The poet Edmond Spenser in his Faerie Queen described the river as the 'fishfull Shure' and while fishermen would have their own ideas on that,what with the decline in Eel numbers,Trout and Salmon - it was heartening for me to hear the occasional plop of a salmon jumping, and saw the lofty head of one that could well have been an eight to twelve pounder.
Much in evidence near the MSD Fishery were the 'black divers' - to use the description given to me by Pat Drohan,noted Cot builder and model maker - the Cormorant.From the solitary one I had seen near Clonmel now I was seeing groups of from three to ten,the latter just upstream of Carrick.
Fishermen of the Suir do not like the bird,that's my experience for what it's worth.
The Dipper,An Gabha Dubh,I saw a number of times on my ramble,standing on a rock in the fast flow,feeding as it walked through the shallows,diving underwater for tasty morsels.
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