This thread is a great idea!
Recently a few mates and myself paddled from Clonmel [Thomas bridge] to Carrick-on-Suir (17 K). Just keep the kayaks pointing in the right direction and go with the flow which had us drifting at 8-9 Km per hour.
Excellent scenery and brilliant weather .
A few kilometres upstream of Carrick we noticed concrete slabs left along the bank of the river ....... On our arrival in Carrick we struck upon a very friendly gentleman who is from the Carrick area and he relayed to us some stories of the river Suir's fishing/navigation and the importance of the river as an infrastructure for the transport of goods/materials, from Clonmel to the open sea at Waterford [visa versa].
The conversation moved to the concrete slabs ...., and to our horror he told us that these slabs were going to be placed across the river, fitted with some equipment, as a means to count fish [Salmon?], but basically preventing any form of navigation on this stretch of inland waterway.
For those of you not familiar with the Suir, there are no locks or weirs etc, between Clonmel & the open sea at Waterford, I'm not sure of the total distance, but this has to be one of the longest stretches of un-interrupted navigable waterways in the country, what a way to destroy a fine resource.
Mod's, I'm not trying to hijack this important thread, so feel free to move this if you desire.
I'm not from the area, so I was doing a bit of research before the trip and found this site http://irishwaterwayshistory.com/aba...ck-to-clonmel/