Waterford Port to Fiddown
is clearance for motorboats under Rice Bridge at most tides, which is
also a lifting, bridge with hauling buoys for shipping east of the
bridge mid channel. Air draught at MHWS: 3m. The navigation channel
is deep with some shipping using the channel to Fiddown. The disused
railway bridge has been stripped of one span so there is no headroom
passing Waterford Boatyard on the port side, the new suspension bridge
is next on the navigation.
the bridge, is Grannagh Castle: a large, square enclosure with
cylindrical corner towers that stands dramatically on the north bank.
Adjacent to this is Grannagh slipway.
Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormonde, built the castle during the 14th century.
Legend has it that the wife of the 8th Earl, Margaret was a
witch. One day looking out she saw her greatest foe, also a witch,
coming up the river and she summoned a storm to deter her. The other
witch caused horns to grow out of Margaret’s head so she could not
withdraw out of the window. Whenever there is a storm, strange noises
are heard in the castle. The Butlers lost the castle to Cromwell in
here on up river are many traditional fishing stretches or ledges
and many of the snap net fishing cots can be seen on the north bank
around Portnahully, Moonveen, Ballygorey and Pollrone (Mooncoin).
is a quay and a slipway in
Pollrone, which is ~1.5km from the village of
Mooncoin, which has shops, pubs serving food, service station and post
Waterford & Suir Valley Railway
the opposite bank runs the Waterford and Suir Valley Railway – a
narrow gauge railway running trips from Kilmeadan along banks of the
River Suir with views of the Comeragh Mountains, River Suir and Mount
Congreve Gardens (Open April – September:
www.wsvrailway.ie ++ 353 (0)51
sits on the south bank with a private jetty. The house was built c.
1760 by the architect John Roberts, who also designed most of the 18th
century public buildings in Waterford including the two cathedrals.
The gardens are open to the public April – September: