The Nore river is one of the finest rivers in the Irish Midlands. It has it’s source in the Devil’s Bit Mountain, in northern Tipperary county. The river crosses the Laois County line, 3km west of Borris-in-Ossory and continues it’s journey by the basin at Coolrain and Crannagh Bridge. At Castletown bridge it crosses the weir which serviced the old corn mill still standing at this site.
Image: The N77 Nore bridge as seen from Dunmore Woods, 2km north of Durrow Town.
It continues through Mountrath Golf Course, Jeston’s Bridge, Newbridge all before entering “The Mash”. This location is a haven for wild birds and is close to the village of Shanahoe. From there it flows by Poorman’s bridge and Waterloo bridge before traversing the famous DeVessi Estate. It’s journey then takes it past Watercastle bridge, Dunmore bridge and the beautiful countryside around Durrow.
After passing the Tallyho bridge, the New York rapids and the remains of the Assmills, the river enters Kilkenny county moving by the old mill and broken weir at Ballyragget. It then continues by Threecastles before meandering through the Marble city of Kilkenny.
The river Nore meets the river Barrow northwest of the town of New Ross, Wexford county. At Cheekpoint they join forces with the River Suir to form the Three Sisters and continue their journey to the sea at Hook Head.