New blueway opens; 53km from Irish cycling’s heartland Carrick-on-Suir

Posted on: May 26th, 2019

Suir Blueway Tipperary: It’s open for business and features a 21km towpath cycling route from Carrick-on-Suir to Clonmel.

The Suir Blueway is open for visitors on the River Suir in Co Tipperary and it features a fantastic cycling route taking in Carrick-on-Suir; the home town of Sean Kelly and Sam Bennett.

Suir Blueway Tipperary, as it is called, runs some 53km from Cahir to Carrick-on-Suir via Clonmel.

It is comprised of walking and cycling trails and, of course, the River Suir water sports amenity. Indeed, the river-based element is what makes it a blueway rather than a greenway.

But if you’re a cyclist, don’t let that put you off as there is a continuous 21km towpath cycling route that stretches from Carrick-on-Suir to Clonmel.

In many ways the area is the spiritual come of the Irish road cycling scene, but it’s also a beautiful spot for a bike ride.

The Suir Blueway Tipperary; a great spot for cycling. It would be rude not to….

Considering the cycling history in the area, which includes all of the riders who have come through the Carrick and Clonmel cycling scenes, and not just Kelly and Bennett; what are the chances of a cycling centre focused on these exploits springing up?

It would certainly anchor the cycling element of the new blueway and would, we think, attract overseas visitors, especially if it was done properly and featured plenty of interactive content and old video and audio archive.

The blueway has cost just under €6m to develop and includes the Butler Trail, Cahir’s Swiss Cottage and the new whitewater canoe slalom course in Clonmel; the Irish team’s national base.

Under the project the pathways on the river, and access points to it, have been improved and upgraded. Signage has been installed to bring the route together, with maps also available to guide you.

“This is a wonderful natural amenity, which will provide an excellent base for outdoor activity and recreation for both the local community here in Tipperary as well as visitors from all over Ireland and overseas,” said John Treacy, Sport Ireland’s chief executive.

People in the area are very hopeful the blueway, and its official launch in time for summer, will see locals and visitors flock to it, boosting the local economy.

“Tourism is a substantial growth area for County Tipperary,” said Cllr Michael Murphy of Tipperary County Council.

“We have so much to offer in terms of beautiful landscapes, fascinating cultural and historical sites and stories, and some of the best food produce in Ireland.”

The access points are located at: Inch field in Cahir; in Ardfinnan, Sandybanks at Marlfield; Suir Island in Clonmel; Denis Burke Park, Clonmel; Kilsheelan; and Sean Healy Park in Carrick-on-Suir.

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