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River Nore
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River Nore in Kilkenny
Origin Devil's Bit Mountain, County Tipperary
Mouth Celtic Sea at Waterford

The River Nore (Irish: An Fheoir) is one of the Three Sisters rivers which flow into the Atlantic Ocean at Waterford Harbour in Ireland. The Nore rises in County Tipperary and flows through County Laois and County Kilkenny and into the River Barrow.The river nore is 140 km (87 mi) long and its drainage catchment area is 977 square miles.[1 ]

Popular with anglers, it holds plentiful reserves of brown trout and salmon.



The Nore rises on the eastern slopes of the Devil's Bit Mountain in County Tipperary, flowing south-eastwards into County Laois and County Kilkenny before joining the River Barrow just north of New Ross.[2]

The river passes near Durrow, County Laois then through Ballyragget, city of Kilkenny and then the villages of Bennettsbridge and Thomastown. It flows through the Mount Juliet estate. Further south, it forms a picturesque V-shaped river valley, particularly notable near the village of Inistioge, the tidal limit. Major tributaries of the Nore include the Dinin, the Breagagh at Kilkenny City, the King's River, the Little Arrigle and the Black Water.

Maps of the nore's course

List places along with the river.

List the tributaries

  • Dinin
  • Breagagh
  • King's River
  • Little Arrigle
  • Black Water


It rises on a sandstone base but the catchment soon turns to limestone and remains so to the sea. The countryside is one of mixed farming, with some tillage, quite a bit of pasture and dairying and some bloodstock. The river has a fairly steep gradient but the flow is checked by innumerable weirs and itis probably true to say that shallow glides are the pre-dominant feature.[1 ]


River Nore at Thomastown in County Kilkenny

In pre-Famine years, many water powered industries existed in the Nore valley, particularly in the ten mile stretch between Kilkenny City and Thomastown; breweries, woolen mills, sawmills, marble works, distillaries and grain mills. Flax and linen were also produced just north of Kilkenny City.


Kilkenny fishing club has extensive fishing rights on the River Nore and its tributary, the Dinin River. These waters hold salmon and brown trout.[1 ]

Some of these weirs alon the have good playboating qualities, the river is long and mostly flat and dotted with weirs at most of the villages it passes through. [3]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Irishfisheries River Nore Fishing
  2. ^ Hughes 1863.
  3. ^ Irish whitewater river guide to the Nore

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Coordinates: 52°25′N 6°57′W / 52.417°N 6.95°W / 52.417; -6.95



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