Munster Blackwater

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River Blackwater at Fermoy

The Blackwater or Munster Blackwater is a river which flows through the counties of Kerry, Cork, and Waterford. It rises in the Mullaghareirk Mountains in County Kerry and then flows in an easterly direction through County Cork, through Mallow and Fermoy. It then enters County Waterford where it flows through Lismore, before abruptly turning south at Cappoquin, and finally draining into the Celtic Sea at Youghal Harbour. In total, the Blackwater is 105 miles long. The total catchment area of the River Blackwater is 1,283 sq. miles.[1] The long term average flow rate of the River Blackwater is 19,600 gallons per second[2]

The Blackwater is notable for being one of the best salmon fishing rivers in the country. Like many British and Irish rivers, salmon stocks declined in recent years, but the Irish Government banned commercial netting of salmon off the coast of Ireland in November 2006.


Tributaries of the Blackwater include:


Towns along the river are Youghal, Cappoquin, Lismore, Fermoy, Mallow and Rathmore.

Blackwater Estuary

The Blackwater Estuary was listed on the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance on 11 June 1996.[3]


  1. South Eastern River Basin District Management System. Page 38 [1]
  2. South Eastern River Basin District Management System. Page 38 [2]
  3. "Ramsar List". Retrieved 1 April 2013. 

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