Peter's Blackwater Valley Guide
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Location Blackwater valley, County Waterford # Locations 21
Media Audio, Text, & Pictures Tour Type Other Category Historical Places
Description Half way between Lismore and Cappoquin is the Glenribbeen Eco Lodge run by Peter and Els O'Connor. Peter is a polymath who has turned his hand to great success on everything from music to archery, history to the the environment and a lot more besides. He knows a lot about his surroundings of the lodge and was good enough to help us compile an earlier audio guide of the area for which we are very grateful - Irish tourism needs the Peter O'Connors to continue to harvest their boldness and the genius, power and magic that comes with it. We added to that Cappoquin environs tour which followed the path of the Blackwater and extended it to Youghal, but we haven't forgotten our original source, Peter himself. We won't be telling you the full story, but as a precursor to any planned boat trip you take with Tony Gallagher in Youghal, we've got a selection of stories from Peter himself, Mick Hackett, Kieran Groeger and skipper Tony Gallagher that will captivate. A special thanks to these raconteurs for helping to bring the stretch from Lismore Youghal to life with such aplomb. Youghal is the last port of call for the mighty 104 mile Blackwater river that has come all the way from North Kerry, famously swinging south at the dog leg in Cappaquin and where Tony Gallagher's boat is based.
Created By navigatour on 3/21/2014





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Meandering of the River
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Sold Down the River
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Molana Abbey
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Strength of the Blackwater
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