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Satnav coordinates

Lismore meeting spot - Latitude = 52° 8.592'   Longitude = -7° 55.895'
Ballyduff Church car park - Latitude =
52° 8.804'   Longitude = -8° 3.221'

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The blue line along the north bank of the river shows the extent of the Gairha beat.

The Gairha beat is located along the north bank of the Blackwater, from 200m upstream of the bridge at Ballyduff to Welsh's Pool, 2.8km downstream. A detailed map of the beat will be provided for your convenience on your first day showing the most favourable pools to fish. A ghillie is available, if you require, to help familiarise you with the Gairha beat.

Where to Meet

On the first day you come fishing at Gairha we will arrange to meet you so that you can receive the latest river updates and a map of the beat. If you have requested the services of our ghilly then we'll also introduce you to him at that time. We will normally call you the night before and, depending on the latest river reports, will arrange to meet you in Ballyduff or just outside Lismore.


If you are coming from the direction of Fermoy, we will meet you in front of St. Micheal's Church in Ballyduff village. From there we will show you the access points to the river.



If you are coming from the Lismore direction, cross over the bridge and take the first left onto the R666, the Fermoy Road, and stop in the lay-by on the right hand side (on the corner) 100m after you turn onto the R666. From there we will show you the access points to the river.

Beat Map

Note: This beat map shows the river from a fisherman's perspective on the north bank - South is up!
 Right-click on the map and 'Save Image As' to save and print a copy of this map.

Local Interest!

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We pride ourselves on promoting ladies of all ages, so if you do not fish and would love to learn, then, we have professional fly fishing instructors on hand to teach the art of fishing with double or singlehanded fly rods.

  • Dromana House & Gardens - perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the strikingly beautiful, unspoilt river Blackwater, Dromana is surrounded by a 600 acre privately owned estate with numerous woodland and garden walks. Several interesting historic follies are also to be seen throughout the grounds including an ancient outer fortification, boathouse and slipway down to the river. This period property is lovingly maintained by the 21st generation of the same family who have lived on this location since 1200.

  • Tourin House & Gardens - three miles from Cappoquin and the Heritage town of Lismore, over 5 acres of rare, mature woodland and walled garden offer a beautiful seasonal display. The original historic sixteenth century tower house still stands and can be seen from the garden overlooking the river Blackwater.

  • Lismore Castle - this historical gem on the Blackwater offers many distractions for both the fisherman and fisherman's widow alike!

  • Fermoy - Fermoy is a small town (population approx. 5,000) situated in the centre of the lush Blackwater Valley. It is on the crossroads between the Rosslare/Killarney and Dublin/Cork routes. Renowned for inland fishing it is an attractive base to explore the history and amenities of North and East Co. Cork.

  • Cork City - The ultimate shopping experience in this neck of the woods is but a 40 minute drive away!


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