Waterford

Episode 2

Episode 2 – Waterford

Pól O Conghaile, travel journalist and broadcaster, was in West Waterford to walk two routes in the Comeragh Mountains. His first walk took him through the Mahon Valley to a well-known landmark in the area, the Mahon Falls.    

En route, Pól stopped off in the village of Killrossanty to meet retired schoolteacher and local historian, Síle Murphy and they discussed the history of the village. Pól and his guide Declan McGrath continued their route into the Mahon Falls, which is an easy walk suitable for all ages and takes about 20 minutes. They discussed the geology of the Comeraghs and the flora and fauna along the way and what makes the Mahon Falls a notable landmark in the area. Pól continued up the hill and enjoyed the dramatic view back down the valley to the sea and Dungarvan town.

For Pól’s second walk he met his second guide Michael Desmond. They walked parts of two looped walks in the Nire Valley, following the trail known as ‘The Gap Walk’ and then joined a second and longer loop known as the ‘Coumduala Loop’. This section of the Coumduala Loop brought them uphill and onto part of the Knockanaffrin Ridge from where they got a wonderful view of the Nire Valley. 

1.      Lough Mohra Loop

2.      Boolas Loop

3.      Anne Valley Walk

4.      Colligan Woods Green Loop

5. Glenshelane Green Trail

 

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