Poulmounty to Barrow & Nore Confluence                        Section 28b: Section Chart

From Poulmounty, the steep banks give way to pastureland and on the east side, Ladyswell Stream runs past an old, picturesque ruin into the River Barrow.  Riverhollow Nature Reserve and a Willow-bordered Special Area of Conservation emerge on the west bank. Around the next bend, is an abandoned cement factory followed by the sight of Ferrymountgarrett Bridge.  The Maudlins Stream, which used to power five mills enters the Barrow at Island Bridge.  Macmurrough Cottages offer accommodation close by: www.macMurrough.com/


Keep to the east bank to line up the approach to the Ferrymountgarrett Bridge, aiming for the lifting span.  Maximum height at high tide is 2m / 6.5ft but can be much less on spring tides so make sure you have clearance.  Mountgarrett Castle was built by Patrick Barrett in 1409 and was Viscount Mountgarrett’s residence up to and including the 5th Earl of Mountgarrett, Bishop of Ferns, who rebuilt one of the gates in the walls of Ross, for access to his church from the castle.


After the bridge, the river passes Rosemount Estate on the south bank.  A wreck, which covers at high tide is marked with a Green Conical marker and must be kept to port, moving downstream.  Two special marks have also been attached to the wreck itself.  On the north bank are a number of small pills, the larger of which was a traditional swimming spot including diving boards and changing rooms.  Just before the confluence, sits Ringwood House.

Coming downriver, the junction with the River Nore is sometimes passed before it is noticed.  Section 31c covers access to the River Nore.  This is the start of the wider River Barrow en route to New Ross Port.

The old railway bridge spans the River Barrow next with ample room under any span at all tides except HWS.  The railway line ran from Waterford to New Ross and on to Mackmine at the River Slaney until it was closed in 1972.  The railway line from the south side of the bridge can be walked into New Ross.  On the north bank, the line disappears into a long, railway tunnel under the hill at Mountelliott, to emerge again at the Ferrymountgarrett Bridge.