Up the Suir

During the IHAI trip to the Suir in May 2010, Ralph O’Callaghan (son of William O’Callaghan; grandson of the last man to take a cargo upriver to Clonmel) showed us around the Carrick-on-Suir waterside and addressed the group in the Carrick heritage centre. He showed a model of a yawl (the horse-drawn vessel used for the traffic upstream from Carrick to Clonmel) equipped as a sand-dredger.

Later, we walked some of the towing-path upstream from Carrick, then took a bus to Kilsheelan. Ralph had come up by water in the Canadian canoe he had had built when he lived in the Americas. He offered to take two of us upriver to the Anner Bridge, where the rest of the group was heading on the bus. I leaped at the chance.

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Then we went for a guided tour of the Bulmers plant. The industrial archaeology enthusiast’s life is a hard one.

7 responses to “Up the Suir

  1. Great photos, I enjoyed the canoe trip

  2. Thank you. bjg

  3. Excellent photos. Very interesting to see the many weirs and shallows.

  4. Congratulations Grandad. Give my love to your wife

  5. I love the photos. My son and I walked the tow path from Ferryhouse to Carrick on Sunday, a glorious day for a walk. We passed by the weirs in your photos although I was unaware that they had names or were weirs for that matter. There’s an article about some of them on the Folklore Commission website naming the main ones between Carrick and Clonmel. The author refers to them as “Gaps”- presumably the navigable passage through the weirs. Linlk to the article below;

    https://www.duchas.ie/en/cbes/5162149/5158899

    Something else we found of interest was a few still-existent stone boathouses beside the river. Near to Carrick there are new metal ladders providing access to the river from the high banks. Frequently these are alongside older wooden ladders. Some of the new ladders have name plaques attached recording the place names on teh river. The two that I noted were Poll gan Súil and Drochulla. The best I can make of translating them is Unexpected Hole and The Evil Eye.

  6. Thanks, Mick: very interesting. I think that most rivers that had fisheries had names for very specific stretches and features. bjg

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