The River Suir, Irelands third longest river is 184 kms long, rising on the eastern flanks of Benduff, North West of Templemore. It flows through Thurles, Holycross, Cahir, Clonmel and Carrick on Suir, where it becomes tidal before continuing to Waterford and the sea.
A survey of natural, built, cultural and industrial heritage was undertaken along 33 kms of the River Suir on behalf of the then South Tipperary Heritage Office partly funded by the Heritage Council.
The area surveyed was from Knocklofty bridge to Tinahalla. It highlighted the extent which the River Suir has affected patterns of settlement, transport routes, agriculture and industry. It also provided resources itself, for example water, sand, fish and osiers.
The heritage tourism potential of the River Suir and its hinterland were explored as part of an INTERREG IVC Waterways Forward project
The initial study area was the 26km former navigation channel and 20km associated towpath of the River Suir between Clonmel and Carrick on Suir. There were short, medium and long term goals for the river
- Promotion of existing waling routes along the river
- Developing the tow path as a public amenity
- Looking at the navigational potential of the river for shallow draught craft in the long term
Another outcome of this project was the River Suir Community Action Plan published in 2012
Currently we are partners in INTERREG IVB Green and Blue Futures 2012-2015