About Dunmore Road
The Dunmore Road area of Waterford is one of the most popular residential areas of the city. In recent years, it has seen massive growth, not only in housing stock, but in amenities including restaurants, retail, personal services and recreation facilities for children and adults alike.
The area has easy access to some of the most popular schools in the city and to Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), which has again been awarded the accolade of top-rated institute of technology in Ireland.
University Hospital Waterford is located within walking distance, making it a popular residential area for hospital staff.
In the nearby Ardkeen and Farronshoneen areas you will find the major supermarkets, home improvement stores, electrical retailers, pharmacies and more. Located in the same area, Activate Waterford is popular with families who enjoy soft play, bowling, climbing wall, mini golf and lazer tag.
As the Dunmore Road is situated towards the eastern edge of the city it has easy access to the countryside, including scenic walks in Faithlegg and Passage East. It also is within easy reach of the beautiful seaside village of Dunmore East, famed for its secluded coves and seafood restaurants.
History and Culture
University Hospital Waterford has its origins in the Ardkeen Chest Hospital which was established in 1952. It developed in Waterford Regional Hospital in 1959, renamed UHW in more recent times.
Nearby Newtown is one of the most historic parts of the city, as is evident from the abundance of period properties in the area. Famed architect John Roberts was born is Waterford in 1712 and is well known the properties he designed in the area, including Newtown House in 1786. This later became Newtown School, a Quaker School. The Quakers first settled in Waterford in 1655 and are responsible for building many of the most notable buildings in the city, including The Granville Hotel on the Quay and Strangman’s Brewery in Mary Street.
As Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford boasts over 1,000 years of rich history. Viking raiders first established a settlement near Waterford in 853. They left a considerable mark on Waterford, evident in the spectacular Reginald’s Tower. Named after Viking ruler, Ragnall, who resided there during the 10th century. The tower is a tourism hot spot, and the surrounding area an important cultural and recreational centre.
St Angela’s Secondary and Primary Schools offer education to girls from junior infants to 6th Class.
De La Salle College accommodates over 1000 boys and Waterpark College is a co-educational secondary school. Both schools are located on the Park Road in the city along with their primary school equivalents.
Newtown School (secondary and primary), welcomes students of all religious backgrounds and those of none.
The Presentation and Our Lady of Mercy secondary schools are Catholic girl schools.
St. Paul’s Community College and Abbey Community College are co-educational, inter denominational secondary schools.
Gaelcholaiste Phortlairge is an Irish speaking secondary school on the outskirts of the city. Its primary feeder school is located close by.
Little Explorers Montessori School is a popular choice for pre-schoolers and has an after-school club also.
Dine and Drink
The Dunmore Road area has a large selection of restaurants, takeaways and bars.
The Woodlands Hotel is a popular destination for visitors to the city. The in-house Brasscock bar and restaurant is a popular dining spot for locals. The large function room serves as a venue for entertainment shows and live music.
The River Cottage serves good quality pub grub and has an attractive outdoor dining area and landscaped gardens.
Grow HQ, well-known as the setting for the RTE programme, Grow, Cook, Eat is also within walking distance. Here diners enjoy high-quality, seasonal dishes crafted from produce grown in the adjacent gardens.
Slice Wood Fire Pizza is serves fresh artisan pizza and has a charming indoor and outdoor seating area for those who wish to dine in, rather than take-away.
Oskars Bar and Restaurant is a long-established institution on the Dunmore Road area. A well-stocked bar and carvery-style food offering makes it ideal for lunch or after work drinks.
Adjacent lies Kambo Oriental Restaurant, serving Chinese and Thai dishes, with takeaway and sit-in options.