We continue from Dove Hill Norman Tower, and I hope we make it to Poulakerry Tower House. The season is spring.
We see a glimpse of several ruins as we walk. River Suir was the main access route, and has been used by the early Christians, the Vikings, the Normans and everyone else over the centuries. The four-storey Dove Hill tower house has been changing keepers since it was erected in the 14th century. The Earl of Ormond is listed as the proprietor in 1640 when the tower was described as “a small castle wanting repaire“.
This is a closer look. The ivy-clad ruin stands right across the road from the Dove Hill Irish Design Centre.
Suir Blueway was officially launched in May 2019 and the path was paved in 2018. Before that the path looked like in the pictures below, and I loved it much more than its paved version. In fact, it makes me sad when I see all that paving, drainage or tree cutting in the wildlife habitats intended to accommodate our selfish wants. There are very little habitats left in Ireland, and very little wildlife.
Now and then we see an angler. River Suir is still rich in salmon and has the distinction of producing Ireland’s record rod-caught salmon that weighed 57 lb ( 25.9 kg) and was taken on a fly by Michael Maher in 1874. .
We walk some 2-3 kilometers and there is no other sound than the buzzing of bees and chirping of birds.
Then suddenly we hear a ‘white noise’ that grows louder as we walk – it is the sound of the rapids.
Nothing dramatic here, just the shallow water and the rocks, but the sound is impressive.
I take a slow shutter picture of the water.
River Suir is not deep along the Blueway. All the navigation takes place to the south of Carrick-on-Suir.
We walk another kilometre in solitude. There is MSD biotechnology company site somewhere at this stretch of the riverwalk, but they make themselves invisible, and they are a good employer anyway…
We pass so-called Glyn Castle – the house with a rich history built on the site of an ancient castle.
Waterford- Clonmel railway comes close to the river at this point.
There are birds – robins, wrens, green finches.
Heron makes a comical takeoff.
The beautiful vistas of the green Irish countryside provide a lovely ending to our 6 km long walk.
Some more birds as we approach the outskirts of my favorite village.
We made it to the Poulakerry tower house!
In my next blog we are going to stay in the village of Kilsheelan and walk between the Poulakerry tower house and Gurteen Castle.
Have a happy week!