the green way at the rock
Tasteful work continuing on the repair and rebuild of the boundary wall at the Rock,Marlfield by Johnny and his crew.The slides give a taste of the work involved - will be a lovely job when finished.
Coillte have been busy these past few weeks too with a crew on hand edging,gravelling areas on the western zig-zag prone to mud,cutting back on briars and nettles along the trackways and more.
Some of the former signage has been replaced but is confusing as you will find out if you attempt to make sense of it.This may be temporary,taking account of the ongoing repair to the wall and presumably will revert to take account of all three walks within the woodland.Will report back on this in due course.So continue to walk and enjoy the tranquility of the place and what's seasonally on offer.
Yesterday afternoon took the bus to Kilsheelin to walk the line to Poulakerry to see the progress if any on the construction of the cycleway and walkway on the former Carrick-Clonmel towpath.
Had spoken earlier in the day to the engineer responsible for overseeing the project and I thank him again for the time and update he gave me.Now I would see for myself.
Alighted from the bus and picked my way cagily,avoiding traffic and began my descent to the riverside passing the Norman Motte now a grotto.A family were happily enjoying the sunshine on the river bank while the children frolicked around their parents' feet.
Traipsed on for about five minutes and at that stage could already see signs of work underway.Stone glistening in the sun with the whitened underlay pinned back with retaining stones and further the beginning of a stretch all the way to the Norman tower, that by Poulakerry weir and appearing blue in the glare from the mill waste rolled and compressed into the yielding stone beneath.
As far as the eye could see and beyond the old stone boathouse the blue line stretched until I came to a timber fence blocking the way and informing me work was in progress...and I could not venture any further.Happy to stop there I took some more photos showing the machinery working away in the distance.
Two hundred metres a day laid and the tarring to be finished in a week - so said a young articulate workman when I enquired....
Met two good humoured,chatty, Dutch fly fishing enthusiasts on their last day of a ten day fishing holiday by the bonny banks of the Suir,who eagerly enquired of the work about,and wondered would the solitude be lost somewhat as a result of...I wish both Tom and Robert a safe return home,happy memories and a return to the Suir and what she offers for many years to come.
The slides below show work to Sunday.Much again has happened since to beat the promised rain forecast for later in the week and to stay within the deadline of being off the water before mid September when the salmon move upriver from the sea.
This stretch shows the removal of the tailrace of the former mill and the clearing of Willow,Rush and other vegetation.Will update by tomorrow.
To the south of Suir Island above lies Willow Island.This small narrow strip of land has more riverine history within it's banks than any of the other islands in this cluster of islands at the heart of Clonmel.
To start with,Suir Island House above,the former home of the Cooney family,the last family to live there and Margaret Power,the first inhabitant better known as Lady Blessington,whose 'Bath' lies above the weir that bears her name to this day.
The entrance to the island takes you by a head race,on your right, that carried water to power the mill wheels on your left.On your right is the main head race with screens still buried in the mud to filter any debris carried in the flow that was, and so protect the mill wheels from damage and to ensure the smooth running of the mills.As you pass by the front of the ruined house you are walking over another waterway beneath your feet that allowed water to flow into the main stream by the magnificent Beech ,the flow controlled by an ornate sluice,still in place,buried in the undergrowth.
I will cover other elements of this history in my next blog but now back to the fascinating work of returning this stretch of water to community use; to boat users,walkers,nature lovers,photographers,artists and families.
The slides show more of the work in progress with the placing of groins,clusters of boulders to control flow,some visible above the waterline others below the waterline,all on the south bank as yet -others will be placed along the island bank,some twenty or so in total along this stretch of water.
The former tail race of a mill,later a forge has been stripped of the willow and rushes to allow the formation of a groin there.
Work by the Council is proceeding apace on Willow Island and at the Strand,Old Bridge.The work in hand included laying an approach track of stone in the river almost to Dennis Burke Park,to allow the caterpillar machines to build the boulder dams that are shaped like an arrow head projecting into the river - see the slideshow below.
All of this work is part of building a Slalom course for Kayaks on this stretch of the river,an amenity that will be a huge and added attraction for locals and visitors alike.
Fisheries were on the water earlier in the week as they have both the task of designing a fish pass that will serve fish going upriver as well as Kayakers shooting the weir at Lady Blessington's...
The above photo of the former Suir Island House with the magnificent Lime Tree to the side makes for a lovely picture.The house,the former home to Margaret Power,Lady Blessington is again in the news for all the right reasons.
The Council has moved on to the island these past weeks to begin the work of clearing and pruning and trimming with a view to opening up a path to allow water boat users a means of avoiding the weir -Lady Blessingtons Weir while enabling safe access to the river below the weir.Work is very much in the early stages so the best way to view the work in progress is to walk the river bank opposite from the Strand to Dennis Burke Park.The photos below give a flavour.
The Cinnabar Moth,An Flanndearg,Callimorpha Jacobaeae heads up this post, a moth which I have seen many times over the past three weeks,in grass verges,along the river bank and at the Rock near the boundary wall by the roadside.Sometimes identified by the number of spots it displays.
Can be skittish but this one was settled for periods to allow me to shoot her with my Sony Compact.
The rebuild of the wall continues with both Coillte and the Council working seamlessly!
However the water cube,cement bags and numerous blocks were stolen early in the week by someone pulling a horse box.The Garda are looking for a Horse!Maybe fancies a stable for the winter.
The concrete base and support wall will,I understand be faced with the stones that were in the old wall so from the roadside all will appear as before....
Additional draining holes are included on the roadside....Work could well be completed by next week.
Work commenced yesterday preparing the groundwork to rebuild the collapsed wall of November 2014.
This work is a welcome collaboration between Coillte and the local authority with the Council providing the materials and Coillte labour for the rebuild.All this is great news for visitors and regular walkers to the site.
Care is needed approaching the site as delivery of materials continues with the pouring of cement later in the day.Parking may be restricted during the work.
Meanwhile nature continues her work with the blossoming of I think ,Celandine above -correct me if I'm wrong.
Clonmel celebrated the Volunteers of 1916 with a Parade and the unveiling of a monument in their names
yesterday with solemnity fitting the occasion.
In among the slides is the original site of the monument behind the former Borough Offices with entrance from Dowd's Lane.
The photos are teasers in that all are associated with men whose names appear on the monument.
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