On second thoughts,maybe I should have entitled the piece:- 'the Tortillas of Kilsheelin' - let you decide.
I first came on these installations,if I may call them that some two weeks ago when I chanced a ramble downstream from the Village in the hope the waters might have abated somewhat to allow a curious rambler
an approach by the towpath to Poulakerry where the Norman tower stands majestically at the bend of the Suir.
All was reasonably well but for the fact I had left my camera phone at home!The poor thing needed a recharge
and so the sights I saw then I was able to give my full attention to without distraction.
The floor of the river studio was strewn with amazing canvases extending many hundreds of metres along the bank.
Enjoy the preview below and pass the word around and then go see for yourself and be amazed,amused and
thrilled to the bone at the vista presented - but be quick as I doubt the artists' work may well resume very,very soon and then all may vanish.
The photo above taken yesterday on the dry day after a slog through water,mud, and slippery grass from Kilsheelin to Carrick along the towpath was exhausting but exhilarating - though not for the fainthearted!
This is the state of the tarmac at this point below Dove Hill,a section of about thirty metres.The rest,2 kms
possibly has borne up extremely well,as has the section with stone laid and still in place,stretching back almost to Hackett's Fishery.
Slides 3 and 4 show the boundary wall below MSD at Ballydine.This wall,old and in pretty good nick,is marked in places for repair and repointing and further back for rebuilding.
One fallen tree remains making walking difficult and for the second time in a little over a week I left my pruning saw at home - will have to resurrect that small piece of twine!
Today is promising good as I write so if you have an hour or two to hand,put on the boots,wrap up and get going and enjoy the experience.Be careful.
Am off to the Rock shortly to make up for the neglect of the past few weeks.Enjoy your weekend.
Since last blog forgot to record that all of the fencing has been re-instated in Burke Park.
Two slides,the first and the last give a real sense of the river park being created for the Greenway Towpath.
The rest show the work to date,while today,this afternoon the work was ongoing with workers continuing where they left last week,extending the river bank and finishing the wall.
Weather permitting and the bank being accessible I will hare down Carrick way tomorrow to view the work there and whether the repair at Poulakerry is underway,and also near Dove Hill where the tarmac was split open in one place and bumped up over a stretch of about twenty metres.
Other than that the surface all the way back to Carrick was intact - a job well done.
Headed out early Sunday to take a stroll by way of Old Bridge to Denis Burke Park and later to the towpath.Was milder than mild,unseasonal even,as the weather people say.
After crossing the new bridge - the collapsible - fought my way to the top of the bund/berm of mud and marl,slippery sliding until I reached the summit.
The river ran on as ever over the Lady's Bath,over the remains of the mill weir and race,haunt of 'an gabha dubh',the Irish Dipper,lapping along the track by the high wall of the Raheen Road.
The park has a bedraggled look after the watering it endured over the past while,festooned with the litter of our time,bottles,cig cartons,a sniffer's bottle or two,and a 'johnny'.Filled two bags with the manna from heaven and deposited same in the bins.
The park lads have been busy returning the play logs to their original location along with the log climbing frame which ended up on the edge of the footpath.
One picnic table remains to be re-set on it's pins but other than that everything is in it's place,a testament to the quality of the materials used and the installation of these benches,tables,stage, and play equipment.
The park will take time to recover but will return to be the wonderful amenity that it is for all.To be continued.
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.
2016 already a week in,give or take.I hope that those of you that visit us here from time to time had a blessed Xmas and that the New Year brings you many opportunities to visit the Rock and elsewhere,both locally,nationally and internationally.Both feet on the ground and away you go,young and not so young.The waters are abating so no excuse.
This year my hope is that the boundary wall will be rebuilt by Coillte and that they will return the Map Board or at the least replace it with something more up to date re walks and tracks.
There are some trees down at the moment but all can be bypassed safely.
The ground underfoot can be a little tricky in places so,slow down,take smaller steps,use a walking stick for support and wear suitable footwear.
author artist activist