What does Laois want for the future of the River Nore?

Conor Ganly

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World War I reenactment on the River Erkina in Durrow, a tributary or the River Nore.

Communites in Laois are being invited to give their views on The Nore Vision, a keystone project for one of Ireland’s major rivers.

Laois Partnership has joined forces with Kilkenny LEADER Partnership (KLP) to bring The Nore Vision to south-west Laois. The Nore Vision team will meet with communities along the River Nore and its tributaries to hear what locals want for the river, its land and people.

The Nore Vision is a partnership of residents, nature lovers, landowners and agencies seeking to imagine a brighter future for their river, the land that feeds it and its communities. It asks ‘what do we want for the future of the river’ and ‘how do we make that future happen’?

Anne Goodwin, Laois Partnership's CEO, 

“What people like about The Nore Vision’s approach to the future of our valuable freshwater resources is that it begins with what we have in common.

“Everyone lives in a river catchment, drinks water and affects their local water quality each day by everything from doing laundry and cooking to showering and flushing toilets. This is about us all sharing responsibility for our rivers and creating a vision that obliges us to work together in order to achieve the future that we want for our rivers,” he said.

Following on from workshops held in Kilkenny, the upcoming gatherings in Laois will hear about people’s interest in the river, their concerns as well as their hopes and ideas for the future. These meetings provide the communities living along the Nore, and tributaries such as the Delour, Erkina, Goul and Gully, with an opportunity to have their say.

Mark Clancy, LEADER Project Officer with Laois Partnership

“The Nore Vision covers a wide range of interests from ecology, flooding and management to heritage, education and more. It’s about the quality of life in our communities and their attractiveness as places to do business and as visitor destinations,” he said.

“At these upcoming community workshops, we want to hear from those who use and enjoy their local rivers as well as from other residents, landowners and businesses, whatever their interests may be. There will be differing views at these workshops but there is also plenty that people can agree on. That is our focus with The Nore Vision, to start where we agree and then work towards a shared understanding of a desirable future for the Nore.”

Agencies including Laois County Council, Local Authority Waters and Communities Office (LAWCO), OPW, NPWS, IFI and The Heritage Council are working with Laois Partnership and KLP on the Vision.

The River Nore Catchment is 2,500 square kilometres, extending from north Tipperary, through Laois and into Kilkenny.

Dates and venues for The Nore Vision community workshops in Laois are:

Rathdowney - The Old Convent School, Main St. on Wednesday, February 14th at 7:30pm

Castletown – Castletown Community Centre on Thursday, February 15th at 7:30pm

To learn more, visit The Nore Vision on Facebook, share your photos of what you love, don’t love or would love to see happen with the Nore on Instagram – thenorevision – or get in touch via TheNoreVision@gmail.com.