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TripAdviser comments: Glenribbeen + Archery in Waterford Museum.

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Glenribbeen Eco Lodge – +35354499 or call Peter direct on +353866017176

Glenribbeen Eco LodgeTripAdviser comments


“Friendly, Quiet, and Great Food!”

Reviewed 8 November 2011

We were greeted with a toasty warm wood stove going, and Els right away brought out some tea and cookies, which we enjoyed by the fire while reading their many books about Ireland and the local area. The lodge is very tastefully decorated, without all of that stuffy Victorian pink lace and doily decoration you can typically find in a B&B. Upon reading the other reviews, I have to agree that the breakfast was amazing. Our first morning we had Dutch pancakes with rashers and maple syrup. I’m still dreaming of it. Second morning we had the baked eggs, which were also fantastic. And the coffee was strong and delicious, a serious concern of ours in a country that drinks a lot of tea.

Peter is an incredibly interesting man and he would come out in the morning to talk to us while we waited for breakfast. I could have sat there all day listening to him (and eating Els’s pancakes). He recommended several things for us to see and do, while giving us mini history lessons in everything from the Titanic to why they drive on the left side of the road. I wish we made some time for an archery lesson with him.

The whole place is very clean and everything has been thought of in an eco-conscious way. Yes, the bed is creaky as are the floor boards. We got used to it after our first night. Once you convince yourself it’s all part of the charm, you start to roll with it. The surrounding countryside is totally quiet and peaceful. A squeaky bed is a very small price to pay for a fantastic stay in a beautiful location with great hosts and insanely delicious breakfasts. I’d go back in a heartbeat. Make sure you get a chance to feed the hens some grapes!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple



“Lovely would definately recommend Baked Eggs for breakfast!”

Reviewed 25 August 2011

I stayed at the Lodge as we were attending a wedding locally, our room was lovely clean and bright there was everything you need hairdryer, kettle, books, local guides etc right down to a chocolate snack biscuit on a tray and a carafe of water, we were asked what we would like for breakfast and as a I don’t eat meat I have gotten used to beans on toast with a tomato thrown in but as Els and Peter are vegetarians I received a wonderful plate of fresh fruit garnished with flowers, followed by the house special of baked eggs delicious! fresh orange, breads, cereals you name it the choices. I work in Tourism and I was very impressed with the hospitality and service received, B&B prices were very reasonable.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple




“Wonderful hospitality in a beautiful place. Top notch!!!”

Reviewed 14 August 2011

Peter and Els are wonderful people and right from the moment we met them, I knew we made the right choice of a place in Lismore. Their home is in a beautiful setting a short distance from the town of Lismore and quite an experience with gardens, hens, two wonderfully friendly dogs and within an easy walk to a river where the salmon fishers are busy. The house itself has a wonderfully large and comfortable dining/sitting area where breakfast is served and where we often found ourselves spending time chatting with Peter and/or Els and enjoying a cup of tea or coffee after a day of sightseeing. We learned A LOT of history about Ireland and Peter let us read books from his extensive library…one of which we borrowed and will send back. I had thought the breakfasts were great up to this point on our trip, but Peter and Els really go over the top with beautiful presentation and extraordinary and delicious food. I guarantee that you will not get a better breakfast in Ireland!!! Peter and Els are very approachable and helpful. A couple of evenings, we picked up some meat to BBQ and Peter set up the grill and provided the dishes, etc… We never felt rushed in our time with them as they always seemed to have time for whatever need or question we had. The room was comfortable and clean and had a TV/DVD combo in it. I loved the snacks and waters! Overall a great experience and highly recommended!!!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family



“BEST B&B in Ireland”

Reviewed 2 August 2010

From the moment we arrived we were in heaven, we were treated with such a warm welcome. Peter was always willing to chat and eager to make our stay as pleasent as possible.we ate amazing breakfasts- such good options on the menu with fresh fruit and amazing homemade brown bread on the side! the atmosphere in the lodge was very relaxed and we made the most of the amazing servies which the lovely couple provided such as use of their canoe, bikes, various fishing equiptment, instruments, books, garden hammock, kites and BBQ… Iv never even heard of such extras being provied in another B&B… expecially as its half the price!! we even had a 5 star hotel booked for the last night and cancelled becuase we would rathar the tranquil surroundings of Glenribbeen lodge!! they made our stay amazing, offering information, conversation and even lifts to and from the pub. would recomend it to absolutly everyone and cant wait to return.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple



Experience Medieval Archery

Reviews from Museum of Medieval Treasures, Waterford.

TripAdviser reviews of Archery Through the Ages. & Waterford

Getting a strainght-line.

Demonstrating ‘Tip – nock – hand – elbow’ to create a straight line to enhance accuracy.

“Visit to the Medieval Museum of Waterford”

Reviewed 14 July 2015

I’ve had a delightful weekend in Waterford city and the Museum was one of the best experiences of all. However what really stood out by me was the archery lesson I got in the museum. The person ‘Peter’ who introduced me to archery was greatly animated which made it an altogether enjoyable experience for me. He managed to introduce me to some skills and I was able to shoot arrows successfully and this was all combined with his abundance of knowledge about the history of archery. His lesson was like a throw back into medieval times; no visit to the museum would be complete without an archery lesson!

Visited June 2015

Reviewed 7 January 2015

Waterford’s Museum of Medieval Treasures has a great policy of bring things to life and getting enthusiastic people in to show some real crafts and skills as practised in 9th – 16th century Waterford (Ireland’s oldest city). A famous glass-cutter is working in the foyer and below are figures from history demonstrating coin-minting and archery (have a go!!) as well as displaying wood and leather work and tools.

Visited January 2015


“wonderful museum”

Reviewed 19 July 2015

Interestingly laid out history of the area. Not just the usual dusty chronological arrangement. Best part for us was the medieval archery tutorial and lesson given just inside the door by a local savant, Peter O’Connor .

Visited June 2015


“Peter, the medieval archer, was the best part!”

Reviewed 4 August 2015

Visited this museum in July 2015 and the best part was meeting Peter, the archer! He’s stationed right at the front door, ready to give you an amazing talk about medieval archery and teach you how to shoot the longbow. He’s an absolute wealth of information and very engaging to speak with. I enjoyed meeting him so much I’ve taken to following him on his Facebook page “Archery Through the Ages”, where he regularly supplies interesting historical points and plenty of posts of his daily visitors at the museum. It’s obvious he enjoys what he does!

The museum was fantastic. It takes approximately 45m to go through with the provided audio guide. The Cloth of Gold Vestments from the 1400s are the highlight of the exhibitions.

Visited July 2015


“Medevial times bought to life”

Reviewed 23 July 2015

this is a great museum and shows what life in Waterford was like in the dark ages with great displays and live action such as the archery display with the long bow. well worth a visit. unfortunately we didnt give ourselves a lot of time as we were only intending to visit the Crystal factory and stumbled across this museum and teh viking quarter. I would recommend that you ive yourself a full day to visit these three attractions as well as Waterford city itself which is stunning.

Visited July 2015


“Interesting day out”

Reviewed 9 July 2015

Fantastic fun. We had a 6 year old and a 2 year old with us and they both enjoyed it. We got a guided tour from the Curator himself and he made it very interesting and quite funny also. There was also a man in the lobby who was teaching archery and all about different types of bows and arrows….needless to say that the 6 year old LOVED that! It only cost €14 for the guided tour, and we were able to go back around as often as we liked on our own afterwards.

Visited July 2015

House of Glass

“Thoroughly enjoyed!”

Reviewed 2 July 2015 via mobile

We visited here on Wednesday 1st July and on arrival, we were greeted by an archer. What a lovely and knowledgeable man! Very much enjoyed our chat with him and my husband loved the small archery demonstration. Then we had the luck of being on the guided tour with the museum director….what a treat! A pleasure to view the museum with a man so truly passionate about it…full of interesting anecdotes and stories. My husband is NOT a fan of museums….he came purely because I wanted to go. But he loved it and really enjoyed the tour. I would highly recommend this to everyone…in my eyes, it’s a must-do in the wonderful city of Waterford.

Visited July 2015


“Above expectations – better than Wford Crystal!”

Reviewed 31 August 2015

Was thinking about going to Waterford Crystal but realised how boring that would be. Ducked into the Medieval Museum and went on the guided tour. Found it highly informative and good fun. Archery lessons on hand for 5euro! Downstairs cave is great and the coin press is fun. Floors one and two have some interesting stuff but really do recommend the guided tour to get the most out of it. Our tour guide was really excellent, nice young lady, good humour. The shop is FANTASTIC with helmets and glass cutting live.

Visited August 2015


And release…

“never knew waterford was so interesting .”

Reviewed 26 July 2015

we were met at the entrance by a chap in medieval gear who offered to demonstrate the intricacies and development of medieval archery . what followed was one of the most interesting and absorbing 45 mins in a museum ever . the guide , peter ,was a mine of fascinating and enjoyable facts and figures coupled with an encyclopedic knowledge of his subject , all delivered in a witty and friendly manner. an expiring parking meter forced us to leave or we would have stayed much longer .
we returned the next day and spent several hours touring the rest of the museum .a well laid out series of exhibits explained by knowledgeable guides armed with lots of relevant background information meant we spent a thoroughly enjoyable and informative day .(still preferred the bows and arrows) . wonderful !

Visited July 2015

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“A Must-Do Experience In Waterford”

Reviewed 10 September 2015

Notwithstanding that we have been in Waterford on a few occasions since the Medieval Museum opened in 2013, we just thought it would not be worth the time.

Then, earlier this week, we were invited on a tour of the museum and thought we would see what’s on offer.

Well, we were very impressed.

This is much more than a museum; more a series of living history experiences that is brought to life by a team of passionate staff. As soon as you enter, the experiences unfold in front of you with archery demonstrations. You can even get an archery lesson for an additional €5.

Being on a guided tour will make a huge difference to your experience. Our guide was excellent and contextualised the history of Waterford against the backdrop of Irish, British and European history.

All the exhibits are presented in an informative fashion. The piece-de-resistance must be the gold-braided vestments and the story about how they were uncovered. We won’t spoil it by revealing more on here.

In conclusion, we thoroughly enjoyed our experiences at The Medieval Museum. It is great value too at €7.

Visited September 2015



Mountain bike boost with New ‘Second Highest Downhill Course in Europe’

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Mountain bike boost with € 450k sports grant 


Wednesday August 03 2011

IT has been described as one of the most exciting sports and tourism projects anywhere in the country and will help propel Kerry into becoming the adventure sports capital of Ireland. The announcement by Minister for Tourism Leo Varadkar that over €430,000 is to be spent on an international standard mountain biking trail close to Glenflesk, has been roundly welcomed throughout Kerry.

The funding for the track at Shroneboy, Loughguittane, means that Kerry will be home to the second highest downhill course in Europe but for mountain bike enthusiasts, the higher spec Killarney facility should be a much more attractive option than the taller Fortwilliam course. The Killarney area will also reap the reward of hundreds of thousands of euros in visitor spending.

Former Cycling Ireland President Michael Concannnon said he was hugely excited about project.

“This is one of the most exciting sport and tourism projects that’s going to come on stream for a long, long time.

“It will be a huge piece of infrastructure that will cater for downhill and cross country enthusiasts and will do wonders for adventure tourism here in Kerry.”

The technical difficulty of the downhill course – 1,800 metres in length and a vertical drop of 360 metres – will mean that downhill riders will have to be experienced and require specialised equipment. It will be ideal as a venue for the European Masters Downhill and Cross Country Championships which have already been granted for 2014 and 2015 respectively.

With the events regularly attracting anything up to 1,000 entrants – last year’s championships in the French Alps welcomed over 800 top competitors – the news has positive implications for Kerry’s tourism sector.

Kerry had been mooted for the 2011 championships but progress on the Shroneboy plan did not progress as quickly as had hoped. Indeed, the idea for a local course originated over three and a half years ago and following an extensive search — including Ordnance Survey and Google Earth maps — for a suitable site by project backers, landowner Con O’Donoghue was approached and came on board.

Backed by Cycling Ireland, last year Kerry County Council granted planning for a downhill track and permission to construct 24 car parking spaces, single storey ancillary changing accommodation and filtration works at Shronaboy. While a submission was received concerning the site, no official appeal was lodged and full planning was granted for the track which was designed by CDesign engineers.

The project is supported by the department, Fáilte Ireland and South Kerry Development Partnership, while Kerry County Council and the NPWS have also been receptive. The landowner, Mr O’Donoghue, has also invested in including a cross country track.

Subject to weather, most of the work on the track should be completed before the year is out.


Canoeing in Blackwater/Glenribbeen

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From Catherine Mack in ”’The Southern Star” Sat 21st May 2011

Best kept secret
Another recent discovery
from a canoe was the River
Blackwater in CoWaterford. It
was the recommendation of
the owner of charming, ecofriendly Glenribbeen Lodge
(, and
what a top tip it was. The afternoon on the water drifted by in
the delightful company of Cappoquinman, DennisMurray of
Blackwater Boating
who, having spent his life on
the river, knows every bend,
bridge and building on it. His
gentle charm totally engaged
us all, my eight-year-old included, regaling us with history
one second, and heron spotting
the next. Usingmore traditional Canadian canoes this time,
this river must be one of Ireland’s best kept secrets, and no
better man than Dennis to
show it at its best.

Walks – here and there.

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Mountain crossing Peaks  Mountaineering Club is inviting walkers to participate in the Knockmealdown Crossing next Saturday (April 16th). There will be three walks, two of them guided (13km and 17km) and one self-navigating (29.5km). All participants must be over 18 years of age, have a good level of fitness and come properly equipped. Entry fee of €20 includes a two-course meal in the Glenview Lounge, Goatenbridge, Clonmel, at the end of the walk. For details e-mail, see or call 086-8357290 or 086-8586625.

View from Knockmealdown Eastwards

Knockout Knockmealdowns

Go Walk: There’s a fine walk to the west of the Vee that’s been undervalued for too long, writes TONY DOHERTY

THE ONLY horse I ever rode was an old cart horse who, when I hopped on, took off on his usual route and no amount of pulling of reins would get him to alter course. When it comes to the Knockmealdowns I am that cart horse. Start me off in the Vee car park and I will plod steadily up to Sugarloaf and then across the ridge to Knockmealdown Mountain and onwards to Knockfallia.

In all the years it never occurred to me to explore the ridge to the west of the Vee which is rather peculiar. A recent resolution to go where this walker has not gone before led me to turn my back firmly on Sugarloaf and set out for Knockshanahullion (652m).

A narrow track leads uphill on the Tipperary side of the county boundary. At first it winds its way through thickets of rhododendron which cover the lower slopes. When you reach spot height 630m continue to follow the fence line to the next one which is at 551m. On the way you’ll drop down to a col which can be soggy after spells of rain. It’s a steep but short slog up to Knockshanahullion (Hill of the Old Holly). As you get higher the summit of Galteemore appears beyond your destination and gives the interesting optical illusion that it is just a short distance away.

The peak is topped by a large Bronze Age burial mound which looks like it has been considerably deconstructed and reconstructed by persons unknown in more recent times. A circular stone shelter has been constructed in the hollowed out centre of the cairn.

The profile of the Galtees was etched into the clear blue sky across the valley but the weak winter sun was unable to define the detail of the slopes. The range is now underscored by the straight white line of the M8. I also had a fine view of the main crest of the Knockmealdowns while the Comeraghs slowly dissolved into the thickening haze further east.

The next leg brings you southward to Knockclugga where you’ll pick up a bog road (part of the Avondhu Way) which leads you comfortably westward towards Crow Hill crossing a third class road as it does so. There is a car park here and as it is at an altitude of 450m it provides excellent access for a short winter walk on the ridge.

When you reach the flank of Crow Hill (517m) leave the way marked route and head for the summit from where a narrow track leads to Farbreaga (518m). It is marked by a succession of two-meter high cairns which presumably are the eponymous “False Men”. This westernmost peak of the Knockmealdowns is like a great headland surrounded by a sea of green as the Golden Vale sweeps around its foot to merge with the basin of the River Blackwater.

Looking down into the Araglin Valley you can see a great example of the influence of soil type on vegetation. The heather which covers the thin acid soils of the mountain side; the vivid green pastures of the alluvial flood plain; and the more subdued greens of the drier glacial soils on the opposite side.

Retrace your steps as far as Knockclugga and then continue eastwards along the Avondhu Way, which runs just above the coniferous plantations of the lower slopes on bog track and forest road, and has plenty of way markers to lead you directly back to the car park.

I shall have to abandon my blinkered ways as it is a shame to have ignored a fine walk for so long.

Route Western Knockmealdowns

Map Ordnance Survey Discovery Series, Sheet 74.

Start/finish The car park at the highest point on the R668, Clogheen (Co Tipperary) to Lismore (Co Waterford) road.

Get there Lismore is on the N72. Clogheen is on the R665, Mitchelstown to Clonmel road.

Time Five to six hours.

Distance 16Km.

Total ascent 750m.

Suitability Moderate route. Map, compass, warm clothing, boots and raingear essential.

Food/accommodation Lismore, Cahir, Mitchelstown, Fermoy.


Way to go



Kinetic Energy Power Gadgets Guide

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Kinetic Energy Power Gadgets Guide

by Susan DeFreitas, January 13th, 2011  Original post HERE

Kinetic energy–from the Greek word kinesis, meaning motion–is energy supplied by moving things. Wind turbinesmake use of kinetic energy in the form of wind, while water-wheels and other forms of hydropower (including wave power) make use of the movement of water. Lately, however, a whole new class of devices has evolved to harvest electricity at a smaller scale, mainly from the movements of human beings.

Wouldn’t it be great fun for a walker/cyclist to turn up after a hard day and part-pay for their accommodation by supplying electricity from their efforts. Or getting on a treadmill/cycle and work up some power to bath by?

These kinetic energy devices use various forms of good old-fashioned elbow grease to power portable electronics and/or provide emergency juice, grid-free.  There are kinetic chargers that harvest the energy of your habitual everyday motions, such as biking or walking, and those that must be hand-cranked or shaken to generate power. These products have largely entered the market under the aegis of emergency back-up power–for flashlights, cell phones, etc.–but are increasingly found with camping and green lifestyle-oriented products as well.

nPower PEG charger and iPhoneimage via Tremont Electric

The nPower Personal Energy Generator (PEG) is one of the most well-known kinetic chargers, designed to power portable electronic devices and having been covered by the likes of and Bloomberg Businessweek. This canister-like device was designed to sit vertically in a backpack or briefcase and generate electricity while you run or walk.

How much juice, in general, can one expect from a device like this? According to Jill LeMieux, Vice-President of Marketing for Tremont Electric (the company behind the nPower), the answer depends on what, exactly, you need to charge. With an energy-efficient portable like the iPod Nano, one minute of walking with nPower PEG in your backpack, briefcase or purse will give you one minute of listening time. For more energy-hungry devices such as the iPhone, however, you’ll have to walk approx 15-20 minutes to extend your talk time by one minute.

Despite such drawbacks, kinetic chargers such as the nPower offer advantages over solar chargers in that they can produce energy in any type of weather and harvest energy passively, especially for those who regularly walk or run. They also make a whole lot of sense on backpacking trips, where emergency power can be crucial and walking is a way of life.

Another kinetic charger that harvests the energy of walking or running is the PowerWalk by the Canadian company Bionic Power. This device, developed in conjunction with the Canadian Royal Mounted Police, looks somewhat like a knee-brace and was designed specifically for military and first-responder applications. The energy harvester is mounted on an orthopedic brace, weighs less than 2 lbs per leg, and gathers power from the braking portion of a person’s stride, similar to regenerative braking in a hybrid car.

Powerwalk kinetic energy harvesterimage via Bionic Power Inc.

According to Yad Garcha, CEO of Bionic Power Inc., the amount of power that the PowerWalk can produce is an order of magnitude more than many of the other harvesting devices, producing and average 12 watts of power from walking and 20+ watts while walking downhill. ”This is a lot of power for most users,” he told us. “The average cell phone user does not need that type of power.”

For this reason, dismounted soldiers and first responders needing power for two-way radios and other such high-powered devices comprise the main market for the Powerwalk. However, the company also seeks to serve the global market for off-grid power, in light of the fact that  over 2 billion people worldwide have no access to power, and the Powerwalk can produce enough power to light up a home for several hours with LED lights.



Sports and Such.

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Dungarvan Country Show: Held very year in last week in July (except 2009 – rained off). Great fun and enjoyment for all the family. I strongly recommend getting there early to see the grooming of the animals for the “Best in Class” events. Seeing a 500kg bull being pampered and ‘fluffed’ is a sight to behold!

The Biggest Boy at the Fair

The biggest boy at the fair of Dungarvan

One of the many 'classic' tractors at the fair 2010


Golf: We have 3 competition courses nearby within 20kms (offering 3 for 2 rates !) around Dungarvan

as well as 3kms West of us the 9-hol Lismore Golf Club – right under the faery tale Lismore Castle.

For the more adventurous there is the famous Scottish school of golfing that we are proud to be associated with.;<a href=”“>Golf Instruction School</a><br />2 to 5 day golf schools for every standard of golfer, beginners to advanced with 8 PGA qualified professionals and a state of the art video swing analysis suite