The Poetry Of Fishermen Pulling In Their Nets

The Poetry Of Fishermen Pulling In Their Nets

Transport yourself to a time when fishing shaped the lives of the people of Ardmore.

A time of comradery, hard work, and even beauty.

Compare life nowadays to the more simpler existences of fishermen.

Experience how it felt when they cast their nets for spratts in Ardmore. Enjoy the fruits of this description of fishing in Ardmore Waterford circa 1845 and how it conjures up an image of fisherman working hard on the seas.

“Look over the sea; the boats are out fishing. How pretty those look on the horizon whose white sails have caught the sun! There go others rowing out, with their nets heaped up in the stern. Read more



Ardmore is a seaside village in County Waterford.

It is located 40 miles between both Cork and Waterford and Clonmel. And, it forms part of Ireland’s Ancient East Trail.

Ardmore’s name comes from the Irish Aird Mhór, meaning “Great Height”. Another translation of Ardmore is High Sheep Island. It has a resident population of around 330 but this increases during the summer months. It is the oldest Christian settlement in Ireland and was founded by Saint Declan around 350–450 AD.

Ardmore has so many activities to offer visitors coming to the sunny South-East. It’s cliffs, harbour, village, and beaches have been established by Saints, besieged by an army, visited by the titans of the sea, and has welcomed visitors into their homes.

Ardmore is wonderfully positioned to offer a visitor access to:

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

Don’t miss the following 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

You’ll be spoilt waith choice of accomodation when you come and stay in Ardmore.

From the Michelin starred Cliff House Hotel to the wonderful family run Round Tower Hotel located in the heart of the beautiful village of Ardmore, 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.

About The Ardmore Grange Heritage Group
The Ardmore Grange Heritage Group was formed by a group of volunteers – John Tierney, Lisa Dolan, Michael O’ Reilly, Alan Peacock, Des Fitzgerald, Jeremy Ward, Glynn Moloney, Amanda Hosford, Billy Revins and Anne Halley. The group started with the idea of preserving and protecting the heritage of Ardmore and Grange. In the last few years, the membership of the group has changed but the central aim of the group remains the same.

This site has recently changed to include much more information that would be useful to a visitor to Ardmore and Grange in Waterford.

This is largely in response to the promotion and recognition of our area as part of Ireland’s Ancient East.

We must also state that this site initially evolved from the passion that the late John Keever had for everything to do with Ardmore in County Waterford.

It emerged from a conversation between John Keevers and Des Fitzgerald over a game of 45 in Keever’s Bar.  What began with the old saying “wouldn’t it be nice” soon turned into an attempt to perserve the collected heritage of Ardmore through pictures. It was John Keevers dedication that has formed the basis for much of this site.

Wherever possible we have tried to recognise the owners/participants within the photographs. If we have missed something/someone please let us know and we will try to rectify this as soon as possible. As a strictly non-commercial site please remember that the copyright reside with the original owners. This site is purely a way of preserving the heritage of Ardmore-Grange in a digital space. It also, at the same time, allows others to access and enjoy these pictures and records.

We would like to extend a special recognition to John King for use of some of his beautiful pictures of Ardmore that have been used on this site. These images and all those located are @AGHG and/or Respective Owners.

Finally we hope that you enjoy the site and do let us know what you think –


Kay Fitzgerald