On my page about the Upper Suir from Clonmel to Carrick-on-Suir, I wrote this:
A short distance below Sir Thomas’s Bridge, the Anner flows in: the Anner Mills of the 1840s were replaced by Anner House in the 1900s.There was a mooring post at the confluence. A further short distance below, the 1904 map (but not the 1840s map) shows a channel joining the Suir: it leaves the Anner above Inchanabraher, where there are stepping stones, runs along the edge of a small wood and passes a lodge and then goes under a road before it joins the Suir. The road bridge is marked Canal Bridge. I have no information about the canal and would like to know more: if you can help, please leave a Comment below.
I’ve headed this page “The Anner canal” but that’s just for convenience: I have no idea what, if anything, this canal was called, what it was for, who built it, when it was built or what, if anything, was ever carried on it. In fact, apart from having taken some photos that confirm the existence of a body of water, I know no more than I did when I wrote the paragraph quoted above. If you know anything about this canal, do please leave a Comment below.
Driving from Rosslare Harbour to Limerick the other day, I stopped to have a look at this canal where the N24 road crosses it, just east of the Bulmers factory, which itself is on the east side of Clonmel. The current road bridge is a little way downstream of an older bridge, which may be the Canal Bridge of 1904. The current bridge is numbered: I presume that road engineers fear that their bridges will get lost ….
The current N24 bridge over the canal
Looking downstream (southwards) from the N24 bridge
The north side of the N24 road bridge
Looking upstream from the north side of the N24 road bridge
Although there are several canals that were designed for small boats, this one seems ridiculously small. Could it have been a flood-prevention canal (if such a thing there be)? Or part of a millstream? Or an irrigation channel? The OS map shows no sign of a mill along the canal, although there was a mill on the other side, west of the Anner, where Bulmers now is. Nor is there any sign of any wharf or quay or of any building that might have been source or destination for any cargo to be carried. Accordingly, the flood relief idea seems most likely to me, faute de mieux, nut I would welcome enlightenment from anyone who actually knows.
The east bank of the canal between the old and new bridges
The railings of the old bridge can be seen through the foliage
This entrance is just east of the canal
The Anner itself, by the way, is further west, a little closer to Clonmel.
The bridge over the Anner (with number)
The Anner (looking upstream)
The Anner (looking downstream)