Yesterday,Monday I was up and about from early and decided I would take a stroll along the former quay in Clonmel and on to Kilsheelin along the towpath.The morn was fine and breezy and so ideal for what I was about.Walked the concrete path under the Gashouse Bridge,seeing in my mind's eye the former Gashouse on my left where Dan's pile now stands,my nostrils flaring at remembered smells.On past the showgrounds with the sandstoned living wall to my left and the scent of damp foliage and wild flower.Hardly a birdsong to be heard only the rush of the river ,now shallow in it's bed and choked with weeds and rubbish.Footstep after footstep,and on and on to the slipway above Hewitt's and the exposed remnants of the towpath stones edging the river walls buried under vegetation for the most part.From here the 'new' path hoves into sight,brilliant white in the morning light and in stark contrast to the greens abounding on verge and edge.From white to black of a sudden on the tar macadam as I swing by Ferryhouse - the house of the ferry...Charon ferrying for eternity the memories of walkers,bargemen,cotsmen and women,horses and lost sounds to the other side.
The slideshow takes up the story from Sir Thomas's Bridge.....wander on....
Some more images of work in hand or completed on the conversion of the old Suir Navigation Towpath to a Walkway and Cycle Greenway:-
Took the bus Saturday morning to Kilsheelin and walked the towpath to Carrick to document the ongoing work of creating a Greenway by removing everything green and replacing it with concrete and tar macadam or so it seems.Much work in progress except for some stretches - this likely to change even on a daily basis as the work of clearing and levelling,spreading and compacting continues.
Clonmel to Anner Bridge is all concrete but for a short stretch around Ferryhouse which is tar macadam.
Anner Mill Bridge to just above Kilheffernan remains to be tackled as does the stretch to just above Kilsheelin.
Really amazing the work done to date and a credit to all concerned.At this rate the work on the Towpath could well be completed before year's end -weather permitting.
The sight that greeted our eyes the morning of the 14th of November 2014 at the boundary wall to the Rock walks Marlfield.
That was c.258 days ago.That sight is still the same today but for the addition of a line of traffic cones.
258 days of inertia waiting for an accident to happen.
Will it take a serious accident here for repair and restoration to take place?
Been a while but we haven't been altogether idle.From the 28th of June a group of ten students with their leader holidayed in Clonmel.They came from the north of Italy,Costa Masnaga,a small town twinned with Clonmel for over twenty years.The connection is Charles Bianconi,former Mayor of Clonmel and founder of the first public transport system back in the nineteenth century.As well as visiting the Rock they also took time to visit local attractions such as Bianconi's former home at Silversprings and Denis Burke Park.
Here they are enjoying themselves as kids should.Thanks to all who helped in any way over the two weeks.
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