A Living Heritage

A Living Heritage - Ardmore County Waterford

Heritage is all about people.

Of course, we have to protect buildings and preserve sites. But, we also need to ensure that our heritage is kept alive.

Living in the hearts and minds of us all.

This makes heritage meaningful. And, engaging to us as a community.

On this site, we’ve been seeing how the little things really do matter.

We’ve also heard how this detail can be intangible. It can even just boil down to how we feel about connections.

Think of the passion of John Keevers that inspired so many others to start protecting a heritage.

How John Kennedy fondly remembers how his family used to save kerosene to power the Harvest. And, explaining the delight of being a child and seeing the Harvester come down the road from Kiely’s Cross. We saw it when James McCarthy passionately remembered a big snow fall in 1947 that totally covered Ardmore.

It exists in the way the Burke Sisters carefully hold a medal and hat that proudly connects them to a past generation. He had gone to meet the King of England as one of the heroes of the Teaser. Such a massive event over a 100 years ago.

It’s seeing Ed Mooney with a definite smile when recounting the formation of the Drama Group. And, how they went on to be National Winners. It’s the feeling you get when you spend time on the Cliff Walk.

It’s the feeling our migrating residents get each summer as they turn into Ardmore, and think “this is what its all about”.

And, then there is how a little girl hiding in a box witnessed a brutal murder. This lead to two local brothers being put to death. The passion Paula King displayed when talking about the seashells around Ardmore. Tommy Mooney talking about the lookout or indeed anything else in Ardmore.

We also heard how Maureen Moore Tarbox shared how she traveled the departure route of Ellen Power. Her grandmother had gone by foot or farmer’s cart, from their cottage to Ferry Point to catch the ferry to Youghal, the train to Cobh, and the boat to America. “She had to … She was the oldest and had to go”.

It’s in the sad passing of the fishing industry of Ardmore.

We’ve all also seen how a siege in Ardmore saw over a 100 being hanged on a single day in Ardmore. How the lone camera work of Dr. Murphy in a crowd on a single night inspired memories for countless generations. And, how the pictures of the Powers and Troys remembered times gone by.

All these, and so much more, bring our heritage to life.

It makes it real.

And, it what we can safeguard for future generations.

Explore The Living Heritage In Ardmore

Ardmore really does have 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 welcomed visitors into our homes. Few coasts have seen as much activity as that along the South East of Ireland.

We use four categories of fishing, people, heritage and shipwrecks to guide your journey through the living heritage we present of Ardmore.

Ardmore 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.

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:

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, unspoiled 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 http://www.blackwatercruises.com

Jim Lane Tours 087-4168453

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 http://ardmoreopenfarm.ie

Perks Funfair 087-6679971


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. www.ardmoregalleryandtearoom.ie 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.

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: waids@eircom.net

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 watercolor, oil, and mixed media workshops. www.judyshinnick.com

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 on this website. 087-2676152 www.brigidshelly.ie

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 brendaharrisireland@gmail.com www.facebook.com/BrendaHarrisArtBox

Michael O’Brien’s Shop, Grange

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

Bars & Food

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

Flemings Bar, Grange

Kiely’s Bar, Kiely’s Cross

Tidytowns http://www.ardmoretidytowns.com

Ardmore Pattern Festival www.ardmorepatternfestival.ie

Molly Keane’s Writers Retreat 086-4071811 mollykeanewritersretreats.com

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

Mari Mina Pharmacy, Main Street 
Ardmore Tel: 024 94898

Where To Stay
You’ll be spoilt for choice 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 accommodation and guesthouses to suit any visitor.

We are pleased to provide you with key contacts that are sure to cater to 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 of 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 2015/2016 and will re-open in March 2016.

The Hotel has a dining/breakfast room, a small function room, a traditional Irish bar, and a residents lounge. Fresh local produce features prominently on both the bar and restaurant menus. Bar food is available during the summer season from 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 http://www.roundtowerhotel.ie

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 http://www.thecliffhousehotel.com

Duncrone Bed & Breakfast
This bed and breakfast has breathtaking views will make your stay fondly remembered. This charming house in its 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 who stays there. Tel +353 (0)24 94860 www.duncronebandb.com

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

Newton Farm Guesthouse, Grange, County Waterford.
Newtown Farm Country House is run by Maurice and Teresa and they have been 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 been farmed by 4 generations of the O’Connor family for the past 150 years. Tel +353 24 94143 farm@newtownfarm.com

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 www.summerhillfm.ie

Ardmore Bed & Breakfast
Opened for 2013 and located in Lissarow, three miles from the village. www.ardmorebedandbreakfast.ie
Tel: 00353 (0)24 87693 info@ardmorebedandbreakfast.ie

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

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

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  1. Hi ,i had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful Ardmore village last Saturday and was so taking back with the beauty of the area I would love to go and spend a few days there as soon as i could so I was wondering would you be able to give me a contact name and phone number of someone who I could rent a mobile home from ..?

    Yours faithfully
    Bernadette Claffey

  2. Stayed there with The Powers o er 40 years ago…. spent a great deal of time at their farm and in the village. We were there for the harvest; I took home holy water from St Declan’s Well.. would love to go back!

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