Tag Archives: Tipperary

Killaloe bridge

More on the new bridge here with the full public notice here [PDF]. Interesting to see how many of the names of landowners are known to me.

I see on page 6 of the notice that the ESB owns two rivers, which are occupied by the ESB, Waterways Ireland, the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland and other unknown persons. There is a canal, whose owners are unknown, which is occupied by WI, IWAI and the persons unknown, as is an island. I do hope that the council will return the canal, rivers and island when they’ve built the bridge.

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


Finding Lough Derg

The Mid-West Regional Authority is seeking tenders for developing a “Signage Audit & Strategy for the Lough Derg Destination Area”.

The strategy is to cover

the Lough Derg Destination Area from Portumna to Ballina/Killaloe including the major settlements within this boundary incorporating both sides of Lough Derg ….

It involves auditing existing signposts within three miles of Lough Derg, consulting “key stakeholders” and developing a new signposting plan for the region. The new signage is to guide visitors to and through the Lough Derg Destination Area, to benefit the “local host community” and to provide a “comprehensive, branded, co-ordinated signage strategy for the Lough Derg Destination Area which will also inform and direct signage in the future”.




A medieval priory and its lessons for Irish waterways history

See The Stones of Athassel here.

Suir railway

If George Stephenson, Father of Railways, had had his way, you would have been able to travel from Carrick-on-Suir to Waterford by river – but in a railway carriage. Read about it here.

Ephemera 10: the pontoons at Ballina

Do my eyes deceive me?

The still-unopened mooring pontoons below the bridge at Ballina (bottom of Lough Derg) seem to have sprouted an extension.

Here is what they looked like in 2009.

The upstream end of the Ballina pontoons in February 2009

Here they are in the floods of November 2009.

The upstream end of the Ballina pontoons in the floods of November 2009

And here they are in January 2011, seen from downriver.

The upstream end of the Ballina pontoons in January 2011

Well I never.




From the hearts of cranes

Several ports on the Shannon Navigation have old cranes (or parts thereof), most of them nicely painted. Their age may not be apparent, but it is possible that they date back to the days of the Shannon Commissioners in the 1840s; at least one of them may be even older than that.

This page shows photographs of those cranes I know of, and discusses their possible ages. But there is much that remains unknown, and readers may be able to cast light on some of the mysteries.

From the Pierhead

Ballina and Killaloe May 2010