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River Suir showcase seminar

Information from South Tipperary County Council

River Suir Showcase Seminar

Tuesday 31st January, Carrig Hotel, Carrick-on-Suir. Time: 3-7pm

Do you have an interest in or love for the River Suir? If so, you are invited to come along to this first River Suir Showcase seminar in Carrick-on-Suir. As well as short talks on a range of river-related topics, there will be specialists from the various bodies that have responsibility for different aspects of the river on hand to answer any queries. Topics include inland waterways, boating on the Suir, fisheries, water quality, water safety, wildlife, the river navigation, invasive species, community and voluntary activities, and heritage survey projects on the Suir and the Nore.

Everyone is welcome to attend the entire seminar or to drop in for a short time. So come along and meet other river people and find out what activities are going on along the river.

This event is a follow up to requests from local people during the Suir River Cafe during Clonmel Junction Festival and community workshops in Ardfinnan, Cahir, Clonmel and Carrick-on-Suir over the summer undertaken as part of the Waterways Forward project.

It is an opportunity to share river information or just to hear about all the projects that are underway.

To book a free place: please contact: Margo Hayes, Tel: 051 642109 or margo.hayes@southtippcoco.ie

For further details on River Suir projects see [the website]: http://www.southtippheritage.ie/riversuir or contact Labhaoise McKenna, Heritage Officer, South Tipperary County Council heritage@southtippcoco.ie


The Suir Navigation

News reaches us that the fisheries folk, who were threatening to block the Suir (Carrick to Clonmel) navigation with a weir so that they could count fish, have removed the material they had put on site without planning permission. Let joy be unconfined (but let not vigilance be relaxed).


Here is a short piece about the Suir in Clonmel and the opportunities for appreciating its natural and built heritage.

A medieval priory and its lessons for Irish waterways history

See The Stones of Athassel here.

Old boats

I’ve set up a new page on which I intend to collect pics showing older Irish inland (and estuarial) working boats. I’ve started it off with a copy of the posting (below) about Portobello and a photo of a yawl at Clonmel; this is a page that will have material added as I come across it.

Up the Suir

I don’t know if you remember, but a few months ago we had sunshine, and it was warm outside. Back then, at the end of May in fact, I went on the Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland‘s tour of Carrick-on-Suir, Clonmel and areas in between.

In Carrick, Ralph O’Callaghan showed us some of the sights and addressed the group in the Heritage Centre. Here are some of the things he showed us.

Ralph O'Callaghan shows a model of a yawl (a horse-drawn boat used to carry goods between Carrick and Clonmel)

This yawl is equipped for sand-dredging

Note the large rudder

The yawl

A steel shoe for one of the 30' poles used by Suir and Barrow boatmen

A hand-made net for snap-net fishing

After lunch, I was fortunate to be one of two people who got a trip in Ralph O’Callaghan’s canoe, from Kilsheelan upstream to the Anner bridge just downstream of Sir Thomas’s Bridge, which is itself downstream of Clonmel.

I have set up a small (approx 120-photo) slide show to give an idea of the conditions on the Suir at the time. The water level was low after several dry weeks, but the previous winter’s floods may have left more silt than usual. At any event, a successful passage required Ralph’s skills and his intimate knowledge of the river and its weirs. You can see some of the weirs, and the gorgeous scenery, in the show.

I am very grateful to both Ralph O’Callaghan and Fred Hamond for facilitating the boat trip and for sharing their immense knowledge of the Suir.

If you like interesting boats, you’ll like Ralph’s canoe.

An update on the Suir

I have updated my page about the River Suir above Carrick. I have added photos on some locations above Clonmel (Cahir, Athassel, Golden); I have also added a new section about the infrastructure of the navigation between Carrick and Clonmel. That section has benefited greatly from the information provided by Fred Hamond on the tour he organised for the Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland earlier this year. Several of the photos taken on the tour show warm, sunny weather. They will also, I hope, help to draw attention to the delights of the Suir.

The Anner canal

Just east of the Bulmers factory in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, the Anner runs southwards to its confluence with the River Suir. A short distance north of the N24 (the road to Waterford), a canal separates off from the river and runs down the far side of a field, passing under the N24 a short distance to the east of the Anner. The bridge under which it passed is (or was, on the 1904 Ordnance Survey map) called Canal Bridge, which is the only information I have to suggest that this watercourse was thought of as a canal. I have a few photos of it here.