Episode Summary

Pól O Conghaile, travel journalist and broadcaster, is in West Waterford to walk two routes in the Comeragh Mountains. His first walk takes him through the Mahon Valley to a well-known landmark in the area, the Mahon Falls.

En route, Pól stops off in the village of Killrossanty to meet retired schoolteacher and local historian, Síle Murphy and they discuss the history of the village. Pól and his guide Declan McGrath continue their route into the Mahon Falls which is an easy walk suitable for all ages and takes about 20 minutes. They discuss the geology of the Comeraghs and the flora and fauna along the way and what makes the Mahon Falls a notable landmark in the area. Pól continues up the hill and enjoys the dramatic view back down the valley to the sea and Dungarvan town.

For Pól’s second walk he meets his second guide Michael Desmond. They walk parts of two looped walks in the Nire Valley, following the trail known as The Gap Walk and then join a second and longer loop known as the Coumduala Loop. This section of the Coumduala Loop will bring them uphill and onto part of the Knockanaffrin Ridge from where they will get a wonderful view of the Nire Valley.

Map of routes walked
Route Maps Showing 2 Walks
Series 5 Episode 2 Video Promo

Episode Details

  • Original Broadcast Date

    6th March 2015

  • County

    Waterford

  • Maps and Information

    OSI Discovery Series Sheet 75

    Additional local walks from IrishTrails.ie

Photographs from the walk