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The Bandon River flows along some of the most scenic locations in
Ireland with healthy numbers of salmon, sea trout and brown
trout throughout the system. Fly rods and equipment are
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The Bandon River - A journey
The River Bandon is one of Ireland’s most
pleasant and peaceful rivers. Rising on the slopes of the
Mountains, it meanders eastwards through
Bandon and Innishannon until it flows past picturesque Kinsale to complete
its journey to the sea.
A few miles east of its source lies
Togher Castle, a 16th
Century fortress built by the McCarthys.
All that remains of
their castle now is an evocative shell overlooking the river,
echoing with history...
We come next to
Dunmanway, home town of the GAA’s
where we meet potter Finn Kearney who was brought up on the
banks of the river.
“We played there all the time when we were
young”, he says. “One of my strongest memories is going up with
my parents and swimming on a Sunday.”
The troubled history of the Bandon Valley is also evident at the
Castle Bernard. We meet Frances Carter, the
granddaughter of the Earl of Bandon who was kidnapped by Tom
Barry and his flying column in the final weeks of the War of
Famous for its salmon, the Bandon is rich with fishing lore,
stories of the ones that got away and of poachers and their
brazen humour. A retired Garda, Noel Kevane tells of a souvenir
left for the river bailiffs – a salmon skeleton with a note
attached: “Where were you when I was in trouble?”
The Mayor of the town of Bandon, Gillian Coughlan, proudly
boasts of the town’s produce – “the finest meat and bacon in
However these days maybe its most famous export is
comedian and TV Host,
Graham Norton and who better to tell us
about him than his mother, Mrs. Rhoda Walker.
Was Graham funny
as a boy? “He could be,” she replies, “but I’m not saying too
much about him because he’ll eat me.” A scenic river walk was
opened in Bandon 2013 named the Graham Norton Walkway.
The river winds its way onto Innishannon, it means alot to Alice
Taylor, popular author of “To School Through The Fields”. “If
I’m having a bad day I walk over to the bridge and I lean over
the river. There’s something about the river, it’s so calming.”
The final stretch of this beautiful river glides past the rowing
at Kimacsimon and onto the estuary and harbour at
guarded by the forts, James &
Charles of yesteryear.