Joe Duffy unveils Inch River project

RTÉ broadcaster JOE DUFFY and CATHY LEE, Chair of Ahare River and Biodiversity Development Group at a special launch at Inch this aftermoon.

By Dan Walsh at Inch

A public information plaque on the Inch River was unveiled this afternoon by RTÉ broadcaster Joe Duffy as part of the Castletown River and Nature Festival taking place this weekend as part of National Heritage Week.

The plaque, located at Toss Byrne’s famous on the R772 Arklow to Gorey road, bypassed in September 2017 and formally part of the N11 Dublin to Wexford road, carries details of the river environment, ways of protecting the river, the challenges that the river face and a Do You Know list of Fishy Facts.

Erected by the Ahare River and Biodiversity Community Group, its chair Cathy Lee acted as master of ceremonies, invited all guests, and thanked everybody for their support. Attendance included Cllrs Joe Sullivan and Andrew Bolger and refreshments were provided on a sweltering afternoon.

Experts did some tests on the river for under water life and were surprised with the findings which were exhibited and explained to the people in attendance, many of them children, who were fascinated to see small trout and all sorts of tiny, exciting creatures and secret life inhabiting the river.

Information on the plaque – there is a similar information board at the Ahare River crossing – reads as follows; “From the foothills of Croghan to the Irish Sea at Castletown the Inch River is formed and flows through the green countryside, the joined by the Clonogue River and continues its journey from the floodplains at Ahare before exiting to the sea at Kilgorman on Clone Beach.

“Inch River is an important salmon river and this site at Inch is an important spawning ground. At the lower end of the catchment the river is also known as the Ahare/Kilgorman River.

AUDIO ADDITION; RTÉ broadcaster JOE DUFFY speaking at the unveiling of the Inch River information plaque at Inch today.

Events continuing tomorrow (Sunday). At 12 noon a Seashore Nature Treasure Hunt and Litter Pick with Jeshua Taucher from Seal Rescue Ireland.

Bring a picnic and don’t be left out at 1pm and in the afternoon there is a Family Sant Art Competition and Make a Seashore Mobile. Not sure what that’s all about so discover the secret by being there!

More information or to make a donation the contact is friendsoftheahareriver@gmail.com

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