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Places of Interest

The Millennium Park

Lismore Millennium Park is a joint development between Lismore Mochuda Development Company Ltd and Waterford County Council. Situated right in the centre of the town, opposite the Hotel, the park hosts a number of interesting features and belies the small area that it covers. These features include:

The park includes some beautiful plants and trees complimenting the heritage of the area.

Lismore Heritage Centre

This is a must for all those wishing to learn of the town’s illustrious past. The Heritage Centre has an award winning audio visual display of Lismore history in which your host Brother Declan (alias Niall Toibin) takes you on an enthralling journey through time, starting with the arrival of St. Carthage in 636 and bringing you right up to the present. Stroll through the recently refurbished exhibition galleries and come face to face with the historic figures that shaped Lismore Town through the ages. Also here is a new exhibition space dedicated to the life and works of Robert Boyle ‘The Father Of Modern Chemistry’ and author of ‘Boyles Law. A complete education package including a cartoon style video on his life and works has been developed to introduce science to the younger visitor.

Lismore Heritage Centre and the Tourist Information Office are located just across the road from the Lismore House Hotel.

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Lismore Castle & Gardens

Located just across from the Hotel, the Castle is situated in the beautiful Blackwater Valley and commanding a superb position overlooking the river Blackwater this is one of the most delightful parts of Ireland. King John who later handed it over to the church originally built Lismore Castle. It remained a Bishop's Palace until 1589 when it was acquired by Sir Walter Raleigh and then sold on to Richard Boyle, first Earl of Cork, in 1602. This well-known castle was renovated and extended several times throughout the centuries and is now the property and temporary residence of the Duke of Devonshire.

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St. Carthage’s Cathedral

St. Carthage’s Cathedral has an aura of peace and serenity. It has a graceful spire, and the interior has some Celtic tombstones and a unique 16th Century monument of the McGrath family.

St Carthage's Catholic Church

St Carthage's, Lismore, is largely the creation of Dublin-born Walter Doolin (1850-1902) and was erected between 1881 and 1884. The church contains some interesting stained glass of the Celtic Revival, notably a set of three windows commemorating saints associated with Lismore - Cathaldus, Carthage (with contemporary picture of the Castle) and Colman.

The Carnegie Library

The Library is one of many built in Ireland funded by the Carnegie Trust. Andrew Carnegie himself was born in 1835 at Dunfermline in Scotland, the son of a handloom weaver. The general economic downturn in 1848 reduced the family to poverty and they emigrated to the United States.

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Lismore Famine Graveyard

Owing to the huge number of deaths, especially from typhus and relapsing fever, the existing graveyards became a health risk, so the Duke of Devonshire presented two acres to the Roman Catholic clergy in which the victims could be buried. The Famine Graveyard remains today a grisly reminder of the local impact of the greatest catastrophe in Irish history.

Information supplied with sincere thanks to the Lismore Tourist Office. For more information, please contact the office at (058) 54975 or visit their web site at www.discoverlismore.com .

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