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The Boat men of the river Suir

Fishing boat  river Suir  County Tipperary

Fishing boat
river Suir
County Tipperary

Fishing on the River suir

The walk along the river Suir, County Tipperary is one of the best river walks in the south east of Ireland. It is currently undergoing an upgrade to a hard surface that will for the first time allow for both walkers and cyclists.

The river is used by many local people during the year but the fisher man are most probably it’s most common visitors, the River is renowned for its game angling, holding both salmon (Salmo salar) and brown trout (Salmo trutta).

I have taken many photographs of the fishermen here over the years alone with the boats they use for their fishing, these boats ( all made locally ) are used more like punts as the have a completely flat bottom and are moved along the river with a pole.


The River Suir from Clocully to Carrick-on-Suir is a combination of deep pools, fast glides and varying widths and depths.

From Clocully to Ballydonagh, a consortium of private landowners control the angling, these are all private fisheries. This stretch also includes parts of the River Tar and River Nire, which contain good stocks of trout of up to 30 cm.

Fishing on the river Suir : Gallery



The Boat men of the suir 1

The boat on the suir

The Boat men of the suir 3

The Boat men of the suir 4

6 responses

  1. Fascinating background, Nigel. How long of a tradition is this type of fishing?

    November 28, 2016 at 2:55 pm


      best I can find !!

      That’s a great question Michael πŸ™‚ , I guess you could say as long as people have lived around the river, the river and its fish provided most of the natural food in the past before farming.

      Up to modern times I wounder how well recorded the fishing rights are! A lot of these kind of records are lost in Ireland but fishing would at different times come under the gaming rights of the local estate owners along the river or gifted by the crown anlong with an estate !!!!

      Today different clubs have reserves on parts of the river but I think apart from this, anyone can now fish, under a return to the water policy πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      November 28, 2016 at 5:46 pm

  2. How very informative. Thank you

    November 28, 2016 at 6:23 pm

  3. Brilliant post, Nigel. Really enjoyed it.

    November 29, 2016 at 2:00 am

    • Thank you πŸ™‚ , very happy that you did πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      November 29, 2016 at 12:54 pm

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