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‘The most beautiful riverside walk in these islands’

“The most beautiful riverside walk in these islands” according to the writer and broadcaster, the late Dick Warner. Yesterday it was at its magnificent best. The traffic along the route and on the water was the busiest I’ve ever seen. Waterways Ireland have appealed the decision to refuse planning for a hard core cycle path along the river; it having been rejected by Local Authorities on environmental grounds.

I met a very large group of walkers from Dublin and Meath yesterday and chatting to them as I passed they were unanimous that walking on grass is so much better than a hard surface. They all hope the status quo remains.

Here is another very practical reason why converting the Barrow Way to a shared cycle path is a non runner. You can see on the video below just how difficult and dangerous it will be to accommodate mass cycling and walkers on a shared path.



Cycling and Wild Swimming!

The great excitement on the football fields came to a halt on Saturday evening so it was nice to unwind on Sunday along The Barrow Way.

When the sun shines in the south east there is no where like it!

Here’s a video of our cycle along The Barrow and in Clashganny Woods followed by a spot of what is fashionably called wild swimming nowadays! Look out for the goat too!

How Can I Protect You In This Crazy World?

Basking in May sunshine, The Barrow Way can be seen in all it’s glory; this is no Theme Park, it’s nature at it’s finest. Appreciated by all who use it for it’s beauty and tranquility, it is a real national treasure. We are not endowed with vast areas of wilderness so this sliver of green along the Banks of The Barrow must be retained. It is Carlow’s number one natural attraction and must be protected.

Get out and enjoy it; there are so many sections to ramble along on a summers evening or on a lazy weekend beside a lazy river…..

Christy Dignam’s lyrics say it best…. ‘How Can I Protect You In This Crazy World’?

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Couldn’t resist going down south again this afternoon. Here is Clashganny to St Mullins but at 20 x speed!

The Faerie Queen


The Three Sisters

‘….three great rivers ran,
And many countries scowrd.

The first, the gentle Shure that making way
by sweet Clonmell, adorns rich Waterford:
The next, the stubborn Newre, whoe waters gray,
by faire Kilkenny and Rosseponte boord,
the third, the goodly Barow, which doth hoorde
Great heaps of Salmons in his deepe bosome:
All which long sundred, doe at last accord
To ioyne in one, ere to the sea they come,
So flowing all from one, all one at last become”.

The Faeire Queen by Edmound Spense


Barrow Cycle Continued January 2018

It was good to attend a packed public meeting this evening in the Abbey Hall, Graiguenamanagh held by the local ‘Save the Barrow Line’ Committee to update people on the proposal to create the Barrow Blueway. There were hundreds in attendance and all of them opposed to the development as proposed.

Seeing photographs of the damage done by WWI as part of their maintenance programme has to be a cause of concern. The Track will be destroyed if the hardcore surface is laid.

Amazing to hear that WWI cannot locate any otters or kingfishers along the river! There are plenty of otters close to Carlow Town, I have often seen them between the Lerr and Griese section – in fact an otter crossed our path one night and almost knocked us off our bikes! There are also common sightings below Mickey Websters Lock down as far the the Woodford Dolmen Hotel. I suppose the name of the old house on the Kilkenny road opposite the Vocational School kinda gives it away as it has long been called ‘Otterholt’!

I had a short cycle between Clashganny and Graiguenamanagh before going to the meeting where sections of the Canal were over flowing (WWI claim the canals never flood). Any unbound surface will end up in the river leaving potholes like I showed down at St Miullins on my last video. Grass is the only method to keep the canal bank in tact; it knits the soil together and forms a permeable barrier that allows water to drain away…. save it don’t pave it…

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