Carrick-on-Suir is to be the finish point of a new River Suir trail for canoeists and the Co. Council aims to upgrade a boat slipway at the town’s picturesque Sean Healy Park this summer as part of the tourism project.
The plan for the River Suir canoeing trail from Cahir to Carrick-on-Suir was outlined at Carrick Town Council’s monthly meeting by Co. Council planning official Alan Walsh, who is involved in the Green & Blue Futures Project that aims to develop the economic potential of natural amenities.
Mr Walsh told councillors the canoeing trail will be the first in the Republic of Ireland.
He said €93,000 funding has been secured to upgrade two priority river access points this year at Inch Field, Cahir and Sean Healy Park in Carrick. The Council is currently securing consultants to design the upgrade to the river access points and those plans will be put out to public consultation the end of March/beginning of April with the hope of doing the construction work in July.
Mayor of Carrick Cllr Kieran Bourke led the welcomes for the project and echoed the views of most councillors in declaring Sean Healy Park as a good location for the end of the canoe trail.
Cllr Sylvia Cooney Sheehan voiced concern that upgrading works on the slipway would take away part of the riverside walk and the park and also result in canoeists’ vehicles “blocking up” the N24 at the park. She proposed the slipway at the old Glanbia site in Carrickbeg as a better location where a car park and other visitor facilities could be developed. Mr Walsh said all the town’s boating slipways were surveyed and and the Healy Pk. one was the best. He believed the impact on Sean Healy Park would be very minimal but said Cllr Cooney Sheehan was welcome to raise her concerns during the public consultation.