SUMMERTIME IN IRELAND isn't complete for me without a walk along the River Suir. It's a river walk that Huck Finn himself would have done, if his adventures were based in Ireland.
For most of the Suir, you can look up and see the stars at night. I like the deep black night sky that I've seen along stretches of the River Suir in County Tipperary. You can see the moon reflect on clouds, deep space stars and occasional jets headed west. That's different from Dublin where city lights wash out the night above.
This summer's overly generous rainfall means mucky going along the easily-traversed trails aside the River Suir. For most of its run towards Waterford, the River Suir acts like a calm and placid little tributary--nothing like the roaring mass of water that threatens the quays of Clonmel.
I keep a brochure on my desk at work that describes the River Suir's position in Europe’s network of navigable inland waterways. In its day, the Suir made industrial commerce possible by connecting traders to its navigable waterway throughout the entire reach of County Tipperary.
Bernie Goldbach files this post in his travel collection.