History of Fermoy

Fermoy is a thriving commercial town with a population almost 6,000, situated on the River Blackwater, about 30 km north of Cork City, to which it is connected by the newly constructed M8 motorway.

The Irish name of the town, Mainistir Fhear Maí, meaning Monastery of the Welcome Plain, refers to a Cistercian abbey founded in the 12th century and a ford on the Blackwater, around which the town grew up.

Tradition has it that the first Military force, Militia, to come to Fermoy did so from the South in the year 1797 and camped and watered their horses at a stream on the South side of the town. The place where this occurred is believed to be the stream at Fant's Cross at Strawhall.

This was the beginning of Fermoy as a Garrison town. You can find out more about Fermoy's history on Paudie McGrath's very comprehensive website dedicated to the town.

There is a huge weatlh of heritage sites to visit in the town and its environs.  Fermoy is in the heart of the Avondhu region and avondhuheritagearchive.com details all of the essential heritage sites of the area.  It is continually updated and well worth a look.



"Stayed two nights recently as I was in Fermoy for a family reunion. Really enjoyed the Grand Hotel. The food was excellent and the staff are very friendly and professional. The rooms have recently undergone a face lift and they are now fresh and modern. The ground floor is fabulous, what a change from the last time we were there. Great central location and definitely value for money."

JMC, Kilkenny

March 2010



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