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John Quinlan – Local Historian

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On our last walk along the River Suir we met with John Quinlan – local historian and character. His family have lived alongside the river since the early 1800s and he told us fascinating stories of the history of the bridge at Kilsheelan and how it was blown up during the Civil War and the role this had in local history. John was responsible for campaigning for a plaque commemorating the soldier killed when it was blown up. We hope to reivist John and record some of his stories.

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Webcam on the River Suir at Clonmel

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Over the course of a month we downloaded images every day from 6am-9pm from the webcam situated in Clonmel to gauge water levels on the River Suir.

 


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Workman’s Boat Club with Shay Hurley

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Last Friday we had the pleasure of meeting Shay Hurley from the Workman’s Boat Club in Clonmel. The boat club is a world of discovery behind a tiny wooden door just off main street Clonmel. We had a fascinating morning hearing about the background to the club since its founding in 1869 and it’s history as a sporting, leisure and centre of learning and craft as the traditional skills of boat building are passed from one generation to the other, some specific and uniquely traditional to the boats of the River Suir.

It was so interesting to hear about the Boat Club’s its social history as having bands dances and all night smoking dances and how the sounds of the music and dances would be carried upstream by the Suir. (Something similar to what the older people who we met in Cahir had spoken about). Shay spoke about current developments with the Flood Defence Scheme redevelopment works and some of the problems that have occurred with the river disappearing from view of the people of Clonmel and maybe losing some of its attachment and awareness of the River Suir.

Thanks to Shay Hurley for his generosity of time and knowledge. We will be meeting with some of the members of the Boat Club in a couple of weeks.

Further information about the Workman’s Boat Club can be seen here:

http://www.cruiskeen.ie/the_Cruiskeen,_a_River_Suir_racing_boat/Workmens_Boatclub1.html

Here Shay talks about the history of the club and its social importance.