Pollrone on the west bank, the Clodiagh River runs through Portlaw
town and enters the river Suir.
Deliveries to the
tannery in Portlaw would have been on the tide, branching off into the
canalised stretch below the town and floating up to the mills/tannery.
The town was designed from the outset with an industrial purpose and
many of the heritage buildings survive today.
navigation channel is clear up to the sand shoal east of Fiddown,
marked with buoys. Keep close to the south west bank and sharp turn to
pass north east of the island. Be aware that the shoal is covered most
tides and the clear channel is close to the south west bank. Fiddown
bridge is a fixed bridge with air draught of 3m at MHWS. There is a
quay for oil carrying ships below the bridge, but there is security
fencing protecting the oil storage and with no access to the town.
Note the buoyage stops at this point and there is no commerical
traffic upstream from Fiddown. Use the middle arch with a light when
passing under the bridge. North of the bridge is a boat slip and
there are two anchorages. Fiddown has shops, pubs and a service
station. It is also possible to navigate the Pill River just above
Fiddown into Piltown with suitable tides.