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Abbeyville House Awarded2015 Ttipadvisor Certificate of Excellence



Recognised as a Top Performing BED & BREAKFAST as Reviewed by Travellers on the

World’s Largest Travel Site


FERMOY, CO.CORK, IRELAND  20/05/1015 ABBEYVILLE HOUSE today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great l reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.


When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honourees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site.  To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.


“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at ABBEYVILLE HOUSE and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Sean & Mary Lomasney, proprietors  at Abbeyville House. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”


“TripAdvisor is pleased to honour exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travellers on the site,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive increasing hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

The River Blackwater opens for salmon angling in 2015,

The River Blackwater is among 83 rivers in Ireland open for salmon angling in 2015, it was announced by Minister Joe McHugh this week.

The Independent Standing Scientific Committee for Salmon assessed 145 rivers throughout the country and advised that 55, including the Blackwater, are open as a surplus of fish has been identified. 28 rivers are classified as open for catch & release angling, while 62 rivers are closed as they have no surplus of fish available for harvest,

Ian Powell, owner at Blackwater Lodge and Salmon Fishery, told The Avondhu Press that this year fishing on the river is open for 12 days less (from February 1 to September 30). “The last three years it was open until October 12 but that was a bye-law that ran only for those three years and they decided not to continue with it.”

“It didn’t really produce a whole lot I must say. We didn’t really have the river conditions to make the most of it because we had very low water plus the fact that last year there was an awful lot of concern generally throughout the Atlantic Basin about stocks of fish and survival at sea and things like that. So overall there were quite a lot of concerns and they didn’t think it was a terribly good idea.

“We don’t have any major restrictions in terms of catch & release. You have other rivers where it’s catch and release, and then there are other rivers that are closed altogether,” Mr Powell said.

Joe McHugh, Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, has approved a suite of regulation and bye-laws that will govern the wild salmon and sea trout fisheries in 2015. These laws came into effect on January 1.

“Fifty five rivers will be fully open and this will provide opportunities for all to share this important natural resource on a sustainable basis. A further 28 will be open for angling on a catch & release basis.”

He also confirmed that the reduced Licence Fee price will be retained for 2015.

“In 2012 the cost of fishing licences was reduced in the prevailing economic climate and I have decided to maintain that price cut for 2015. I believe that lower costs will encourage sales of annual licences and continue to incentivise angling tourists to avail of the Ireland’s first-class angling product.”

Avondhu Press

Farson Digital Watercams for the River Blackwater

Our aim is to provide the most comprehensive network of webcams for use in helping to show current river levels for operational, flood monitoring and leisure purposes, to see regular and up to date images and information on rivers from the UK and Ireland. We want to make sure that you know everything you need to be aware of the conditions on your favourite river, and continually invest and research in new ways to bring you this information.


One popular use for this site is also to monitor the effects of heavy rain on flooding conditions,  providing striking imagery of the force of nature that is torrential and persistent rainfall!

You can keep up to date with the latest news about the rivers we monitor through our webcams, and unique scenes or events that are captured by them, by following our twitter account: @farsondigital. Keeping up with our twitter feed means you’ll never miss out on these spectacular views, all from the warmth and safety of your office or living room!

Fishing on the Blackwater River

 Blackwater River Cork

Open Season: Salmon & Sea-trout : 1st February – 12th October (C & R from 1st Oct to 12th Oct also fly only)

Brown trout: 15 February to 30 September.

The River Blackwater season is extended from 1st -12th October on a catch and release basis using artifical fly only (bye-law no. CS 314, 2013).

This large and broad river has a lot of fine salmon fishing spread among many private and club fisheries which are all easily accessible. Spring run improving in recent years. The best grilse fishing is towards the end of the season.

The Munster Blackwater rises in Co. Kerry and flows for over 100 miles through Cos. Cork and Waterford to the tide at Cappoquin. It is Ireland’s fourth-longest river and is noted for its big run of salmon. The average size of the brown trout is rather small. Spinning and fly fishing for salmon are the methods allowed on all fisheries, but on some fisheries the use of a worm or shrimp is allowed.

There is a statutory size limit of 7 inches for salmon and trout, and gaffs are not permitted. No fishing is allowed from the Mill Dam at Clondulane or for 30 yards below it.

Fishery Address
 Blackwater salmon fishing Tel:+353 (0)86 3197790
Fort William Estate Glencairn, Lismore, County Waterford. 
 +353 (0)87 8292077
Careysville Fishery Estate Office, Lismore Castle, Lismore, Co.Waterford
Tel. +353 (0)58 54424
Cappoquin Salmon & Trout Asociation Cappoquin Waterford
Gairha salmon fishery Ballyduff, County Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)87 255 3001
Ballyduff Bridge Salmon Fishery Upper Ballyduff, County Waterford. 
 +353 (0)586 0897
Blackwater Lodge & Salmon Fishery Upper Ballyduff, County Waterford.Tel: +353 (0) 58 60235 
Ballyrafter House Hotel Lismore, County Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)58 54002
Ballyhooley Castle Fishery Roxton Bailey Robinson Worldwide, 25 High St Hungerford
Ballyvolane Fishery Jeremy Green, Ballyvolane House, Castlelyons, Co. Cork. 
 +353 (0)25 36349
Fox’s Fishery at Killavullen Dan O’Donovan, Craigside, Blackrock, Cork.
Tel: +353 (0)21 4358218
Carrigoon Cottage Mallow Co. Cork.
Tel: 086-851-3401
Longueville House Fishery Mallow, Co. Cork. 
 +353 (0)22 47156
Carrigacunna Castle Fishing Killavullen, Co Cork
Tel+353 (0)87 681 8562
Email rod@carrigacunnacastle.ie
Ballymaquirke Fishery & Lodge James Murphy-O’Connor, Greybrook House, Waterfall, Co.Cork.
Tel: +353 (0)21 4502555

The Irish Golf Open 19th to 22nd June 2014


Abbeyville House is only 27km from Fota Island Golf Resort.

One of the European Tour’s most prestigious tournaments, the Irish Open, returns to Fota Island Resort, Cork this summer for the fourth time. It’s Ryder Cup year and we are lucky to be able to host a field that includes some of the world’s best golfers. Last year’s winner, Paul Casey, returns as do Ireland’s major winners Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Pádriag Harrington and Darren Clarke – sharing seven majors between them! 2009 champion Shane Lowry will also make the trip to the picturesque Co. Cork course; could a repeat of his dramatic 2009 victory be on the cards?

Ballindenisk,equestrian competition venue in Watergrasshill

Ballindenisk is an equestrian competition venue in Watergrasshill Co. Cork, Ireland and the home of the Fell family. Catering for all levels and all types of equestrian competitions, specialising in Eventing.Horse Trials or ‘Eventing’ as it is also known, has its roots in the Military and dates back to the early part of the 20th century when the competition was developed to reflect the varied roles of the cavalry horse and provide a challenge for the horse and rider during the times of peace.

The first competition staged at Ballindenisk was in 1926, when the first Point to Point was run across the banks, the main avenue crossing still uses one of these beautiful old Irish racing banks. Eventing first started at Ballindenisk in 1974 under the guidance of Norman van de Vater and he is still very involved being the president of the International Events which run twice a year, a CIC in April and a CCI in September.



Corrin Event Centre,Fermoy

Multi-Purpose Event Centre

Corrin Event Centre is part of the multi-purpose Cork Marts complex situated just off the M8, Cork-Dublin motorway, 3 miles from Fermoy town. With a fully licensed bar, restaurant and dining facilities we can cater for business, entertainment and sporting needs – indoor and outdoor. Facilities include:

  • Switzer Kingston Conference Centre
  • Blackwater Arena seating for 400
  • Restaurant / Banquet Dining & Licensed Bar
  • AV Facilities & WiFi