The Waterford Greenway

The Deise Greenway, or Waterford Greenway, offers a 46 Kilometre off road cycle path starting from the heart of Dungarven to the quays of Waterford city. The Greenway was built up several sections spanning over a course of 4 years. The first stretch, starting from Dungarven to Ballinroad, opened in 2013, then extended to Kilmacthomas in September 2016, and finally Waterford City in March 2017.

Conveniently, you don’t need to bring your own bike to cycle the greenway, companies like Waterford Greenway Bike Hire offer a shuttle service from Waterford, Dungarven and Kilmacthomas if you’re intending on doing just a one way trip to cover the greenway fully or partially. For public transport, route 40 can take you to any of the three aforementioned places.


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Staggered gates installed at every road crossing as a safety measure. Just is just outside Dungarven, going in the direction of Waterford.


Approaching Clonea & Dungarvan Viewpoint ( usually people take photos in the opposite direction ), say goodbye to the ocean at this point.


Facing the direction towards Dungarven, this is where the cutting begins before entering the Ballyvoyle tunnel (opposite direction)


Ballyvoyle tunnel cutting, this is one of my favourite highlight of the Dungarven to Kilmacthomas section.


Plenty of fairy doors just outside the entrance of the Ballyvoyle Tunnel (on the Dungarven side), be careful not to stir the tiny ninjas living inside them.


Entrance to the Ballyvoyle Tunnel, facing in the direction towards Dungarven.


Ballyvoyle Tunnel, this is a long exposure shot, the tunnel is more dimly lit than it seems. An often ignored sign asks cyclists to dismount before entering the tunnel probably so I would recommend having something to improve visibility just in case.

Kilmacthomas is a good halfway point to stop off for a break and refreshments, it feels like it’s the highest point of the greenway with either direction going mostly downhill. In my experience, the Dungarven to Kilmacthomas section had more traffic than the Kilmacthomas to Waterford section, I would guess that this is due to features such as the Durrow viaduct, Ballyvoyle Tunnel and the panoramic view of Dungarven having wider coverage on social media and news outlets than the second half of the line.

There is still plenty to see in the direction of Waterford however, the Kilmeaden section features a heritage railway, between Kilmeaden and Mount Congreve is a great view of the Suir river and following on shortly is the Mount Congreve Gardens. Before approaching Waterford there is also an entrance to the WIT West Campus, this is connected to the cyclepath on the Outer Ring Road and potentially to Tramore ( although this route would have you cycling in close proximity to motor traffic which may be less ideal).


Kilmeaden to Mount Congreve section, in the direction of Waterford.


Kilmeaden to Mount Congreve section, in the direction of Dungarven. Short distance from the Kilmeaden station that functions as the heritage project, Waterford & Suir Valley Railway. From April to September, a small passenger train runs daily between Kilmeaden and Bilberry.


Kilmeaden to Mount Congreve section, in the direction of Dungarven.

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Shortly outside Waterford, close to an alternative route to WIT West Campus

The Waterford Greenway officially ends at Water’s Gate but the council has added a cycle path that takes you as far as Gratten Quay, afterwards you’re left with traversing on a footpath. It would be great to see the cycle path extended deeper into City Centre, in particular John Roberts Square which would offer a great way to finish (or start) the experience.

The Future of the Waterford Greenway

As of time of writing (27/4/19), there are two projects in the works that are worth keeping an eye on, The Waterford North Quays project which includes the construction of a pedestrian bridge connecting the North and South quays and the New Ross to Waterford Greenway that the Kilkenny County Council are seeking to develop. The latter project already has a proposed route:

The Kilkenny County Council have also provided an ambitious timeline for this new greenway:

Q2 to Q4 2019 Detailed design
Q4 2019 Tendering stage
Q2 2020 to Q2 2021 Construction stage

Combined, these projects could potentially extend the Waterford Greenway by 25 kilometres, taking it a little bit closer to Dublin. So why stop there?

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Marlogue Woods – Walterstown, Cork

Marlogue Woods is located east of Cobh, best way to get there is by any mode of transport other than cycling. It’s somewhat of a short walk if you stick to the forest path which can be easily extended if you go along the rocky shoreline. Worthwhile to visit to see the view of East Ferry and the Monterey pine in the southern part of the woods, unfortunately there was a considerable amount of litter and recent fire damage in this area, likely due to the spate of recent good weather in Ireland.













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Beast from the East in Cork City

On the morning of March 2nd, 2018. The residents of Cork City witnessed a rare weather phenomenon not seen for quite some time. Fortunately I had the day off work to take some snaps.

Pope's Quay

Pope’s Quay

Snowman contstruction in Pope's Quay

Snowman contstruction in Pope’s Quay

Crossroad at the Camdem Quay

Crossroad at the Camdem Quay

Patricks Hill

Patricks Hill

Merchants Quay

Patrick's Street

Patrick’s Street

Patrick's Street

Patrick’s Street

Patrick's Street

Patrick’s Street

Patrick's Street snowpeople

Patrick’s Street snowpeople

Opera Lane

Opera Lane

Oliver Plunkett Street

Oliver Plunkett Street

Washington Steet

Washington Steet

Grand Parade

Grand Parade


Tesco's Paul Street

Tesco’s Paul Street

North Main Street

North Main Street

Kyle Street

Kyle Street

 Kyrl's Quay

Kyrl’s Quay

Coke Zero bikes in Pope's Quay

Coke Zero bikes in Pope’s Quay

It was also a great time to build an igloo, construction time about 3 hours.

Igloo construction at the Cork City Skate Park

Igloo construction at the Cork City Skate Park

Igloo construction at the Cork City Skate Park

Igloo construction at the Cork City Skate Park

Adding finishing touches to the Igloo near the Cork City Skate Park

Adding finishing touches to the Igloo near the Cork City Skate Park

Adding finishing touches to the Igloo near the Cork City Skate Park

Adding finishing touches to the Igloo near the Cork City Skate Park

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The woods at Mount Desert near Cork City

One evening, I took notice of a wooded area on the other side of Lee Fields and was curious about visiting it. Here’s the highlighted map of the woods from Google Maps.


It was only years later that I decided to explore it. I had taken a day off work and figured that I’d finally check it out. I strolled in through the entrance of the Bon Secours Care Village and proceeded to enter the forest close to the car park. I was somewhat concerned that I would be stopped by security as it is technically on private property.


Entrance from the Mt Desert cul de sac. This was the old entrance from Blarney Road side. The view is great on a clear day.

Within the woods, I followed the old route that was drawn out in 1850 ordinance survey map, large parts of it was still in reasonably good condition and some well worn paths diverged from the original one probably due to some overgrowth. The western half of the woods had more coniferous trees than deciduous ones, looked particularly great in the evening!


Western edge of the wood, seemingly popular campfire spot for tracksuit-clad folks with poor taste in alcohol ( judging by the discarded cans littered around this area )

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On the first day of coming to this area I had met two dog walkers on separate occasions, who informed me that it was an area frequented by locals which the care village seemingly had taken no issue with.



To contrast with the western half of the woods, the eastern part featured large patches of wild garlic and bluebells thriving on the forest floor, in some areas I would find myself to be surrounded by them. Mid Spring is the best time to see these before they get choked from any sunlight by the canopy. But as far as which side of the woods impressed me the most, it was easily this one.

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Sherkin Island, West Cork

Sherkin is a small island situated near Baltimore, West Cork. Two pubs on the island just about enough for a population of 108 ( according to the 2006 census ). Subject to weather conditions, the island ferry runs at least 8 times a week day, 7 and 5 times for Saturday and Sunday respectively.

These were taken a while back in 2014, hopefully the island hasn’t suffered any damage from subsequent storms in early 2015 and 2016.

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The Curraheen Cave

It was roughly in August 2015 when I decided to go off the beaten track at the Curraheen Walkway near the vicinity of Lee Fields and my eye caught something interesting at a small rock formation.


From the few snaps I took of it, it looked like it had potential to be a cave. The entrance was initially too tight to squeeze into but this was easily remedied with the help of a digging implement.
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A week later, I returned and brought a friend with a shovel to help.


Once widened, I could squeeze head first into the hole and stretch my arm inside and make an attempt to take a photo further into the chamber. There was roughly a 2 metre drop before the hole does a right angle turn and lead to a corridor.

The following image was facing straight down the hole.


This is the only decent photo of the corridor, it was taken while I was partially inside the hole, upside down and my arm stretched out as far as possible to get to the bottom of the drop, while holding the camera and taking the occasional picture. It’s difficult to know whether the corridor just stops or leads to a larger chamber, but bumping up the brightness in Photoshop reveals some rubble and some colour items that were too blurry to make out.


The photos show this small cave had promise so we decided to embark on a mission to try squeeze inside it. The following photo is a dramatisation of my attempt to squeeze into the hole legs first.


I actually got in much further than the photo above implies but at only a certain point in the narrow drop, it got much tighter at the halfway point, but my legs could go through but couldn’t touch the bottom, I became stuck and my legs were simply dangling away being incapable of lifting myself out with ease. My hands couldn’t get a good grip so I was only able to use my elbows to inch myself up a little but  it was not enough.

This had me worried after 5 minutes of trying and failing miserably at each attempt, I eventually got my fellow caver, Tom to reach in and pull me back out again. Much to my relief.

Tom also made an attempt as well but couldn’t get as far as I did. Shortly after, we gave up on any further trials, and whatever was beyond that corridor at the bottom of this hole had to be left to our wild imaginations.

Anyway, here was my attempt at surveying the cave:

A graphical and somewhat accurate depiction of Cave #1

A graphical and somewhat accurate depiction of Cave #1

Not too distant from the first cave, were we able to find the entrance to another cave which, to our delight, was more accessible than the first.


It was a small cave, in terms of space it was roughly 6 square metres squared, probably could fit four people inside but there’s very little height to sit up properly to make it a comfortable outing. Despite the mud, animal bones, spiders, low ceiling, it was surprisingly snug.

We stayed inside for about half an hour, there wasn’t much else to do other than taking photos or occasionally making strange verbal sounds when a passerby was in the vicinity.

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Another attempt at a dramatisation of events.


And here’s a short video of the second cave where I repeatedly call the area Lee Fields as opposed to Curraheen:

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The Beaumont Quarry Cave


With the quarry only being a stones throw away from work, I’ve decided recently to check out the place after reading Kieran McCarthy’s piece about it , what particularly caught my attention from the post was the mention of caves in it. I was surprised at how easily accessible some of them were.

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We found at least 5 different entrances with varying degrees of accessibility, one of the easiest is the one at the easterly cave where there is plenty of room in the inside chamber for three to stand, other entrances didn’t open as much and the westerly entrance required climbing down at least 3 meters to get comfortably inside it. It was inside this cave where we did the brunt of the somewhat limited exploring.


It wasn’t the climb that was the difficult part of entering the cave though, our biggest obstacle was the pile of rubbish consisting of beer cans, plastic bags, bottles and especially broken glass.

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There were several other items that we found in various parts close to the entrance, including a tennis ball, a volleyball, rusted pliers and a large egg which my spelunking companion later cracked to a horrifying discovery.


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There were a couple of tight spots.

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There were plenty of small chambers to crawl through but according to Brian Murphy’s map survey published featured in the Irish Speleological journal, we’ve only managed to cover only a quarter of what was explored in 1973. We had barely reached the Cone Chamber.

Photo of Brian Murphy's survey of Beaumont Cave

Brian Murphy’s survey of Beaumont Cave – 1973 , Photo provided by Conor Harding



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Dog vs Tennis Ball

This is the face of a dog that does not feel like playing fetch today.

It's just out of reach

It’s just out of reach

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Dragon of Shandon 2014

Halloween parade that takes place in Shandon Street and Pope’s Quay every year

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Cork in an October morning

Saturday morning, 11th October I decided to take a short trek around Sunday’s Well and Mardyke while morning fog had rolled into Cork city. For that brief period it was reminiscent of an 80’s fantasy movie.






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