The wreck of the Lismore lies in 35m(LW) / 38m(HW) of water. It is approximately six nautical miles south-west of Kilmore Quay (half way between Kilmore Quay and Hook Head in fact). The wreck is well broken up but it never fails to impress and it’s always a really great dive.
To get to the stern you should see the drive shaft extending along the bottom leading to the props beneath the stern. If you’re planning on doing the bow and you see a long cylindrical pipe, turn back, you’re heading towards the stern! Along the way you may spot bollards and metal plates until the impressive stern rises tall out of the sand. The stern section is stuffed full of fish life, congers, bib, whiting and pollack.
Heading off towards the bow there is extensive wreckage scattered around with a few pieces making swim-throughs for those that dare. The bow section forms a small enclosed room that teems with fish life including wrasse, pollack, bib and ling. It is possible to do numerous swim-throughs at this point. The wreck is also covered in lobsters, crabs and many conger eels of all sizes, from very small to enormous. There is a huge boiler sitting on the seabed as well with lots of holes of varying sizes. These were filled with life.
Due to the strange currents about the wreck, this dive should only be undertaken by adequately trained divers who are able to deal with varying conditions. It is not unusual to have a current running on the shot line with little or no water movement on the bottom. While the wreck itself is not a challenging dive, it is on the very limits for sports divers.
Check out this amazing video of the wreck, filmed by Mike Orth, Thanks Mike!