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The Blackwater is one of Ireland’s largest rivers, second only to the mighty Shannon. It rises in the Mullaghareirk mountains of East Kerry, and flows eastwards for 169km – through counties Cork and Waterford – until it enters the sea at Youghal in East Cork. It is renowned for its salmon fishing, and fishing stands and stiles may be noted along the riverbank. A typical riverside environment, it is home to herons, swans, mallards, water hens, snipe, tern, kingfishers and many more water birds.