Uproar As Councillors Told River Suir Will Be Diverted Away From Cahir
The River Suir, Ireland's third longest river is 184 km long, rising on the eastern flanks of Benduff, North West of Templemore. It flows through Thurles, Holycross, Cahir, Clonmel and Carrick on Suir.A motion has been put forward by Failte Ireland to divert the river. The reasoning for the motion being brought forward was the loss in tourism revenue to the area when the Inch Field and parts of the Swiss Cottage walkway were under water. The plans have received condemnation from councillors and Tipperary County Council though their pleas seem to be falling on deaf ears.The motion outlined plans to divert the river from Holycross to Clonmel bypassing Cahir. Failte Ireland went on to say it would benefit the local economy of Holycross and Clonmel along this stretch and 200 construction jobs will be created.Several construction firms and experts have already been consulted and work is due to begin later this year as soon as a budget is finalised. We managed to talk to one of the construction firms being considered for the project though they wished to remain anonymous.“Well it's a bit mad for sure but it's for the best really. We'll all be winners once it's done and sure don't ye still have the castle.”Cahir would be heavily impacted by this proposed plan. Wildlife, water sports and picturesque scenery would all be affected. We spoke to several locals who were shocked and appalled. They told us the community will be rallying together in the coming days to fight the plans.This is sadly not the first time Cahir has butted heads with the Irish tourist board as they famously attempted to move Cahir Castle 20 meters in 2014 to “make it more photogenic” and in 2008 when they tried to rename Cahir to ObamaTown in an attempt draw a similar level of interest as Moneygall.A Failte Ireland spokesperson was quoted as saying “I don't see what the big deal is honestly, it's Ireland and we all have enough water to go around.” The argument wasn't particularly strong but those present insist the acoustic soundtrack and footage of Irish scenery really helped.