Flotsam,litter,deposit ....call it what you will but there is something special,for me at least to lay footsteps down on fairly solid ground where water held sway a matter of days ago.The slide show attempts to share the experience with a sense of wonder,awe,reverence and a little fear.
As a result of the recent inundation there is plenty to see by way of what now adorns the ground:- fences decorated with grassy mobiles,trees flattened and laid across the tracks,pedestrian wooden bridge upended,requiring the walker to adopt a crab-like stance to negotiate safe passage across;a 'black hole' where a little hole showed but two weeks ago;a thirty metre dun carpet of twigs,dead grasses,willows and mans' throwaways,mishmashed together but laid with a certain evenness and symmetry;the lower trunk of a tree scoured for days and now exhibiting an artist's palette for discerning eyes -
This stretch goes from Clonmel to Kilsheelin by way of the quay that was,past the showgrounds,Mulcahy Park,the Waste water treatment plant,Ferryhouse,Two mile bridge,Magnier's orchards,the former mill,Kilheffernan and on......
All is negotiable,requiring a step over or a step around save for the wooden skewed bridge - do not attempt until repaired.
Water on the track is only a problem below Kilheffernan - see the slide - boots will see you by - in a few days all should be easy passage here.The ground is remarkably firm most of the way but where the ground is soft it is also slippery,even with boots.
All of the work completed on this stretch of the Greenway,surface work,both tarmac and concrete,fencing and post supports,ladders/stairs,gates have all stood up to the hammering experienced during the flooding- full credit to all involved;those parts such as at the show grounds where work is at the initial stages have suffered some small stone loss -easily replaced.
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