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The Towers, Ballysaggartmore near Lismore

April 24, 2010
The towers at Ballysaggartmore

The towers at ballysaggartmore

What a magical hidden gem!  The towers at Ballysaggartmore near Lismore are in an amazing woodland situated on the main road between Ballyduff and Lismore.  Take the path to the left from the car park which winds up through the woodland to the towers.  You can walk around in a loop lasting no more than 15-20 minutes.  Both sides of the path are packed with dense shrubbery and mature trees.  There is a picnic area next to the river flowing under the tower bridge.

The towers were built in the mid 1800s by Arthur Kiely Ussher who had planned to build a grand house but this never happened.  All that now remain are imposing gothic ruins in a wonderful setting.

Ballyin Gardens, Lismore

April 24, 2010

Ballyin Gardens are located on the north bank of the river Blackwater just upstream from Lismore Castle.  These gardens are open to the public from 15th April until 30th June and are well worth a visit.  The gardens date from at least the early 18th century.  The lawns sweep down to the edge of the river and there is a fine selection of stunning mature trees, rhododendrons and azaleas.  One Monteray cedar has the largest girth of any tree in County Waterford.  Don’t miss these gardens if you are planning a visit to Lismore.

Ballyin Gardens

Ballyin Gardens, Lismore