River Suir

Boats at Carrick-on-Suir
Courtesy of 'A Guide to Carrick by the Suir'.

The River Suir flows from Borrisnoe Mountain north of Templemore all the way down through County Tipperary, winding its way eastward until it eventually joins with its sister rivers Nore and Barrow, before finding its way to the Irish sea in Co. Waterford.

Just below the town of Thurles lies an area called the Cabbragh marshes where the River Suir floods in the winter. This has lead to the development of marsh areas and peat fens which support a number of wetland flora. Some examples include Bottle Sedge, Common Reed, Narrow-leaved Bulrush and Celery-leaved Buttercup.

A number of species present in the River Suir are protected under Annex II of the EU Habitats Directive; Sea Lamprey, River Lamprey, Brook Lamprey, Freshwater Pearly Mussel, Atlantic Salmon, otter, crayfish, and Twaite Shad.

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