Fermoy Town Walking Tour

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Fermoy Town Walking Tour is a 6.6 mile loop trail located near Fermoy, Cork, Ireland and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and is accessible year-round.

6.6 miles
951 feet

kid friendly


  • Fermoy Town
    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 for salmon fishing. The town has its roots in two main traditions - religion and the military. A Cistercian Abbey was founded in 1170 and the town grew up around it. Following the dissolution of the monasteries during the Tudor period, the Abbey and its lands passed through the hands of some eminent men: Sir Richard Grenville, Lismore scientist Robert Boyle (discoverer of 'Boyle's Law'), William Forward and, finally, John Anderson. John Anderson, a Scottish engineer, came into possession of the land in 1791. He was an entrepreneur who had developed much of the Irish road network and instigated its mail coach system. He designed and founded Fermoy, and the street layout remains much the same today as when originally built. In the early 19th century, Anderson provided cheap sites for the British Army, and the town became a manufacturing and services base for the military. The Army remained in Fermoy until 1922 and many vestiges of its time here remain. Fermoy is a good jumping off point for visits to the many tourist destinations in the area, such as fine country houses and gardens, historic sites, castles, and places of archaeological interest. The town is surrounded by villages, each with something unique and interesting to offer: Kilworth sports a local crafts centre, Glanworth has its castle, woollen mills and megalithic tomb. Further castles are to be found in Ballyhooly, Castlelyons, Conna, Cregg, Castletownroche, Lismore. There are also oddities like the Ballysaggartmore Towers near Ballyduff, which pique the interest with tales from local folklore.
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  • 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 may see the salmon jumping the weir in their travels to spawning grounds up river.
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  • 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 which competed in Irish Drama Festivals - and musicals. It is also occasionally used as a concert venue.
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  • 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 club's alumni, Gearoid Towey, has competed (and won) at Olympic level, and many of the current members have that potential in them.
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  • 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.
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  • 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 pathways around the town of Fermoy.
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  • 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.
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  • 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 Jail. One of the men, Michael Fitzgerald, began a hunger strike in protest at his continued imprisonment. The hunger strike came to an end with his death 67 days later. A monument to Fitzgerald stands outside the church.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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 brick wall - this was the original wall of the barracks and is one of the few remaining vestiges of the military's time in Fermoy. In addition to the GAA club, the grounds also contain a squash court and pitch and putt course.
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  • 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 horse-breeding stables in the world.
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