nSpare a thought for the people of the Atlantic coastline as they batten down the hatches for a further bout of heavy rain,high winds, and water released from dams .We have been spared the worst of the weather so far in this valley of the Suir.....
Bussed to Carrick this morning to walk the towpath greenway in so far as I could.The river was within a few centimetres of the south bank while stretches of the Carrick side were puddled and the track showed evidence of litter and weeds, deposited as the waters receded.
Not a remnant of a weir showed above water.All was flow and current.
Some people were walking against me as I ventured forth,a cameraman,a man walking his dog and an elderly woman walking briskly home.
The former towpath from the town of Carrick by way of Healy Park up to the former Miloko,now Avonmore is concrete and continues as a grassed track .This track was under water as the photo shows.This is likely to remain so for the next week at the least.
Looking down the Green to the east from the Convent Bridge a few days ago.
The track in the making is staying there - I have to confess I had a fear it would all be washed away.
Not so and full credit to the track makers.
Once when I was but a lad I came on a similar view but all the water had iced over and both I and my mates fell head over heels with our 'rink' and did just that on many an occasion - we had the bruises to show for it - what fun we had!
Took a walk yesterday in the afternoon mist up the Irishtown,hung a left at the lights over the Convent Bridge and was amazed at the work in progress on the Green with
the construction of the cycleway/walkway along the bank of the Suir to the Old Bridge by way of Green Lane.
Men and machinery ,trenching,laying pipe for services and drainage.Streams have been bridged,kissing gates bypassed,old steps avoided but retained opening up a vista of hill and river,steeple and field - a far cry indeed from the 'grassy track' of my youth that took us on a walk or to the bank of the river for a swim or a spot of fishing and the odd date.No regrets here.What is emerging is welcome in my view as the bikeway will make access to the river much easier for the general public and hopefully extend in time along the river to Knocklofty.
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