Water glints in sun,
pounds grey rocks, lap green pastures
Rushes to the sea
This part of Wexford is dominated, and bisected, by the River Slaney. This seemingly benign silver stream, popular with fishers, flows from the mountains of Wicklow south through the countryside to Wexford (Loch Garman) where it meets the sea, often a trickle in summer, barely covering the riverbed gravel but in winter and spring, engorged with heavy rain, a torrent that escapes its banks and floods the quay at Enniscorthy. The river is named after the Irish Chieftan Slainghe or perhaps not since it may also be called the Abhainn na Sláine or river of health. The Vikings used it as a navigable ingress into Ireland from Wexford in 819AD. They called Wexford Weisfiord – the bay of mud flats.
The river is 117 km long and flows from Lugnaquilla south and south east through Tullow, Bunclody and Enniscorthy and at the bottom of the lovely garden at Altamont, between Bunclody and Carlow off the N80.
I don’t fish but trout and salmon can be caught in the Slaney.