from New Ross downstream is straightforward as fully lit buoys mark
the commercial channel all the way.
There is plenty of depth in the buoyed shipping channel but be aware
of the direction of buoyage and rights of way in commercial traffic,
especially in fast tides.
Refer to the charts as listed in the
Leaving New Ross Port behind, listen to Ch 16, used by commercial shipping. Annagh’s Castle, once the ancestral seat of the Garvey
family before they emigrated to Spain, appears on the west bank.
river turns west past another commercial port at Stokestown. As the
river comes round to the south, the channel passes Pink Rock.
the east bank lies Dunganstown and the
Kennedy Homestead, birthplace of the great grandfather of John
Fitzgerald Kennedy, President of the U.S. (1960-1963). The Centre
celebrates the story of five generations of the Kennedy dynasty with a
unique collection of memorabilia, an audio-Visual display, shop,
picnic area and facilities.
Barrow River provides a trouble-free, relaxing journey all the way to
the Barrow Bridge with low banks and a wide channel all the way
above, stands Slieve Coilte and the JFK Arboretum. Dedicated to the
memory of JFK, the Arboretum covers 252 hectares on the southern
slopes and summit of Slieve Coillte. The plant collection contains
4,500 types of trees and shrubs from all temperate regions of the
world, planted in botanical sequence and the 200 forest plots are
grouped by continent. A road provides access to the summit at 271m
and there are panoramic views over counties Wexford, Waterford,
Carlow, Kilkenny, Wicklow and Tipperary. Other features include:
rhododendrons, dwarf conifers, exhibitions, audio visual displays,
lake, miniature railway, pony and trap, maze shop, tearoom and play