Fermoy, County Cork

fermoy-0-1639019fermoy-0-1639019fermoy-2-1637152fermoy-3-3654380fermoy-4-5175338 Fermoy, situated in the centre of the lush Blackwater Valley, is a small town in County Cork. Located to the south of Ireland, the town derives its name from the Irish word ‘Mainistir Fhear Maí, which denotes ‘Monastery of the Men of the Plain’. Name of the town refers to the Cistercian abbey founded in the 13th century. The significance of the abbey can be discerned from the fact that after the establishment of the abbey in 1170, the town flourished.

The area around the Cistercian Abbey, which comprised small town, was bought by a Scotsman, John Anderson, in 1791. Being an entrepreneur, he put in ardent efforts to develop the town. Owing to his commitment towards the prosperity of the town, he commenced the development of roads and mail coach system in Ireland. During the early 19th century, the town began to beckon military. Thereafter, the town became a manufacturing and services base for the British army and remained so until 1922.

Religious tradition of the town still remains intact and is a source of pride for its residents. St. Colmans, Presentation and Loreto are the three orders currently engaged in imparting education to the young population of the town. This mesmerising town, which is situated on the crossroads between the Rosslare/Killarney and Dublin/Cork routes, offers some marvellous opportunities for inland fishing.

Fermoy is blessed with Blackwater and Funcheon rivers, which have made it a renowned inland fishing centre, especially for trout, salmon and coarse fishing. Over the years, the town has gained an enviable reputation as a famed site for coarse and salmon angling. Surrounding countryside bestow the town with an alluring appeal. The scenic charm of the town can largely be attributed to the existence of valleys and mountains.

This enthralling town is adorned with fine country houses, gardens, historic sites and castles, apart from the sights of historical importance. Spectacular scenery of the town can be relished from the Knockmealdown Mountain. The picturesque river-side walk at Barnane is amongst the highlights of this enchanting town. Fermoy Rowing Club organises two annual regattas in May and September, which summons both foreigners and locals.

Although the town is one of the major centres of commerce in Ireland, the panoramic allure of the town has remained unspoilt even with this development. Fermoy boasts chemical production, ice-cream manufacturing and power product manufacturing industries. Companies like Sanmina-SCI Corporation and FCI Connectors have also established their electronics manufacturing plants in the town. Moorepark Research Institute, a government body engaged in agricultural and food research, is another feather in the cap of this magnificent town.

Commercial development of the town has bestowed it with an extensive connectivity within Ireland. M8 motorway bypass provides easy connectivity to commuters visiting this charming town. Bus Eireann service has also realised the importance of the town for Ireland, by linking it with Cork and Dublin. The ingenious allure of the town has beckoned professionals and scholars, who have spent a major part of their formative years in Fermoy.

Fermoy is replete with historical monuments, which is a reflection of its important location in the former years.

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