"Lismore, Haven for travel Writers" Lismore by Ekaterinburg

Lismore Travel Guide: 23 reviews and 43 photos

Home to Poets, Painters, Saints and Scholars

Lismore is not on the main tourist trail (although signposted on the N72 to Killarney) and remains relatively unknown to visitors from other countries. On VT for example, there has not been one single page, tip or photo on Lismore up until now. With this page I hope to direct your attention to a beautiful town in the heart of the Irish countryside, dominated by a spectacular castle and so steeped in history, it can be difficult to find your way back to the present.

Sir Walter Raleigh lived here, as did the scientist, Robert Boyle, of Boyle's Law fame. Thackeray, Spenser and Betjeman are just some of the literary greats who came here for inspiration. There was a uuniversity here as early as the 8th century AD and manuscripts and artefacts from the Early Christian and nedieval eras are on display in the town.

Lismore Annual Travel Writers Fest

Each year in June, Lismore hosts IMMRA, its Travel Writing Festival. In the past few years greats like Dervla Murphy, Michael Palin and Robert Fisk have held audiences in the palms of their hands. It's a 3-day event and for travel writers like all us VTers, a pretty cool way to spend a weekend.
Lismore actually has a direct connection with my VT name. The week I joined, I'd been reading 'Through Siberia by Accident ' by Dervla Murphy and the name Ekaterinburg just sort of leapt out and on to the page. Dervla Murphy is Ireland's most prolific travel writer and this woman has travelled the world, mostly on bycicles and mules and written the most enthralling books. Dervla was born and still lives in Lismore. I think we should make her an honorary VT member

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Will challenge your intellect and stimulate your imagination.
  • Cons:Can be a little difficult to get to
  • In a nutshell:You won't be sorry you came.
  • Last visit to Lismore: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated Aug 3, 2014
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    What a wonderful and green country you live in. It keeps up the spirit for a proud culture

  • ettiewyn's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2011 at 6:23 AM

    Fabulous tips! The castle is featured in the 2007 film of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, so I got curious about the location. I would love to go there, it looks spectacular, even if you can't go inside!

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    looks great, must check it out sometime. happy new year, have a great 2009.

  • DAO's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2008 at 2:18 AM

    U2 Katherine.

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2008 at 6:29 AM

    very nice page kathrine. i really like that you give good old dervla murphy a mention, she's one of the greatest travellers ever.

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2007 at 5:10 PM

    very detailed and informative page. seems like a mid sized town with lot of country side flavour. xclent pics.

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2007 at 2:55 AM

    Wonderful page and so well written. the artisan cottages in Church lane could me my wee house in Tain with a major face lift!

  • craic's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2007 at 10:45 PM

    there is a lismore in oz and i was there once on a poet's tour - but it def. doesn't have any of this lismore's delights - inlucing stained glass by Burne-Jones

  • etfromnc's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2007 at 4:08 PM

    Thanks for getting the Lismore tour guide started. I've not been there but I have bought quite a bit of the crystal pattern through the years.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2007 at 7:21 AM

    Lismore looks like a lovely little town! Poking around old castles, gardens and graveyards is fun! Good advice re seeing the countryside - we drove north of there from Avoca to Limerick. Nice tip on Foley's - just had a beef & guinness meal last week!

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