to Ardmore, you’ll see enchanting sleepy seaside villages, the ever breathtaking sea views, the rolling Comeragh’s and the wonderful town of Dungarvan that are all along the way.

And, when you arrive you can bake in an enticing trail of delicious food, inspiring arts and crafts, architectural triumphs and centuries-old built environment on this incredible tour through Ardmore – all along Ireland’s Ancient East.

But do take your time to experience the culture, cuisine and history of Ardmore, County Waterford.

If you want to know where to stay, you’re almost guaranteed to fall in love over and over again.

Things To See And Do

Things To See And Do

Ardmore in Waterford has so much to offer visitors coming to the sunny South-East. And, for those that are making their way along Ireland’s Ancient East trail.

Our cliffs, harbour, village, and beaches have been established by Saints, besieged by an army, visited by the titans of the sea, and welcoming visitors into their homes. Few coasts have seen as much activity as that along the south East of Ireland.


Ardmore Waterford is wonderfully positioned to offer a visitor access to:

– Heritage
– Scenery
– Sightseeing
– Walking
– Crafts
– Museums

Don’t miss some of the many things that you can see when you visit Ardmore and Grange Waterford.

– Ardmore Cathedral
– Ardmore Round Tower
– St Declan’s Well
– St Declan’s Oratory
– St Declan’s Oratory
– St Paul’s Church
– McKenna’s Castle
– Ardmore Cliff Walk
– The Lookout
– Fr O’Donnell’s Well
– Samson Wreck
– Ardmore Pier
– Ardmore Main Beach
– Curragh Beach
– Goat Island
– Whiting Bay

Shops, food and toilets are available in the centre of the village.

We also include some key contacts that will make your visit even more special.

Things To Do

Ardmore Adventures
Ardmore Adventures specialises in exciting outdoor activities to suit all ages and interests from beginner to expert in the East Cork/West Waterford area. Main Street
 Ardmore, Co. Waterford Tel: 
083-3743889 Email: Website

Blackwater Cruises
The tour leaves from Youghal jetty and travel North up the River Blackwater, past Rhincrew and towards the old bridge and the remains of Templemichael Castle. Passing Molana Abbey on the left, you’ll enter a tranquil, unspoilt area of natural beauty, as yet untouched by urban development. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes subject to weather and tides. Prices for Blackwater Cruises are as follows: Adults – €20. Children – €10. Contact Tony Gallagher on 087-9889076 or Website

Jim Lane Tours 087-4168452

Ardmore Open Farm
The open farm is located just minutes from the seaside village of Ardmore, Co. Waterford and is beautifully situated overlooking Whiting Bay. Tel: 024 87600 Website

Perks Funfair 087-6679971

Ardmore Farmers Market Held every Sunday during the summer. Fun for all the family. Facebook Page

Waterford County Musuem, St Augustine St, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. (058) 45960

Molly Keane’s Writers Retreat 086-4071811 Website

Ardmore Diving
Ardmore bay offers ideal conditions for sheltered inshore diving, and further out to sea there are numerous dive sites including several wrecks .+353(0)876897600 E:

Monatrea Equestrian Centre
One of Ireland’s oldest established Equestrian centres, spanning some 60 years. Founded in 1951 with the purchase of ‘Spinster’ who’s blood lines are still to the fore in the Monatrea horses.

We offer our guests the opportunity to ride with us through quiet country lanes, grassy boreens and open farm land. The beautiful beaches of Whiting Bay, Ardmore and Ferry Point are on our door step which makes for a lovely ride – tides permitting! Website

Shops And Galleries

Ardmore Pottery and Gallery
Mary Lincoln established Ardmore Pottery and Gallery in 1983. Tel: (0)24 94152

Ardmore Gallery and Tearoom
The Ardmore Gallery and Tearoom reopened in the Summer of 2009 under Breda O’Brien. Breda, a well-known local artist has added her personal touch and come up with a winning formula through the combination of this artistic setting with a delightful tearoom, art workshop and art & craft gallery. Website Tel: 024-94863

The tearoom, with adjoining garden, has proved to be an extremely popular addition to the gallery, serving tea, coffee, minerals and fresh cakes daily.

The Anchor Art and Design Boutique, Ardmore 024-87740 Stocks an eclectic mix of tasteful Irish accessories, cashmere scarves and bags, alongside original artwork by local painters.

Quinns Foodstore Tel: 024 94250

Beachcombers Beach & Ice-Cream Shop
Sharon and Harry look forward to welcoming you to their shop on main street Ardmore, Co Waterford. They will be pleased to be able to provide you with all your needs for a great day out in Ardmore. 024-87742 / 086-8097185

Judy Shinnick Art Studio
Judy is an award winning classically trained artist living and working in Ardmore Co Waterford and Dubai, UAE. Judy also teaches watercolour, oil and mixed media workshops. Website

Brigid Shelly Gallery
Brigid delighted to be known as the “Cow Painter”, as over the last fifteen years she has specialised in painting cows, but she does paint a variety of other subjects as you will see in this website. 087-2676152

Brenda Harris Art Studio
Brenda is very fortunate to have the experience of living in two vastly different but very beautiful countries – Ireland & France. The surrounding landscapes in Ardmore, Co. Waterford and Collioure in the South of France with their ever changing climates inspire my work greatly. Tel +353 86 8371855 Facebook Page

Michael O’Brien’s Shop, Grange

Bars & Food

Whatever your taste or budget we have a wide variety of restaurants and bars In Ardmore.

Keever’s Village Bar, Main Street,
, Co. Waterford 024-94141

An Tobar, Main st Ardmore Co. Waterford 024 94166

White Horses Restaurant, Ardmore 024 94040

Shipmates Gourmet Diner Tel: 024 87709

Flemings Bar, Grange

Kiely’s Bar, Kiely’s Cross

Festivals And Events

Ardmore Pattern Festival Website

Community Groups

Ardmore Tidytowns Website


Dr. Joseph Meehan Health Centre, Ardmore, Co. Waterford (024) 94280

Mari Mina Pharmacy, Main Street 
Ardmore Tel: 024 94898

Where To Stay

Where To Stay

You’ll be spoilt for choice when you come and stay in Ardmore, Waterford.

From the wonderful family run Round Tower Hotel located in the heart of the beautiful village of Ardmore to the Michelin starred Cliff House Hotel your every need will be met. We also have a wonderful selection of really special bed and breakfast accomodation and guesthouses to suit any visitor.

Ardmore County Waterford

Making Your Time In Ardmore Even More Memorable

We’re here to help you find the perfect base for your visit to Ardmore. And, are pleased to provide you with key contacts that are sure to cater for your every need.

Round Tower Hotel
The present proprietors, Aidan and Patricia Quirke took over the operation of the hotel in January 1996. Aidan is a Shannon Hotel School graduate with almost thirty years experience in the hotel trade. Round Tower Hotel offers 10 well appointed en suite bedrooms with Wifi, TV, phone and tea & coffee facilities. Bedrooms have been fully refurbished during the winter season has re-opened in March 2016.

The Hotel has a dining/breakfast room, small function room, traditional Irish bar and residents lounge. Fresh local produce features prominently on both the bar and restaurant menus. Bar food is available during the summer season May to September normally and our traditional Sunday Lunch menu is served all year round. The hotel also has a live music session on the last Friday of every month all year round. Tel: 353 (0)24 94494 hotel website

The Cliff House Hotel
Regarded as one of the finest small luxury five-star hotels in Ireland, this 39-room seaside boutique hotel features an intimate Irish destination spa as well as a Michelin-starred restaurant. Tel: 024 87800 Hotel Website

Duncrone Bed & Breakfast
This bed and breakfast has breathtaking views will make your stay fondly remembered. This charming house in it’s splendid surroundings has everything to offer, private car parking, every bedroom en suite,tv, free WiFi. Jeanette & Pat Dunne extend a warm welcome to everyone whos stays there. Tel +353 (0)24 94860 B&B Website

Cush Bed & Breakfast Duffcarrick Ardmore Co Waterford
Tel: 00353 +(0)24 94474 Mobile: 087 4141222 email:

Newton Farm Guesthouse, Grange, County Waterford.
Newtown Farm Country House is run by Maurice and Teresa and they have being welcoming guests into their family B&B for over 33 years. Our bed and breakfast accommodation is located near the coastal resort of Ardmore, Co. Waterford. The 120 acres has being farmed by 4 generations of the O’Connor family for the past 150 years. Tel +353 24 94143 B&B Website

Fountain House Ardmore
Charming B&B accommodation located on Main Street in the heart of Ardmore village. Tel: 024-94256

Summerhill Farm House
A large working dairy farm just 3 miles from Ardmore. Tel: 353 (0)24 92682 Website

Ardmore Bed & Breakfast
Opened for 2013 and located in Lissarow, three miles from the vilage. B&B Website
Tel: 00353 (0)24 87693

Cush B&B
A 3 star Failte Ireland approved, modern guesthouse situated in Duffcarrick, Ardmore. Tel: 353 (0)24 94474 B&B Website

Carraigdhoun B&B 024-94436

Curragh Caravan Site 087-2452549

Ardmore Seaview Motor Home Park 086-3895755

Beach Caravan Park Site Rental 024-94938

Powers Caravan Park 087-2230264

Ardmore Holiday Homes 087 6868410

The Place Names Of Ardmore

The Place Names Of Ardmore

Ardmore Waterford offers so much more than a city break.

Walking around Ardmore, you’ll be amazed of the beauty of this little hideaway. Dig a little deeper and you may even stumble on the unusual. Discover the “Well of the White Cow”? Stare at the “Stinking Corner”. And, even seek out the “Cave of the Wild Cats”.

For something a bit different, step back in time and let Rev. Canon Power be your guide to the placenames of Ardmore.

What’s In A Name?

Ardmore was an ancient monastic and episcopal parish – it is maritime in character – of great extent and curiously broken up into isolated fragments.

Historically it is one of the most important parishes in the county – if not, indeed, in Ireland. From our present special point of view also it is extremely interesting. It furnishes a large number of cliff names, some ecclesiastical names of value, and many unusual names and forms. St. Declan established himself here, probably in the 5th century and previous to the advent of St. Patrick. The chronology of Declan’s life is singularly complicated and uncertain. The ecclesiastical remains at Ardmore consist of a Cathedral, a Round Tower and a primitive oratory, and, at a distance of a quarter of a mile from the main group, stands a second early church with holy wells, &c.

There is likewise the site of a castle, frequently referred to in connection with the 17th century wars. For a detailed description of cathedral, tower, oratory, &c. see “Ardmore Deugláin.” (Cath. Truth Society of Ireland). Ardmore (Ard mhór “the Great Height”), is name of the parish only. An older name according to St. Declan’s Life was Ard na gCaorach – “Height of the Sheep.” Ard na gCaorach, as a place name, still survives; it is occasionally applied to that portion of the parish lying generally to south of the main road which runs from Ardmore village to the sea at Whiting Bay. Within the specified area are roughly comprised the townlands of Ardocheasty, Ardoginna, Farrengarret, and Ballinamona.

The village of Ardmore is spread over the adjoining portions of four townlands – Duff-Carrick, Dysert, Farrengarret and Monea. That wonderful industrialist, the Great Earl of Cork, developed an extensive pilchard fishery at Ardmore. In 1616 he erected a fish press and built salting and fish houses, all of which have long since disappeared. Local speakers of Irish pronounce the name, Aird Mhóir.

Townlands of Ardmore:

AHAUN: Áthán – “Little Ford.” Area 128 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D):
(a) Cloch Áthán – “Little Ford Stone”; a large pillar stone standing prominently on the summit of a bare ridge and visible for miles around.
(b) Áth na gCéim – “Stepping-Ford.”

ARDOCHEASTY: Ard Uí Shéasta – “O’Cheasty’s Height.” This was ancient chantry land. Area 172 acres. The present writer has edited, from the original at Brussels, Brother Michael O’Clery’s “Life of St. Declan” Irish Texts Society, 1916) “Life and letters of the Great Earl of Cork” (Townshend), p.101 “Archeolesty” (Distr. Bk.).
Sub denominations (S.D):
(a) Poulnagat (Ordnance Map), Poll na gCat, also Faill na gCat – “Cave (and “Cliff”) of the Wild Cats.”
(b) Leaca Dhóite – “Burned Glen Slope.”
(c) Páirc na Scolb – “Field of the Splinters (Skewers for thatching).”
(d) Faill an Duilisc – “Cliff of the Edible Seaweed.”
(e) Bóithrín an Deantaigh – “Meaning uncertain. Possibly Deantach is a personal name.
(f) “The Curring” – Meaning unknown; on boundary with Dysert.

ARDOGINNA: Ard Ó gCionáith – “O’Kinny’s or Kenna’s Height.” Area 425 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D):
I. Coastwise: (E. to W.).
(a) Gleann Phiarais – “Pierce’s Glen.”
(b) Faill na nGairdíní – “Cliff of the Gardens.”
(c) Gaibhlín an Phuith (?) – “Narrow Sea Inlet of the Wind Gust.”
(d) Carraig Fhada – “Long Rock.”
(e) Gaibhlín an Chubhair – “Sea Inlet of the Froth.”
(f) Faill an Mhadra Rua “The Fox’s Cliff”
(g) Cois Céim – “Stepping Stone.”
(h) Cúil an Ghearráin – “The Old Horse’s Corner.”
(i) Falla Bán – “White Wall.”
(j) Faill na bPréachán – “The Crows’ Cliff.”
(k) Pointe an tSeaga – “The Cormorant’s Point.”
(l) Faill na Bó – “The Cow’s Cliff.”
(m) Poll na Gaoithe – “Windy Cavern.”
(n) Gaibhlín na Mealbhóg – “Narrow Sea Inlet of the Pouches.”
(o) Faill an Iarrainn – “Iron Cliff.”
(p) Faill na gCaorach – “Sheeps’ Cliff.”
(g) Gleann Beag – “Little Glen.”
(r) Gabhlín an tSeaga – “Narrow Sea Inlet of the Cormorant.”
(s) Cloch (or Croch) an Oidhre – “The Heir’s Rock (or Gallows).” The name is accounted for as follows. A young man, the heir of considerable property, had gained a certain lady’s affections. A jealous and disappointed rival contrived at a ball to put by stealth into the young man’s pocket a gold cup, which he then accused him of stealing. The accused fled on horseback and, being pursued, jumped his horse over Faill Fhada calculating the animal would fail to clear the chasm and that both would be killed. The horse, however, jumped the opening and landed on a piece of earth-covered rock at the other side. Here the young man took refuge in a cave, but was tracked by bulldogs, taken finally, and hanged at this place!
(t) Faill Fhada – “Long Cliff.”
(u) Carraig an tSasanaigh – “The Englishman’s Rock.”
(v) Clais na mBolamán – “Trench of the shad (Horse Mackerel).”
(w) Oileán na nGabhar – “The Goat’s Island.”
(x) Gaibhlín an tSagairt – “The Priest’s Little Sea Inlet.”
(y) Gort an Dúinín – “Garden of the Little Fort.” The “Fort” in question is an entrenched headland which the present place adjoins.
(z) Carraig Uí Bhric – “O’Bric’s Rock” ; uncovered at low water, as is the next.
(aa) Carraig Bhuí – “Yellow Rock.”
(bb) Carraig an Mhadra – “Rock of the Dog (Wolf).”
(cc) An Lochtaigh – “Cliff of the Ledges.”
(dd) Carraig Philib – “Philip’s Rock.”
(ee) Faill an Leanmhanaigh – “Cliff of the Pursuer.”
(ff) Faill na Cuaille Seasaimh – “Cliff of the Standing Pole.”
(gg) Faill an Reithe – “Cliff of the Ram.”
(hh) Faill na mBioránach – “Cliff of the Sprats,” or “ Sharp-pointed Rocks.”
II. Inland:
(ii) Tobairín an tSiúcra – “Little Well of the Sugar.”
(jj) Móineán Oidhre – “The Heir’s Little Bog.”
(kk) Bán an Rinnce – “Field of the Dance.”

BALLINROAD: Baile an Róid – “Road Homestead.” Area 202 acres.

BALLINTLEA: Baile an tSléibhe – “Mountain Homestead.” On this are the graveyard and ruined church of Ballymacart. Area (in two divisions) 290 acres.

BALLYCURRANE: Baile Uí Chorráin – “O’Currane’s or Carey’s Homestead.” Area 223 acres. “Ballycurryn” (Inq. Jas. I.).
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Páirc na dTruiseanna (dTurasanna) – “Field of the Devotional Rounds.” See Journal R.S.A. (Ireland) Vol. XXXVI., pp.248-9

BALLYGUIRY: (See under Dungarvan par.) Area 261 acres.

BALLYKILMURRY: Baile Mhic Giolla Mhuire (also Baile Uí Mhic Giolla Mhuire) – “MacGillemory’s (or O’MacGillemorys) Homestead.” “MacGillemory, a leading Norse family in Waterford, was in later times said to have come from Devonshire.” Journal R.S.A.I. Sept. 1901, p. 302. Area 113 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D):
(a) Faill an Uisce – “The Water Cliff.”
(b) Faill na gCaorach – “Cliff of the Sheep.”
(c) An Bruachán – “The Little Bank (or Border)”; a bank of land running into the sea.
(d) Carraig na Rónta – “The Seals Rock.”

BALLYNAHARDA: Baile na hArda – “Homestead of the Height (Ridge).” Area 266 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Faill an Chnoic Rua – “Cliff of the Red Hill.”
(b) Cabhar an Ime – “The Butter Causeway.”
(c) Rinn an Oileáin – “The Island Point.”
(d) Faill an Ghabhair – “The Goat’s Cliff.”
(e) Faill an Ghlíntín. See (d) under Ballinamona II below.

BALLYNAGLERAGH: Baile na gCléireach – “Clergy Town.” Area 98 acres.

BALLYNAMERTINAGH: Baile na mBirtíneach – “Homestead of the Small Bundles” (O.D. O’Donovan ?). Although this is O’Donovan’s interpretation, I regard it with considerable doubt. It seems much more probable that the qualifying word represents a family name, scil:- Martin or Merton. The Act (16 Chas. I.) for adjusting differences between the Earl of Cork and the Bishop of Waterford enacts that “the Castle in Ardmore lately builded by Sir E. Harris with the two plowlands next adjoining called Carriggduffe and Ballymartinagh be made mensalls for ever of the Bishoprick.” Area 336 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Áth na gClárach – “Ford of the Planks.”
(b) Tobar na Tuinne – “Well of the Quagmire.”
(c) Páirc na Scine – “Field of the Knife.”
(d) Páirc an Chlampair – “Field of the Contention.”
(e) Cnoc Airdín (now often bun an Chnoic – “Bottom of the Hill”) – “Hill of the Little Height.”
(f) Clais na Muc – “The Pigs’ Trench”; a ravine on the coterminous boundary of this townland with Ballybrusa and Ballylane.

BALLYNAMONA I: Baile na Móna – “Homestead of the Bog.” There are, strangely enough, two townlands of the name in the parish. Area (in two divisions) 464 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Poll Rua – “Red Hole (Cavern)”; a sub-division of some 300 acres.
(b) Páirc na dTurcach – “Field of the Turks (or Turkeys).”
(c) Tigh Chaille Bhéara – “Caille Beara’s House”; this is a dolmen standing close to edge of the cliff.
(d) Faill an Ghlíntín. This is locally understood to mean “Cliff of the Streamlet.” There is a similarly named cliff on Ballinaharda, and in both cases the cliff so designated is between two small glens running down to the sea.

BALLYNAMONA II: Baile na Móna – “Homestead of the Bog.” This townland, of same name as last, is separated from the latter by some miles; they cannot therefore be regarded as portions of a common Ballynamona. Area 738 acres.
Sub denomination ( S.D.):
(a) Lisíní – “Little Lioses.”

BALLYTRISNANE: Baile Uí Thriosnáin – “O’Tresnan’s Homestead.” Area 281 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Cill – “Church.” The name is here applied to two fields (formerly one) in which is an early church site and close to the latter – a Holy Well.
(b) Gleanntán an Mhadra – “Little Glen of the Dog (Wolf).”
(c) Tobar Thriosnáin – Still occasionally visited.

BARRANALEAHA: Barra na Léithe – “Summit of Leagh.” Leagh is the townland immediately adjoining, lower down the hillside. Area 123 acres.

BARRANASTOOKA: Barra na Stuac – “Summit (Height) of the Projecting Peak.” Area 419 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Currach Cinn – “Swamp of the Head”; a well-known subdivision.

BOHERBOY: Bóthar Buí – “Yellow Road.” Area 212 acres.

CARRIGEEN: Carraigín – “Little Rock.” Area 46 acres.

CARRONAHYLA: Carn na hAidhle – O’Donovan renders it “Cairn of the Adze” and surmises that the monument marks the grave of a cooper. More probably Carn na hAibhle – “Cairn of Fire Spark (or ‘Electric Flash’ ),” or, “of the Wind” – also, Aidhle. Area 157 acres.

CARRONBEG: Carn Beag – “Little Cairn.” Area, 230 acres.

CARRONADAVDERG: Carn an Daimh Deirg – “Cairn of the Red Ox.” This carn is erroneously marked Sliabh Grainn on old Maps. A remarkable eminence visible for many miles in three directions. A wild legend accounts for the name. Fionn and a contemporary giant had a “difference” as to ownership of a certain red bull. In the heat of dispute the rival proprietors seized each a horn of the beast and pulled the creature in twain. Something over a century and a half since, an enterprising man named Gilmartin erected a windmill on the summit of the Cairn. Area 357 acres.

CLASHBRACK: Clais Bhreac – “Speckled Trench.” Area 226 acres.

CLOGHERAUN: Cloichreán – “Stony Place”; entirely uninhabited. Area 202 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Loch Mór – “Great Pond.” COOLROE, Cúil Rua – “Red Corner.” Area 700 acres.

CROBALLY: Crua Bhaile – “Stiff-soiled Townland.” Area (in two divisions) 757 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Leac Thaidhg Mhóir – “Big Teigh’s Flagstone.”
(b) Bóthar Leathan – “Wide Road.”
(c) An Cladán – “The Fence-like Stone Pile”; a sub-division containing a single farm.
(d) Clocha Breaca – “Spotted Rocks”: a small sub-division.
(e) Láithreach – “(The) Open Space”; applied, in this case, to the commonage surrounding Crobally well. (f) Bóithrín Leasa Aoire – “Little Road of the Shepherd’s Lios.”
(g) Tobar na Bó Finne – “Well of the White Cow.”
(h) An Chill, a field in which is an early church site.
Cliffwards (E. to W.):-
(i) Faill Dhearg – “Red Cliff.”
(j) Cois Druide – “Foot of the Starling”; a cliff.
(k) Carraig an Deargáin – “Rock of the Bream”; an isolated rock in the sea.
(l) Gaibhlín Bréan – “Stinking Narrow Sea Inlet.”
(m) Faill an Fhíona – “The Wine Cliff.”
(n) Cois an Oileáin – “(Place) Beside the Island.”
(o) An Cumar – “The Confluence (or ‘Valley’)”; a cleft in the cliff.
(p) Carraig na Seagaí – “Rock of the Cormorants.”
(q) An Cúlaim. The name is here applied to a deep inlet of the sea which forms a small harbour. The word seems to signify a haven.
(r) Béal an Chuain – “Mouth of the Haven.”
(s) Faill an Aitinn – “The Furze Cliff.”
(t) Faill Dhúngarbhán – “Dungarvan’s Cliff.”
(u) Faill Ifrinn – “Hell’s Cliff.”
(v) Faill na mBreallán – “Cliff of the Shell-fish.”
(w) Cúil Bhréan – “Stinking Corner”; so named from its odour of decaying seaweed.

CROSSFORD: Áth na Croise – “Ford of the (Termon?) Cross.” Area 102 acres.

CRUSHEA: Crois Aodha – “Aodh’s Cross.” Area 171 acres. “Crosshea” (Inq. Eliz.).
Sub denomination (S.D.):
(a) Carraig Aodha – “Aodh’s Rock”; in the sea, but uncovered at low water. In the 5th century, Declan’s time, this rod would probably have stood well over high water.
CURRAGH: Currach – “Swamp.” The sandy soil is peculiarly suited to potatoes which are grown here extensively by the fishermen. Liam O’Meehan, however, tells me the name is really An Chora, pron. Churra – “The Weir.” Area 291 acres. “Currach Tirim na Sac” (Old Saying).
Sub denomination (S.D.):
(a) Loch Mór – “Great Pond”; a lagoon.
(b) Bóithrín na Leacan – “Little Road of the Glen Slope,” running east and west.
(c) Bóithrín an Leasa – “Little Road of the Lios”; parallel with last.
(d) Tobairín Mhuire – “Mary’s Little Well”; this however has no reputation for sanctity.
(g) Carraig an Phóna – “Rock of the Pound.”
(f) Páirc na Teorann – “Field of the Boundary.”
(g) Tobar Dháithí Óig – “Young David’s Well.”
(h) Bóithrín na Ladhaire – “Little Road of the River Fork.”
(i) Cúlaim – ‘A Field’ name. See under Corbally. In the present instance, the name is applied to a field! Cúlaim, as a place name, occurs four times in the county, scil:- three times in this parish and once in Rathmoylan.

DRUMSLIG: Drom Slioga – “Shell Ridge.” Area 529 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Mine Shafts (O.M.), Mianach an Iarainn – “Iron Mine.” Iron Ore was worked here on a small scale in the beginning of the last century. Two of the workings have special names, scil:- Mianach Mór and Mianach Beag.

DUFFCARRICK: Carraig Dhubh – “Black Rock.” Area 178 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Loch Mór – “Great Pond”; a lagoon of brackish water.
(b) St. Declan’s Stone (O.M.); a boulder to which wonderful healing powers, are popularly attributed. It lies on the strand, and on the Saint’s feast day persons desiring cures crawled through a cavity beneath it and performed various devotions. This is the celebrated rock on which the Saint’s Bell or altar stone was carried across the sea from Wales.
(c) Bóithrín an Treinse – “Little Road of the Trench.” This modern road represents portion of the ancient highway which ran northwards from Ardmore to Cashel. In other portions of its course the road is known as the “Track” or “Trench” of St. Patrick’s Cow, &c.
(d) Faiche – “Hurling Green.” This was a sandy space, thirty acres in extent and grass overgrown, which lay between the present partly-washed-away strand road and the sea. Only about two acres of the green remain; the balance has been carried away by the sea.
(e) Crannóg – “Artificial Island.” This has entirely disappeared. The site, which is now far below high water mark, must have been a tideless lagoon at the date of construction of the crannog. Curiously enough, Crannóg is also the Irish for a pulpit and the dicky of a coach; the idea of isolation, on an eminence overlooking one’s surroundings, underlies the various uses of the word.
(f) Páirc an Mhadra – “The Dog’s (Or Wolf’s) Field.”

DYSERT: Díseart – “Hermitage.” There are ruins of a church – probably late mediaeval, also a much venerated Holy Well and some stone crosses of rude character. On this townland (W. boundary) there was also a castle which stood a short siege in 1642; no remains survive. Area 224 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Coolamore and Coolabeg (Ordnance Map), Cúlaim. See under Curragh, above.
(b) Ram Head (O.M.), Carraig (also Ceann) an Ráma. Derivation unknown.
(c) Leac na gCánóg – “Flagstone of the Puffins.”
(d) Faill na Daraí – “Cliff of the Oak Tree.”
(e) Faiche Mhór – “Great Plain” (perhaps, for Fathach Mór – “Great Giant”); the name is applied to a huge cliff.
(f) Leac an Té – “Flagstone of the Tea.”
(g) Droichidín – “Little Bridge.”
(h) Cúil an Chaisleáin – “Castle Corner.”
(i) Carraig Liath – “Grey Rock.”
(j) Lic – (locative) Lónáin – “Lonan’s Flagstone.” Lonan was one of Declan’s disciples who is stated to have accompanied the Saint from Rome to Ireland.
(k) Faill na Slinneacha – “Cliff of the Slaty Places.”
(l) Pointe Mhic Raghallaigh – “Mac Raghailigh’s Point,”
(m) An Droichidín – “The Little Bridge.”
(n) Faill na Méaróg – “Cliff of the Pebbles (Hand Stones).” Méaróg – also = “Finger-post.”

FAHA: Faiche – “Hurling Green.” Area 211 acres.

FARRANALOUNTY: Fearann na Lóinte – “Farm of the Stores.” “Farrenollonty” (Distr. Bk.). Area 97 acres.

FARRANGARRETT: Fearann Ghearóid – “Garrett’s Farm.” Area 811 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Tobar na Baidhbe – “The Banshee’s Well.”

GARRANASPICK: Garrán an Easpaig – “The Bishop’s Grove”; a detached portion of the parish. Area 184 acres.
[Note: Garranaspic is normally associated with parish of Kinsalebeg].

GARRYNAGREE: Garraí na Groí – “Garden of the Horses.” Area 308 acres.

GATES: Na Geataí – Idem. Here, in former times, stood the commonage gates, on the boundary of the then reclaimed land. Beyond the gates, to the north, stretched primaeval mountain. Reclamation, in later times, advanced half a mile further towards the mountain, but recently there is a receding movement which promises to give back to the grudging waste most of what, with God knows how much toil, has been wrung from it. Area 97 acres.

GLENALEERISKA: Gleann an Liath-Ruisc – “Glen of the Grey Eye.” From its resemblance to an eye. Area 81 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Súil an Ghleanna – “Glen’s Eye.”

GLENLICKY: Gleann Luice – “Lickey Glen.” Area 309 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) An Luice, The River Lickey. Bealach I dTúir – “The Original Bridle Path.”

GORTEEN: Goirtín – “Little Garden.” Area 242 acres.

GOWLAN: Gabhlán – “Little River Fork.” Area 74 acres.

GRALLAGH: Greallach – “Miry Place.” Area 189 acres.

HACKETSTOWN: Baile Mhic Caodaigh. Idem. There is site of an ancient castle. Area 193 acres. “Hacketstowne” (A.S.E.). An Tóchar – “The Causeway.”

KIELY’S CROSS: Crossaire Chadhla.

KILCOLMAN: Cill Cholmáin – “Colman’s Church.” It was St. Colman, a bishop, reputed titular, of this church, who baptised St. Declan. The site of the early church is indicated by a small mound and an ancient white-thorn tree (Crann Cholmáin – “St. Colman’s Tree.”). Area 325 acres. See Waterford Archaeological Journal, Vol. I. p. 198; also Dungarvan Journal, No. I.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Tobar Cholmáin – “Colman’s Well”; now drained away. Beside this, till quite recently, was preserved the “stone chalice” of the Saint.
(b) Cloicheartach – “Stony Place”; name of a field.
(c) Garraí an Reachtaire – “The Steward’s Garden.”
(d) Cuid an Rábaire – “Portion of the Strong Rough Man.”
(e) Coinigéar – “Rabbit Warren.”

KILKNOCKAN: Cill an Chnocáin – “Church of the Little Hill”; site of the early church was discovered in a field sometimes called Páirc na Cille. Area 201 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Corr’ Uisce Fhinn – “Round Hill of the Clear (White) Water.”

KNOCKANROE: Cnocán Rua – “Little Red Hill.” Area 20 acres.

KNOCKATOOR: Cnoc an Tuair – “Hill of the Cattle Field.” Area 255 acres.

KNOCKNAFREENY: Cnocán Fréiní – “Franey’s Hillock.” Area 80 acres.

KNOCKNACAPPUL: Cnoc na gCapall – “Hill of the Horses.” Area 191 acres.

KNOCKNAGLOGH: Cnoc na gCloch – “Hill of the Stones.” Area (in two divisions) 935 acres.

KNOCKNAHOOLA: Cnoc na hUaille – “Hill of the Howling.” (O’D.). Area 275 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) St. Michael’s Well (Ordnance Map). This is not known locally as a Holy Well.

KNOCKNAMONA: Cnoc na Móna – “Hill of the Bog.” Area 354 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Garraithe Glasa – “Green Gardens.”
(b) Cnocán na mBuachaillí – “Little Hill of the Boys.”
(c) Fear Bréige – “False Man”; a pillar stone.

LACKAMORE: Leaca Mhór – “Great Glen Slope.” Area 83 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Tobar an Chaipín – “Well of the Little Cap.”; the cap in question is a hood of masonwork overshadowing the spring.
(b) Cnoc Roibín – “Robin’s Hill.”

LACKENAGREANY: Leacan na Gréine – “Sunny Glen Slope.” Area 279 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Cloch an Dalláin – “Pillar Stone.” This is a remarkable pillar standing on the mountain a few perches to south of a stream which forms the north boundary of the townland.

LAGNAGOUSHEE: Lag na gCáitheadh Sí – “Hollow of the Winnowings of the (sudden) Wind-Blast.” Area 732 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Fear Bréige – “Simulated man”; a pillar stone.
(b) LICKEYBEG, An Luice Bheag – “The Small Lickey (Stream).”

LISKEILTY: Lios Caoilte – “Caoilte’s (or Keilty’s) Lios.” Area 65 Acres.

LISAROW: Lios an Rogha – “Lios of the Choice”; or Lios an Rabhaidh – “L. of the Signal.” Area 127 acres. “Baile Uí Chuinn na gcrann ‘S Lios a’ Rabhaidh ar a Cheann” (Old Rhyme).
Sub denominations ( S.D.):
(a) Gleann na Feadaíle – “Glen of the Whistling.”

LOSKERAN: Loiscreán – “Scorched (Land).” Area 369 acres. “Loscarane” (Down Survey).
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Cill Dhonnchadha – “Donnchadh’s Church”; site of an early church, close to which stands a massive pillar stone.

LYRE: Ladhair – “River Fork.” Area 237 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Móin an Ghabhláin – “Bog of the River Fork.”

MOANBRACK: Móin Bhreac – “Speckled Bog.” Area 140 acres.

MOANFUNE: Móin Fionn – “White Bog.” Area 134 acres. Móin na Caillí – “The Bog of the Hag.”

MONAGILLEENY: Apparently – Móin na gCillíní – Meaning uncertain. O’Donovan renders it: “Bog of the Little Churches.” Liam O’Meehan says the Irish form is Móin na nGaibhlíní, “Bog of the Little River Forks.” Area 163 acres.

MONAGOUSH: Móin an Ghiúis – “Bog of the Fir.” Area 270 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Mine Head (O.M.) Mian Ard – “High Mine” so called from lead and silvermines worked here by the Earl of Cork. On Mine Head is one of the chief lighthouses on the Southern Irish Coast. The Irish form is Mion Ard.

MONALUMMERY: Móin an Lomraidh – “Bog of the Fleece (of Moss?).” Area 237 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Carn an Dreoilín – “The Wren’s Cairn,” on which stands the next.
(b) Dubhán – “Little Black (Thing)”; a pillar stone.

MONAMEEAN: Móin na Mian – “Bog of the Mines.” Iron ore was quarried there in the 17th century. Area 476 acres.

MONAMRAHER: Móin na mBráthar – “Bog of the Friars”; perhaps the Brethren had turbary rights there. Area 183 acres. See Waterford Archeological Journal, Vol. IX., p.143.

MONANEEA: Móin an Fhia – “Bog of the Deer.” Area 171 acres.

MONEA: Móin Aodha – “Aodh’s Bog.” Area 402 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Bóithrín Phiarais – “Pierce’s Little Road.”
(b) Páirc an Ultaigh – “Field of the Fortune Teller (Ulsterman).”
(c) Páirc an Bhráca – “Field of the Wattle Hut.”
(d) Cathedral, Round Tower and Primitive Oratory (O.M.).
(e) Páirc na nGampairí – “Field of the Grampuses.” The grampus is a species of dolphin sometimes found along the Irish coasts.
(f) Cloch an Datha – “Stone of the Dye.” This is a dressed block of limestone (4’ 6” X 2” 37”), quadrangular based, and a truncated pyramid in shape, which lies at present before the hall door of Monea House. It is apparently the plinth of an ancient cross. The hole for reception of the shaft came in a less reverent age to be used as a dye bath, hence the modern name.

MOYNG: Muing – “Morass.” Area (in two divisions) 513 acres.

: a modern name; An Tuar. See “Tour” below. Area 196 acres.

MWEELING: Maoilinn – “Hill Summit.” Area 1 17 acres.

NEWTOWN: Baile Nua. Idem. Ladhar Bhán (“White River-Fork”) appears to have been the original name. Area 233 acres. “Newtowne als Liarbane” (Forfeited Estates and Interests, 1688).
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Tobar Riobáird – “Robert’s Well.”
(b) Bóthar Buí – “Yellow Road.” It is not quite certain whether this sub-denomination belongs to the present or to the adjoining townland.

PRAP: An Phraip – “The Cluster of (Houses or Brushwood).” O’D. renders it as “Mud.” Area 162 acres.

PULLA: Polladh – “Excavation” or “Boring.” Iron ore was formerly mined here by the Stuarts of Dromana, a little over 100 years ago. Area 270 acres.

RATHLEAD: Ráth Liad – “Liad’s Rath.” Area 278 acres. “Rathclead.” (Distr. Bk.). “Rathleade” (A.S.E.).

RATHNAMENEENAGH: Ráth na mBiríneach now corrupted to Miníneach – “Rath of the Coarse Grass (or Sedge).” Portion of the townland belongs to Ringagonagh Parish. Area 364 acres.

REAMANAGH: Ré Mheánach – “Middle Mountain-Plain.” Area (in two divisions) 680 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Móin an Ghabhair – “The Goat’s Bog.”
(b) Móin an Chrainn – “Bog of the Tree.”

REANABOOLA: Ré na Buaile – “Mountain-Flat of the Milking Place.” Area 255 acres.

REANACLOGHEEN: Ré na gCloichín – “Mountain-Plain of the Small Stones.” The townland is perhaps better known as Carn na gConaill. (“Cairn of the Connells”). Area 224 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Móin an Uisce – “Water Bog.”
(b) Páirc na Foidhreach – “Field of the Water-hollowed Trench.” In this field is a laneway along bottom of the natural trench aforesaid.

REANAGULLEE: Ré na gCoillí – “Mountain-Plain of the Grouse”; thus O’Donovan – perhaps however it would be safer to class the name as of doubtful meaning. Ré na Giollaí according to the old natives. Area 305 acres.

REANASKEHA: Ré na Sceiche – “Mountain-Plain of the Whitethorn Bush.” Area 203 acres.

REANAVIDOGE: Ré na bhFeadóg – “Mountain-Plain of the Plover.” Area 196 acres.

RODEEN: Róidín – “Little Road.” This small townland is detached and forms a kind of island within Grange parish. Area 40 acres.
Sub Denominations (S.D):
(a) Cill – Early Church or Graveyard site, on side of slope above the main Dungarvan-Youghal road and bounded on the north by a laneway. Soldiers who fell in a skirmish are said to have been buried here. The slope itself is:
(b) Leacan – “Glen Slope.”

RUSHEENS: Ruisíní – “Little Woods.” Area 114 acres. Faiche na Ruisíní – “Rusheens Hurling Green.”

SCORDAUN: Scárdán – “Small Cataract.” Area 127 acres.

SCRAHANA: Screathanna – “Light-soiled Fields.” Area 285 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Áth na Móna – “The Bog Ford.”

TOOR: Tuar – “Cattle Field.” This place was styled – T. na Bó Báinne to distinguish it from other Toors. Area (in two divisions) 1015 acres.
Sub denominations (S.D.):
(a) Móin na gCaor – “Bog of the Berries.” In the history of Round Towers the story of the present tower claims a place apart. The Ardmore tower stood a siege in August, 1642, on which occasion ordnance was actually brought into use against it. See Waterford Archaeological Journal, Vol. IV., pp. 56. A writer of the Vallancey School translates the name –“Stone of the Daghdha (Tuatha De Danaan King).” See Kilkenry Archaeological Journal, 1856. pp.43 for further outré views and theories concerning Ardmore antiquities, the reader is referred to that extraordinary book, Marcus Keane’s “Towers and Temples of Ancient Ireland,” pp. 161, 454, and passim.
(b) Macha na Bó Báine – “Milking Yard of the White Cow.”
(c) Tobar na Bó Báine – “Well of the White Cow.”
(d) Droichead an Tuair – “Toor Bridge.”

Primarily extracted from details in a publication The Placenames of the Decies written by Rev. Canon Power in 1907 and later modified by Alfred O’ Rahilly of UCC in 1952.

Adventure Awaits You In Ardmore, County Waterford

Adventure Awaits You In Ardmore, County Waterford

Start an adventure you’ll never want to end.

A journey of discovery where there are surprises around every corner.

And, where you’ll definitely find yourself doing things that you never imagined possible.

Yes, you heard us correctly, we’re talking about coming to the coast of Ardmore in County Waterford and literally jumping into the sea.

Experience one of the wildest, most enchanting and culturally rich coastal villages in the world from a completely different perspective.

When you come to Ardmore you’ll travel along the Ireland’s Ancient East and you’ll find magic, adventure, history and beauty everywhere you’ll look.

And, we want to tell you about different type of adventure available that will last you a lifetime.

Coasteering - Well
Coasteering - The Ramp
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We want you to start exploring Ardmore from a whole new viewpoint.

Coasteering involves swimming, clambering & climbing along tidal rocky coastlines.

Discover sea-caves. Experience the movement of the swell & see what wildlife you can spot as you jump from sea-cliffs!

Let Ardmore Adventures guide you along this wonderful adventure. They are located next to the beach in the stunning and picturesque Ardmore bay in Waterford – 083 3743889.

Why Not Stay A While

Experience the untamed West Waterford Coast.

There are lots of welcoming Pubs and Hotels to choose from in Ardmore, where you can sample a proper pint of Guinness or any other drink that takes your fancy.

There are also plenty of places to enjoy some tasty local produce on your travels along this part of the Ireland’s Ancient East. Try Whitehorses Restaurant, Shipmates or Breda O Briens wonderful gallery in the heart of village of Ardmore. The well known Round Tower Hotel or Cliff House Hotel also are known for their wonderful dishes.

If you stop by on the last Friday of the month, why not drop into the Round Tower Hotel to mingle with the locals to enjoy a live session with musicians from all over the county and beyond.

We hope that our wonderful Hotels and wide array of Bed and Breakfasts will tempt you to stay for a while longer in our amazing village.

This Year You’ll Fall In Love With Ardmore, Waterford (Again)

This Year You’ll Fall In Love With Ardmore, Waterford (Again)

Sleeply lanes and idyllic walks define Ardmore, Waterford. You’ll find thatched cottages, twisting streets, artistic treats and culinary delights. And, you’ll soon start to wonder why on earth you haven’t come here sooner.

As you breeze down Main Street and romance a while into the wonderful Brigid Shelley Gallery, you’ll start to fall in love with her Cow portraits for which she is widely known.

A short stroll across the street will land you in Breda O’ Brien’s Gallery. Her wide and ever changing range of paintings will entice any visitor to stay longer. Her cafe is a nugget in the village. So do stop for a cappuccino, or even two. And, don’t miss her homemade scones or mouth-watering coffee cake.

Ardmore Head

But do keep some room for an ice-cream at Beachcomers. It’s just down the street towrads the storm wall. And, for families you’ll also get everything there for an adventure with the kids on the strand or to pop into to the wonderful Farmers Market held every Sunday in the Summer.

For those hungry for more artistic endeavours, then turn towards the cliff and experience a blissful peace while entering Ardmore Pottery and Gallery. Established by Mary Lincoln in 1983, it’s firmly on the map for any visitor to Ardmore on Ireland’s Ancient East Trail.

For an extra boost of creativity, just ramble up a few doors up and enter The Anchor Art and Design Boutique. This stocks an eclectic mix of tasteful Irish accessories, cashmere scarves and bags, alongside original artwork by local painters.

Still not satisfied, then you just have to travel to the new line and step into the artistic world of Judy Shinnick. Judy is an award winning classically trained artist living and working in Ardmore. She also spends her time in Dubai – so is a true International artist. Her latest portraits have really captured the hearts and souls of so many here in Ardmore. Judy also teaches watercolour, oil and mixed media workshops.

After all this exploration, you’ll defintely have to while away some time over lunch in any one of the eatery’s in Ardmore. These include Waterhorses, The Cliff House Hotel, The Round Tower Hotel, Ardmore Gallery and Tearoom, or Shipmates. Each menu caters for whatever you desire.

And, then to end the day why not take a stroll on the Cliff Walk.

This walk harnesses tranquility in a way that few can really describe properly.

And, perhaps and even without planning it, you’ll soon find that you’ll be head over heels in love with Ardmore. And, that this small little seaside village will be forever imprinted in your heart and mind.

There’s magic here, come and fall in love.

Location, Location, Location – The Cliff Walk

Location, Location, Location – The Cliff Walk

Ardmore Cliff Walk

This is a unique 4km walk with beautiful sea scapes. Breathtaking views. Legends. Wildlife. Battle sites. And don’t forget, it’s simply smothered in Irish Heritage.

It should take you around an hour to complete. Look out for the yellow arrow on brown background waymakers to led the way.

From the vilage, head up past the Cliff House Hotel to go around Ardmore Head and Ram Head. This walk brings you on cliff-top paths and the laneways of the Early Christian St Declan’s Well. On the 24th July each year, the well is a place of pilgrimage for 100’s of years. Look out for the crosses hand-scored into the stones of the building. And, if your in Ardmore in July make sure you try to get to the the pattern festival.

Continue towards the Ardmore Head and soak up the simply amazing views.

On your right you will see the coastguard station. It was the second coast guard station in Ardmore, the first one at the Ardmore end of the strand became a victim of coastal erosion. It was contunually manned until the Civil War in 1922 and was abandoned in 1921. It was taken over by the republicans on independence and subsequently burnt down. The old Coast Guard Station is now a private residence.

You will then pass a shipwreck known as Sampson. It was wrecked here on a stormy night in 1988.

Two lookout posts are then visible. One from circa 1867. It was built during the Napoleonic wars as an early warning system if the French tried to invade Ireland. And, the second was used for observation during World War II.

Cliff Walk

You’ll then move on to Father O’Donnell’s Well. The walk is covered with a variety of flora, fauna and birdlife and some of the best stunning coastal scenery you’ll see along Ireland’s Ancient East.

As you continue down towards the village, you’ll also get to see a 12th Century Cathedral and Ardmore’s Round Tower which is one of the best preserved towers in Ireland. This Round Tower is also the first known Round Tower in Ireland on which occasion ordnance was actually brought into use against it. It stood a siege in August, 1642. Two ogham stones are kept in the old cathedral – one of which constitutes the longest known ogham inscription in Ireland.

We embed a link to the Tracks and Trails broadcast in June 2013 on RTE ONE that showcases this lovely walk.

A special thank you to the Irish Trails Office for letting us include this link with more details on this walk.

The Irish Trails Office also offer a handy map here.

Map of Ardmore

Getting Here

Getting Here

From Dublin
Follow the M50 to the M7/N7 exit. Then take the M9 towards Waterford. Bypass Waterford City through the Toll Bridge, taking the N25 towards Dungarvan/ Cork. Bypass Dungarvan and exactly 10km later turn left on to the R673 for 9km to Ardmore. Driving time is around two hours and 40 minutes.

From Cork
Follow the N25 signposted Waterford. Turn right onto the R673 signposted Ardmore. Driving time, 50 minutes.

Ardmore is also served on a daily basis by Bus Éireann route 260 which links it to Cork city.

From Waterford
Follow the N25 via Dungarvan, signposted Cork. Turn left onto the R673. Driving time, 50 minutes.

From Shannon
Head east from the airport on the N19. Then the N18 towards Limerick, followed by the N20 towards Cork. Pass through Kilmallock, Fermoy and Mallow and drive to Youghal. Then exit on to the N25 heading towards Waterford. Then take the R673 to Ardmore. Driving time is around 2 hours and 20 minutes.

From Rosslare Car Ferry
Follow the N25 heading towards Cork. Stay on this road until the R673 signposted for Ardmore. Driving time is around two hours.

Suitably Silent – St Paul’s Church, Ardmore, Waterford.

Suitably Silent – St Paul’s Church, Ardmore, Waterford.

St Pauls Church Ardmore County Waterford

Wondering what to do with your time in Ardmore, Waterford? Well, wonder no more.

There’s always something new to discover.

The pretty coastal town of Ardmore in Waterford is inextricably linked to a rich ecclesiastical heritage.

With your sights set, a walk through the sleepy streets of Ardmore you’ll be following in the footsteps of many a visitor that has marvelled of the beauty of Ardmore. The village echoes with these memories.

Nestled in the trees on the corner of Rocky Road and Parson’s Hill is St Paul’s Church.

And, if you stand in the grounds of St Paul’s you’ll think of all those that may have also been impressed by its silent beauty.

The current church was built in 1838 and was dedicated on 15th September 1841. It has continued as an independent parish up until 1948. It was formerly part of the diocese of Lismore and was transferred into the care of the diocese of Cloyne. And, part of the Youghal Union of Parishes.

It is a place of worship during the summer months and is the setting for some wonderful services like the Harvest Festival and a candlelit carol service in December.

Rectors have included:

John Bourke Wallace, Rector of Ardmore 1829 – 1871

Canon Thomas Robert Rothwell, Rector of Ardmore 1871 – 1914

William Henry Rennison, Rector of Ardmore 1914 – 1921

Rev. Albert Armstrong Burd, Rector of Ardmore 1922 – 1925

Rev. John Warren, Rector of Ardmore and Templemichael 1925 – 1948