Workshop to create shared vision for the future of Suir

Future use of the River Suir in Cahir will be the topic for a workshop to take place for ‘friends of the river.’

Future use of the River Suir in Cahir will be the topic for a workshop to take place for ‘friends of the river.’

As reported previously the Waterways Forward Projects and the European Regional Development Fund have floated ideas on a national and international level about the use of the River Suir. Chairman of Tidy Towns, Andy Moloney has now invited South Tipperary County Council’s Heritage Officer Labhaoise McKenna to hold a workshop to discuss the proposals and possibilities with local friends of the river.

The theme of the workshop is “Lay of the Land” and is being delivered by Landscape Interface Studio, Kingston University. This project, designed to engage with the wider community, to map, reveal and celebrate the River Suir, will develop a ‘shared vision’ for the future.

The River Suir Café is running as part of the Junction Festival in Clonmel but have agreed to extend its boundaries to hold a Workshop in Cahir Castle (by kind permission) on Wednesday, July 6, from 3pm to 6pm.

“We are looking for anyone with interest in the River Suir to engage in the workshop and the outcome is collect a group of interested individuals “ Friends of the Suir” from source to sea. They will have a shared vision for the river and prioritise actions to take forward,” said Andy Moloney.

This workshop is a collaboration between South Tipperary County Council artist Lyn Mather, the Heritage Council and the Junction Festival and as the river is a huge part of Cahir, Andy is encouraging all interested parties to attend and be part of discussions and not let this opportunity pass without Cahir people having a say.

“There may be financial assistance down the line for projects that may be of benefit to the local community from this European Fund and we need to keep a handle on it. The river Suir is not just for the Tall Ships!”