CANAL WALK IN KILKENNY JULY 2021 AND SEPTEMBER 2022
This series of images is from my July 2021 and September 2022 visits to Kilkenny.
This well is located on the Canal Walk on the bank of the River Nore. In 2018 a dog-walker told me that it is known as “Crow’s Well” but at the time I believed that she may have been incorrect as my understanding is that Crow’s Well Lock is at Fennessey’s Mill. However, I was unable to locate a well at Fennessy’s Mill [Archersgrove Mill] when I visited in September 2022. However, I recently discovered that Crow’s well was identified as Spa Well on some old maps and that the well, at Fennessey’s Mill, is so overgrown with briars and bushes that it is almost impossible to locate it.
The Kilkenny Canal is a short stretch of unfinished canal which was originally intended to make the River Nore navigable as far as Kilkenny City. Funding for the canal was provided by the Parliament of Ireland in 1755, to the value of £10,000. Work was abandoned in 1761, and no barges ever completed the journey from the navigable section of the Nore to Kilkenny.
The Canal Walk (parallel to Kilkenny Castle Grounds) is the third section of the Nore Linear Park
The trail begins at the Canal Square on Rose Inn Street where there is a new City pavilion with benches overlooking the Rivercourt hotel, in the shadow of the historic Kilkenny Castle. This is an attractive walk lined for much of its length with mature trees especially limes. The walk runs from Canal Square and terminates at Archersgrove Mills (also known as Fennessey’s Mill) . During Kilkenny Castle Park open hours it is possible to access the grounds of the Castle Park from the Canal Walk. An extension to the walk will eventually take you for miles into the countryside following the course of the River Nore towards the town of Inistioge.