A look at Ireland’s longest greenway: the Waterford (Déise) greenway [map]

Debbie Ridgard

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Déise greenway, photo credit: Debbie Ridgard
Déise greenway, photo credit: Debbie Ridgard

A look at the beautiful locations along Waterford’s Déise Greenway.

With Ireland’s abundance of scenery, it was obvious that this small country has become home to spectacular greenways : the Comber Greenway, the Great Southern trail, the Great Western Greenway and the recently opened Déise Greenway.

At the Circular, we decided to take a look at the Déise Greenway and the breathtaking views between Kilmacthomas and Dungarvan, the second half of the 46km greenway that stretches from Waterford city to Dungarvan.

The halfway point is marked by the Kilmacthomas Workhouse, built in 1850 and now used as a business centre and craft studio.

 

Déise greenway map, photo credit: Debbie Ridgard.
Déise greenway map, photo credit: Debbie Ridgard.

Breathing life into a disused railway line, the Waterford greenway became an instant success, creating jobs and attracting business to the surrounding areas.

The Waterford railway line itself first opened in 1878 and included the construction of some two causeways, two viaducts and a 439 metre tunnel. These features, along with the different stations along the line, are now part of the terrain along Ireland’s longest greenway.

Check out the map below for some of the remarkable features that can be seen along the Déise Greenway.

The €15 million greenway project officially opened on 25th March 2017, exactly 50 years after the last passenger train drove along the Dungarvan to Waterford railway line.

The launch at the old Kilmacthomas Station House, brought thousands to Kilmacthomas, a town populated by some 1700 people, including Waterford’s mayor Cllr. Adam-Gary Wyse and  Simon Coveney TD.

The disused railway line, has been ruled a huge success by many and continues to ecieve positive reviews on a daily basis.

 

Further information is available at www.visitwaterfordgreenway.com, on Facebook @WaterfordGreenway and on Twitter at @WaterfordGrnWay or by following #WaterfordGreenway.

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Debbie Ridgard