Breaking: Work progressing well on Loughmore-Holycross River Suir study

Noel Dundon

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Noel Dundon

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nd@tipperarystar.ie

Threat to river Suir fishlife

The River Suir could become a major recreational amenity if a walkway from Loughmore - Holycross materialises.

Recreational benefits of walkway from Loughmore, through Thurles and onto Holycross, could be huge

Imagine the recreational benefits and impact for the local economy of a riverside walking route following the River Suir from Loughmore Village to Holycross Abbey! What visitor attractions could such a walking trail potentially enhance as it winds its way between both villages?
Work is progressing well on the Thurles Lions Club sponsored study into the potential of developing the amenity value of the River Suir from Loughmore, through Thurles and on to the Cabragh Wetlands and then to Holycross. As previously reported the twin objectives of the study are
1. To examine the potential for the provision of a “Thurles River Suir Looped Walk” on both sides of the riverbank from the pedestrian footbridge at the new Town Park to the Golf Club/Lady’s Well, with the aim of facilitating a completely off-road looped walk that would add immeasurably to the amenity value of the river for the locals and visitors alike.
2. To examine the feasibility of developing a “The Pilgrim’s Path” - a riverside path/walk from Loughmore, through Thurles to the Cabragh Wetlands and on to Holycross. Such a path/walk would, potentially, deliver far more than just recreational or amenity value for the area. Given the emphasis on greenways and their value in terms of tourism to the local economy such a footpath, if deliverable, has significant merit.


The River Suir at Holycross Abbey.

Future Analytics Consulting Ltd. are currently undertaking background research on both of the above. We are working towards a public information event which will be held in The Order of Malta Hall, Borroway, Thurles on the evening of Thursday 12th April next between 5.30pm and 8.30pm when the public can “drop in” to examine the project mapping and provide their views, suggestions and input into the project. In the meantime, we hope to be in contact with all known landowners on either side of the river to outline details of the study and to garner their views, comments and suggestions in advance of, as well as at the public information event.
How can you make your views known? We will be utilising the Thurles Lions Club Facebook page to provide information on the initiative and to take on board all views, comments and suggestions. Alternatively, you can email your views, comments or suggestions on the study directly to the consultants at james.chilton@futureanalytics.ie However, please also come along to the information event on the evening of 12th April.