Get To Know Your Agent: Focus on Tramore

Get To Know Your Agent: Focus on Tramore

MyHome.ie are delighted to kick-off a new feature today called ‘Get To Know Your Agent’.

Each week we will focus on a particular area of the country and speak to the agents on the ground to get their recommendations of the best that the area has to offer.

We’re kicking off in Tramore, Co Waterford with contributions from Michael Griffin of Griffin Auctioneers, Barry Herterich of Property Partners Barry Herterich and Clodagh McDonald of Lawrence & McDonald.

So if you live in or near Tramore or equally if you’re planning a visit there, check out their recommendations of the best places to check out.

Michael Griffin – Griffin Auctioneers

 

 

 

 

 

How long have you lived/worked in your county/area?

After returning from the U.S. in 2003, I began working as an estate agent alongside my father Brian Griffin. Since his passing in 2010 I have successfully grown the agency and have firmly established ‘Griffin Auctioneers’ as one of Waterford’s leading estate agency practices.

Favourite public amenity in your area?

Tramore Beach is quite simply amazing and has helped the whole community stay sane during the past year through Covid. We are lucky to have such a wonderful, beautiful amenity on our doorstep.

The stunning beach in Tramore

Favourite restaurant/coffee shop?

The town is thriving in recent years with many new businesses after opening. There are loads of great cafes and restaurants such as The Pier Café, Moe’s, Mollies & Brooklyn at the seafront. The Waterfront with its amazing veranda, The Beach House for top class cuisine and O’Neills & The Esquire for gastro pub flavour. The town centre is being revamped at present with the new Public Realm Scheme underway and major attractions such as Seagull Bakery, Mezze and The Vee hit the spot quite frequently.

The Pier Café

Is there a local market or farmers’ market?

Priest Road on a Saturday has a wonderful variety of stalls. It’s a hive of activity and really adds a bit of atmosphere to the town centre and the weekends. Everything from fresh fish, fresh bread, jams, and vegetables can be sourced from the local market.

Best takeaway?

There are some great takeaways dotted around the town. Being a seaside town famous for fish n’ chips, Dooly’s, Massimo’s and McCarthy’s lead the way. Alan in Dooly’s always has a positive word and a laugh, so don’t leave Tramore without popping in for one of their famous specials day or night. You might even get a tip for a horse!

Dooly’s is renowned for their fresh fish and chips

Favourite bar?

The ‘Vic’ has always been my local and it’s really after a getting a spark under new ownership, with Pat, Donagh and Sarah after doing an amazing job to the pub and the beer garden. The Ritz is an excellent venue also with a beautiful beer garden and top-quality pizza not to be missed. And O’Neill’s and The Old Forge for all major sport events. Murph’s is the go-to spot for live music too!

Victoria House – or ‘The Vic’ as it is known by locals

Favourite sporting facility?

There are loads and loads of great clubs in the area – soccer, GAA, tennis, golf, surfing, boxing, swimming and a host of others. There’s something for everyone of all ages and stages. If you are active, Tramore has it all but for me the beach is my favourite sporting facility where I can run/walk/surf/stand up paddle board and swim all for free all year round! 

Favourite Place to Walk?

The Doneraile Walk is a real treasure, no matter how many times you stroll across there – no matter the weather it never fails to deliver. It’s absolutely breathtaking. There are plenty of benches to sit down and the Coastguard Cultural Station rests at the start of it where you can pop in for a coffee, some yoga or an art exhibition. The walk continues through The Pier along the Cliff Road outwards to the swimming mecca Newtown Cove the Guilamene. If you still have the legs, follow the loop to the Metal Man and back down Newtown Hill and sit yourself down at The Cove Stores for a 99’ and a coffee. That is a sure way to spend a day.

At the end of a walk you can get an ice cream or coffee in The Cove Stores and take in the breathtaking sea views

Area of Scenic Beauty?

Some years ago, friends of mine were in Australia and recall walking around Fraser Island in Queensland with a bunch of back packers from every part of the world. The back packers were in awe of the scenery, but the lads were saying it was just like the Sandhills back home. The others would not believe them until they went back to the hostel and the lads googled some images of Tramore’s sandhills, the back strand and saleens. It really is that beautiful and even boasts its very own microclimate down there. On a sunny day down there, there’s no place like it.

The Sandhills

Best children’s attraction in the area?

The ‘rock pools’ at low tide on the ladies slip is fantastic fun especially in the summer months, the kids love it. And the playground at Cannon’s Field is superb and a great place to catch up and have a chat with other parents while the kids run around safely.

Is there a must see in your area?

Get to the top of ‘The Baldy Man’ in the Sand Dunes, overlooking the back strand, a secret surf spot, a fishing haven and views back across the bay to the town and the mountains in the distance. It puts perspective on a lot.

The best thing about living in your area is…

The convenience, everything that you require is on the doorstep.


Barry Herterich –  Property Partners Barry Herterich

 

 

 

 

How long have you lived/worked in your county/area?

I was born in Waterford and grew up in Tramore. I returned to live here in 2003 after being away for 12 years. It was the quality of life here that brought me back.

Favourite public amenity in your area?

The beach for surfing and the Back Strand and Sand Hills for a run.

Surfing is a big past time in Tramore

Favourite restaurant/coffee shop?

I haven’t tried the Beach House yet because it only opened just before Covid and it was impossible to get into last summer but I heard it’s great. The view from the terrace in the Waterfront restaurant is spectacular. Brooklyn on the Promenade is great for pizza and The Ranch on Strand Road does a brilliant burger.

The Beach House

Is there a local market or farmers’ market?

At the moment there is a farmers’ market in the Church car park on Priests Road but I understand there are plans to possibly have one beside the old Railway Station at the entrance to Tramore.

Best takeaway?

Dooly’s for fish, Voujon for Indian, The Ranch for a burger, Brooklyn for pizza.

The Ranch is recommended for a burger

Favourite bar?

The Victoria House, or ‘The Vic’ as the locals call it, is a great bar with one of the best beer gardens in the country with spectacular views of Tramore Bay and Sand Hills. The Ritz by the Cove has a great atmosphere and if you want to watch any sport O’Neills beside my office on Main Street is the place to go.

O’Neill’s Bar is right next to Barry’s office

Favourite sporting facility?

I play golf and Tramore Golf Club has 27 holes meaning that you can always get out for a game. The 18 hole Old Course is one of the best parkland courses in the country. The surf in Tramore is not like the west of Ireland but it’s pretty good if you’re at my level and Newtown Cove and the Guilemene are great swimming spots.

Golf is a popular past time in Tramore

Favourite Place to Walk?

I live out by Tramore’s famous Metal Man and it’s a great place for a walk but when the tide is out the you can’t beat the beach.

The famous Metal Man in Tramore

Area of Scenic Beauty?

The back strand and sand hills with the tide constantly moving in and out is just beautiful.

Best children’s attraction in the area?

Newtown Cove for swimming, the skate park and play park on the Promenade are great free amenities.

Newtown Cove is renowned as a swimming hotspot

Is there a must see in your area?

Take a kayak along the Copper coast between Bonmahon and Tramore, it’s spectacular.

The best thing about living in your area is…

The quality of life is just brilliant and as a father of three young girls it’s just a fabulous place to raise a family.


Clodagh McDonald – Lawrence & McDonald

 

 

 

 

How long have you lived/worked in your county/area?

I was born and bred in Tramore and have lived here all my life. I set up Lawrence & McDonald here in 1993 so as well as being home it is also my place of business.

Lawrence & McDonald’s offices

Favourite public amenity in your area?

Tramore Beach.

Favourite restaurant/coffee shop?

The Vee and Seagull Bakery.

The Vee

Is there a local market or farmers’ market?

Yes, in the Church car park.

Best takeaway?

Voujon for the best Indian takeaway, Hartley’s for the best fish pie and, of course, Dooly’s for fish and chips.

Voujon Café is a well established Indian in Tramore

Favourite bar?

The Vic and The Ritz.

The Ritz in Tramore

Favourite sporting facility?

I love to go sailing and boating from the pier. 

Favourite Place to Walk?

The Doneraile.

The Doneraile offers epic views while out walking

Area of Scenic Beauty?

The Copper Coast.

Best children’s attraction in the area?

Splashworld.

Splashworld is a great day out for all the family

Is there a must see in your area?

Carrigavantry and Ballyscanlon Lakes, they are just 2km from Tramore but are definitely worth checking out.

Carrigavantry Lake

The best thing about living in your area is…

That there is such fantastic amenities, good schools etc. There’s also always a great atmosphere in the town and you just can’t beat that fresh sea air!


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