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Dungarvan Map and Tourist Information
King John’s Castle, Dungarvan
King John’s Castle is an Anglo-Norman fortification founded in 1185. It was built in a very strategic location at the mouth of the River Colligan. From here ships could be anchored, and soldiers could command the narrow strip of land to the south of the Comeragh Mountains, which linked East to West Waterford. It is one of the few royal castles built in Ireland in the 1200s. During the Irish Civil War, the barracks were taken by the IRA forces who set fire to it before leaving in August 1922. With the foundation of the Garda Siochana in 1922, the building was restored and used as the local Garda station until 1987. It fell into disrepair, but today it has been restored and is managed by the Office of Public Works who provide guided tours, an audio-visual show and exhibitions during the summer months. Opening Hours: 10am-6pm Daily (June to September). Admission is by Guided Tour, last admission 45mins before closing.
Augustinian Abbeyside Church & Abbey - In Abbeyside, the town's eastern suburb, are well preserved ruins of the Augustinian Priory founded
in the 13th century. The sixty foot high square tower, resting on groined arches, was adapted as a belfry for the adjoining Catholic Church. A tomb beneath the east window of the Priory bears the inscription "Donald McGrath 1490".
Waterford County Museum
Old Town Hall, St Augustine Street, Dungarvan. Tel: 058 45960. The museum is dedicated to preserving the history of Dungarvan and West Waterford. It features key events and how they impacted on the area looking at the Famine, Genealogy, Maritime History and more.
See: www.waterfordcountymuseum.org for further information. Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10am - 4.45pm (year round). Open Saturday 1pm - 5pm (June to September only).
The Old Market House Arts Centre - Dungarvan, County Waterford. Tel: 058 48944. This building started life in 1641 and was originally a butter market. In 1984 the building was restored and for many years housed the town library and museum. Since 2000 when it was
extensively refurbished, it has been home to wonderful exhibition galleries and the Old Market Film Club.
The Lookout and Bandstand
By the 1870s Dungarvan had become a popular destination for seaside holidays. Situated nearby were Stokes Baths, which filled with salt water at high tide; it was here that visitors to Dungarvan spent their time. In an attempt to develop the appeal of Dungarvan as a seaside location, the esplanade was built towards the end of the 1800s. This became known locally as 'the lookout'. In 1895 the park was developed near the lookout and shortly after its opening the bandstand was erected.
Slateways & Reflections Crystal
O'Connell Street, Dungarvan. Tel: 058 48490. An old tradition going back hundreds of years is carried on at Slateways & Reflections Crystal. The Craftsman cuts out a fine and flowing pattern to produce a wide range of stemware and giftware suitable for all occasions
BEYOND THE TOWN CENTRE
If you have a little time to discover the surrounding areas there are some wonderful scenic drives.Beaches - Walk to nearby Abbeyside Beach or visit one of the many varied beaches along the Waterford Coast. Nearby, Clonea Beach 4km outside town and Bunmahon on the Copper Coast and Councillors Strand, Dunmore East all enjoy Blue Flag status - the ultimate accolade for beaches
Golf Courses - A list of golf courses is available at the local tourist office. For all your golfing needs call to Deise Golf World, clubs, clothing, balls etc. T. 058 24162 or mobile 087 6668101 (see advertising panel for more information)
The Copper Coast - The Copper Coast Geopark. Tel 051 292828. The road between Tramore and Dungarvan and its six picturesque villages meanders through a rugged coastline with a string of little coves, caves, harbours. Follow the self guided walk, cycle or drive with the aid of interpretative panels. Guided walks are organised throughout the Summer as well other family events.
The Gaeltacht Region - Located approximately 9km from Dungarvan on the N25 (Cork Road). Experience the unique culture of the small coastal Gaeltacht area of An Rinn (Ring) and An Sean Phobal (Old Parish). The area offers a unique blend of Irish language, music, arts, crafts and breathtaking scenery.
Ardmore - 15 minute drive towards Cork off the N25. Ardmore, a historic seaside village, is not only a deservedly popular seaside resort, but also the site of a 7th century monastic settlement founded by St. Declan. It has an excellent range of eating places and a wide range of holiday accommodation. Visit Ardmore Pottery Tel: 024 94152 located high over scenic Ardmore bay and see the potters at work in a gallery displaying exclusively Irish Craft Workers produce or enjoy the cliff walk with its stunning views.
Lismore Heritage Town - Situated 30 minutes from Dungarvan on the N72, Lismore Heritage Town is one of the most historic towns in Co. Waterford. Birthplace of Robert Boyle the celebrated Scientist whose name lives in ‘Boyle’s Law’, visit the new Robert Boyle Science Room at Lismore Heritage Centre (Tel: 058 54975). The award winning centre also includes recently refurbished exhibition galleries, an entertaining audio visual presentation narrated by Niall Toilin and Tourist Information Office. Open year round: Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm May to
October: Saturday 10am to 5.30pm, Sunday 12pm to 5.30pm.
Lismore Castle, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh, is now the Irish residence of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. You can walk through its enchanting gardens and wander in the footsteps of such poets as Spencer, Thackeray, Betjeman or even the dancing feet of Fred Astaire. The gardens are set in seven acres within the 17th century outer defensive walls and have spectacular views of the castle and the surrounding countryside. Lismore Castle Gardens now have an interesting collection of contemporary sculpture including two pieces by Eilis O’Connell and a sculpture by Anthony Gormley who produced ‘Angle of the North at Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. Open: Monday to Sunday. March 17th to 30th September from 11am to 4.45pm. Admission charges apply. Take a stroll through this historic town, Ireland’s Tidiest Town 2005, an experience its unique charm first-hand.
For sea angling and diving charter, harbour and scenic trips, contact John at 058 41327. For Blackwater Cruises, leaving Youghal jetty, sailing past Rhincrew, Templemichael Castle, Ballintray House and the ancient monastic settlement of Molana Abbey founded in 501, Contact Tony at 087 9889076.
Dungarvan Bay Charter Boats
Tel: 087 6599634 dungarvanbaycharterboats.com
Dungarvan Hill Walking Club - Walk for fitness, friendship and fun in beautiful surrounds. For information on walks, visit www.dungarvanhillwalking.org or visit the local tourist office.
Mount Congreve, Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford. T. 051 384115 www.mountcongreve.com - A “must see” for garden enthusiasts and a beautiful place to relax and unwind for anyone wishing to get back to nature a little. 70 acres of stunning woodland gardens with a 4 acre walled garden. Seasonal vegetables grown in the walled garden are available to purchase. a5 per person entry, Children under 12 free, No Dogs allowed (except guide dogs). Wheelchair and pram friendly path through the main points of the garden, all other paths are part of a woodland garden, appropriate footwear is advised. Open Thursday to Sunday and Bank Holidays, 11a.m to 5.30pm, last entry 4.30pm. Café open for sit down or take away. Garden Shop selling plants propagated from the garden.