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Fermoy Town Walk

6.7 mile trail near Fermoy, Ireland
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 6.6 miles
Duration: Unknown

Overview :  Begin your walk from the quay outside the Grand Hotel.

Proceeding up-river (away from the bridge), you will pass the Fermoy Youth... more »

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Points of Interest

Fermoy is a small town with a population of nearly 6,500 people. It is situated in the very heart of the lush Blackwater Valley, and is where the main Cork-Dublin and Rosslare-Killarney routes cross. It is an attractive base from which to explore the history and amenities of the Avondhu Blackwater area, and is world-renowned as an excellent spot... More

2. The Weir

The Fermoy weir adds a picturesque beauty to the town. Spanning almost the width of the river, it passes under the bridge, diverting water from the Blackwater into the millrace that fed the old mill.

Midway along its length (on the west side of the bridge) you will note a salmon leap. If you are in Fermoy in September, and if you are lucky, you ... More

3. Fermoy Youth Centre

The Youth Centre contains a cinema, although it has not been used in some time.

Predominantly, now, the Youth Centre is an exercise centre, featuring two full-sized handball courts, racquetball and squash courts, and a billiard room.

The theatre here is home to the Fermoy Choral Society and has hosted many drama productions - including plays... More

4. Fermoy Rowing Club

The Fermoy Rowing Club has been operating since 1884. Training takes place on the beautiful three-mile stretch from the weir to Castlehyde House. Every summer, the Rowing Club hosts a regatta, competing against the best teams from across Ireland. It is always a high point on the town's calendar.

Fermoy Rowing Club trains champions. One of the... More

5. Fermoy Resource Centre

The building that houses the Fermoy Resource Centre used to be the town's police station. It is now a centre for numerous community resources, including a thrift shop and a senior citizens' day centre.

6. The Range

As you proceed up the hill, you will pass the 'Range' on your right. This name comes from the shooting range that existed on the site behind the houses.

The most notable feature of the Range is that the footpath is higher than the street. The road was lowered during famine times to provide famine relief work. This is true of many of the roads and... More

7. St Patrick's Catholic Church

St Patrick's in Fermoy dates in part to the early 1800s. Later additions and renovations were made in 1843 and 1867, giving the church its current appearance.

8. The Old Wesleyan Church

Aside from its obvious architectural beauty, the former Wesleyan Church is notable as the site of an attack on British soldiers during the early days of the Irish War of Independence.

On 7 September, 1919, locals opened fire on a gathering of armed soldiers outside the church. The locals were later arrested and detained without trial at Cork... More

9. Fermoy Court House

Built circa 1805 by John Anderson and Archibald Grubb, the Fermoy Court House is a fine example of classical architecture. Its restrained simplicity lends it an air of authority. It is the seat of the district court.

The modern addition to the rear of the Court House opened in 2007 and houses civic offices.

10. Fermoy Hospital

The Hospital complex here dates to 1867. It used to provide maternity and surgical services. Now it is a hospital for the elderly.

11. The Viaduct

This part of the river is pleasant and tranquil, and affords a stunning view of Carrickabrick Bridge - better known as the Fermoy Viaduct - which carried the railway from Rosslare to Fermoy.

12. Fermoy GAA Club

There was a British military presence in Fermoy from the early 19th century until Irish Independence in 1922. During that time, the town's military barracks straddled Barrack's Hill on the north side of the town. On the site of the former barracks' square, you will now find the town's GAA grounds.

Entering through the ornamental gate, note the... More

13. Fitzgerald Camp

Fitzgerald Camp, known locally as the Aerodrome, closed in 1998. Commandant James Fitzmaurice, a member of the first team to cross the Atlantic from east to west, served here in the air corps.

14. Christ Church

The site for this beautiful, 19th-century Protestant church was donated by the local Baylor family.

From its vantage point, one has glorious views of the town park, and of the (surprisingly) imposing Fermoy skyline on the opposite ridge.

The road to your right [N72] leads to Castlehyde and Grange Stud Farms. These are among the most famous... More