After a long (8 months) break I decided to back to posting on my blog. I started this blog during the second month of my time in Ireland on the 18th of March 2014. I came to Ireland on the 10th of February 2014. So February is perfect to start again. And a first place where I took photos 6 years ago was River Barrow. And it is still one of my favorite places in Carlow Town to go for walking and taking photos. I love taking photos of nature, rivers, and swans while swimming or walking.
The Barrow (Irish: An Bhearú) is one of The Three Sisters. The other two are the River Suir and the River Nore. The river’s name is associated with the legendary deeds of Dian Cecht, who slew three serpents found in the heart of The Morrígan’s infant son and threw them into the Barrow, thus causing it to boil.
Barrow River is the second longest river in Ireland.
That flows for 192 km. From the source at Glenbarrow in the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the Midlands of Ireland to the sea. The River Barrow traverses the counties of Laois, Kildare, Carlow, Kilkenny, and Wexford, which has long been recognized as a unique area of natural beauty with great aesthetic value.
Among the towns the River Barrow passes through on its way to the sea beyond Waterford are Portarlington, Monasterevin, Athy, Carlow/Graiguecullen, Bagenalstown, Goresbridge, Graiguenamanagh, and New Ross.
The picturesque banks of the River Barrow offer many attractions for visitors. From walking or cycling trips along the pristine shores. To fishing for herons and kingfishers as well as fishing, sailing, and rowing.
The Millennium Bridge was opened on the 25th of April 2002.
The bridge has connected the city of Carlow with Graiguecullen. The Millennium Bridge spans thirty-five meters. It begins at the point on the River Barrow at the west end of Cox Lane Street. And ends at Graiguecullen where the city park begins (Carlow Town Park).
The view from the Millennium Bridge is stunning. On the left side is Carlow Rowing Club, and on the right side, is Carlow Town Park.
The Carlow Rowing Club was founded in 1859 and is one of the oldest sports clubs in Ireland. The first regatta in Carlow also took place in 1859. Since then, the Club is responsible for one of the most important annual sports events in Carlow County, i.e. the Regatta. Which takes place every year during the June Bank Holiday and involves teams from all over Ireland.
Rowers preparing for the regatta you can see throughout the spring and summer seasons. I saw them for the first time in February, as soon as I came here, on one of my first walks. But let’s not forget that spring in Ireland begins on the first of February.
The Barrow Way is a 120-kilometer-long distance walk along the Barrow, one of Ireland’s National Waymarked Trails. The trail follows the Barrow Line, and then along the towpaths along the non-tidal part of the river, ending in St. Mullins.
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I just visited Carlow and enjoyed a couple of days there! I was sad that the castle ruin was fenced and also the park was locked up due to flooding. But the museums and sensory garden were nice!