Save the Barrow Line Petition

Save the Barrow Line Petition

I enjoy walking and as you probably know I also like photography. Therefore I’m always on the look out for spots of natural beauty where you might get a glimpse of a sparrow hawk or a kingfisher or just a nice landscape photo. About a year ago I came across a walk from St. Mullins to Graiguenamangh. This is called the Barrow Line and the walk meanders along the side of the barrow and takes about 2 hour 20 to walk. (This includes me taking about 50 photos along the way!). One day while walking here I saw a sign for ‘Save the Barrow Line’ and I was dismayed to hear of the plans for this stretch of walkway.

What is the Barrow Line?

The Barrow Line is the local name for a unique natural grassy tow-path along Ireland’s second longest river, The Barrow. This river is one of the Three Sisters rivers and flows through towns like Athy, Carlow, Leighlinbridge, Bagenalstown, Goresbridge, Graiguenamanagh, St. Mullins and New Ross. The Barrow Line is used by walkers and cyclists who enjoy the nature and the area’s outstanding scenic beauty.

The authors of Hiking in Ireland have described the Barrow Line as, “a peaceful green corridor a world away from distractions of the modern world. ”

Save the Barrow Line

The Threat to the Barrow Line

Apparently Waterways Ireland has plans to apply for planning permission to replace the lush grassy surface of the 90km Barrow Line route with a hard surface. Locals think that this huge change will irreversibly destroy the fabric of this unique amenity – this is why the Save the Barrow Line petition was set up.

Personally I think there are some major points regarding this hard surface;

  1. With the fact that this area has had such problems with flooding in December 2015, adding an extra hard surface is just going to make drainage even more of a problem.
  2. I enjoy walking on this line because 99% of it is a well maintained grassy surface – if I wanted to walk on tar or stones I would walk on the road. Why add more concrete, tar or stone to a very picturesque area.
  3. Nature flourishes in this area, making this a hard surface could in my view affect this. You see bugs, and insects on the grass all the time. I think it could affect biodiversity on the line.

I think the solution is to maintain the grassy line, and at most a single file cycle path as a hard surface. This would be a compromise which would see both parties happy should it come to an impasse.

Hopefully it will not come to that and we will maintain a grassy surface on that walk. I have already signed the petition but you can add your voice to the Save the Barrow Line petition below.

It is important to add your voice to the Save the Barrow line. Having a hard surface is the wrong decision in my view as we have a beautiful area of nature and you are simply tarring over it. Not good!

 

Sign Save the Barrow Line Petition

Review – Aroi Asian Street Food, Kilkenny

Review – Aroi Asian Street Food, Kilkenny

Having walked from Bennettsbridge to Kilkenny along the Nore we were looking for something hearty and tasty to eat. I had been to Aroi with a work function and decided to go there.

Aroi Asian Street Food is located on Friary Street Kilkenny and has plenty of space inside, while being bright, airy and a tad funky in decor. The service is very good and on a Sunday there is an option to enjoy a main course and Gelato for only 10 euros which is wonderful value.

I chose to push the boat out and have a starter, main and ice cream. The fish cakes were the starter, one of the nicer thai fish cakes I have tried, with a little kick of chilli present. For the main course I had the Yellow Fish Curry served with brown rice. This curry was full of flavour and full of fish – salmon, cod, smoked cod, mussels, crab, and calamari – as well as being jam packed with veg.

The meal was thoroughly enjoyable and was rounded off with some very refreshing ice cream. The whole meal for 2 came to under 35 euros and its a spot I will be returning to.

Aroi Asian Street Food, Kilkenny

Aroi Asian Street Food, Kilkenny

Aroi Kilkenny

Looking for a Wedding Photographer in Waterford?

When we were getting married we were looking for a waterford wedding photographer with a difference. We spotted some wedding photographers online which had portfolios which were, to say the least not great. I hate those wedding portfolios which had the groom way in the distance or the groom in silly poses.

We eventually found the wedding photographer who was different and was obviously excellent at his job, Keith Sullivan from InFokus Photography Studio Waterford.

Our wedding photos were amazing and we got 8 wedding books and some framed prints which is exactly what we were after. He did an amazing job and we have very fond memories of the day and of working with Keith.

If you are looking for a Wedding Photographer in Waterford , Kilkenny, Wexford or Tipperary then visit InFokus or click the links on this page.

Hotel Prices in Ireland cheapest in Western Europe in 2010

Hotel Prices in Ireland have often been a lot higher than other countries. However, a recent report on Hotel prices has found that Ireland now has the cheapest hotel rooms in all of western Europe. The Hotel Price Index, compiled by hotel booking website Hotels.com, found that while worldwide hotel prices have now stabilised in the first 6 months of 2010. Hotel Prices in Ireland are dropping as room rates have continue to fall.

The average Irish room rate is €79 a night, down 4% from hotel room rates of 2009. The Irish room rate of €79 is the cheapest in western Europe and the 4th cheapest in the EuroZone – ahead of only the Czech Republic, Poland & Hungary. Switzerland is now Europe’s most expensive destination for hotels with an average of €138. Iceland recorded the biggest fall of 20%. It will be interesting to see if Hotel Prices in Ireland increase when the recession is over.

Some of the best value to be seen on hotel rooms is in offers such as 3 nights for the price of 2. For example some great offers can be had from Mount Juliet Estate Hotel Kilkenny.

Top 20 Posts on the Blog in the Past Month

Interesting to see iPhones are still a hot topic on the blog especially in August and early September.
The second most popular post is the YouTube video of the Tipp woman putting the Kilkenny Cat in the Bin “5 in a Row my Arse”. Third / Fourth most popular are the posts about the new M9 Motorway between Waterford and Dublin which opened this Thursday 9th September at 11am.

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How to Fix an iPhone / iPod Touch with a
Frozen Safari App
779
Woman Puts Cat in Bin. Cat gets revenge
& puts Woman in Bin
333
M9 Motorway to open on September 9th296
Waterford to Dublin motorway M9 section
to open soon
274
How to fix an iPod Touch or iPhone which
won’t start
186
iPhone 4G expected to be in Ireland &
UK in early June
185
UFO Spotted over Copacabana beach170
The Irish Language – What a Waste of
Time!
163
iKitt App – iPhone App Review
(iKitt)
159
NDrive iPhone App – Sat Nav iPhone
App
125
Best Twitter iPhone Apps118
M9 Motorway Opened… About Time Too113
Meteorite Explodes over Ireland112
iPhone Signal Strength to be fixed by
Apple for iPhone 4G, 3GS & 3G
91
Pa Pa Thai, Waterford : Restaurant Review83
N9 Potholes – When is the Dublin to
Waterford M9 motorway opening?
72
Phone Rider – iPhone App Review61
World Cup Organisers will hopefully ban
VuVuZelas (Vous Vous Zella)
61
Smoking 2 Year Old Infant Video51
iKitt iPhone App. iPhone App and GPS
Update
47