Cafe takes a close look at the river

The Suir River Café welcomes you to explore the watery world of the Suir as we travel with it on its journey’s past, present and future during the Junction Festival. You are welcome to come and navigate your way through the artistic installations, multi-media creations and community mapping from 1st to 9th July in the former Birthdays shop, O’Connel Street, Clonmel.

The Suir River Café welcomes you to explore the watery world of the Suir as we travel with it on its journey’s past, present and future during the Junction Festival. You are welcome to come and navigate your way through the artistic installations, multi-media creations and community mapping from 1st to 9th July in the former Birthdays shop, O’Connel Street, Clonmel.

This café will welcome your ideas and thoughts on the river and how we can integrate the river more into our communities and our lives. We hope to rekindle our connection with the river, which has shaped not only the landscape but also our towns and our past livelihoods - our sense of place.

Lay of the Land is a series of workshops delivered by the Landscape Interface Studio, Kingston University as part of the Suir River café initiative.  The project, designed to engage with the wider community, to map, reveal and celebrate the River Suir, will develop a shared vision for the future. This is a collaborative café between South Tipperary County Council Heritage Office, local artist in-residence Lyn Mather, Kingston University and Junction Festival.

The café will be a kind of show and tell about the River Suir, where people are welcome to share their river memories and stories. Creative art-based workshops based at the River Suir Café will allow those who have a connection with the river to contribute to a model of the Suir. This is a chance for the wider community to describe the lay of their land, in their own neighbourhood, and offers contributions linked to memory, location and ownership. 

Further outreach pop-up workshops and mapping sessions will engage with locals in Ardfinnan, Cahir, and Carrick.   These will identify potential projects and opportunities that the River Suir offers.  All workshops will be recorded and ideas will be used as the basis for future legacy projects. These workshops will take place in Carrick-on-Suir at the Ormond Castle on Tuesday, 5th July from 2-5pm; at Cahir Castle on Wednesday, 6th July from 3-6pm; and at the Community Centre, Ardfinnan on Thursday, 7th July from 6-9pm, including a guided river walk.

For more information contact South Tipperary County Council Heritage Officer, Labhaoise McKenna at heritage@southtippcoco.ie or check out www.southtippheritage.ie.