The Three Sisters Rivers, Ireland

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Information about The Three Sisters Rivers in Ireland, including the River Barrow, the River Nore and The River Suir. Also includes information about palces to visit that lie on these riverws.

The Three Sisters Rivers

The Three Sisters Rivers refers to a group of three rivers that run through Ireland. The rivers are the rivers Barrow, Nore and Suir. They all rise at different points near Devil’s Bit Mountain and all meet again at the estuary by Waterford. These rivers are popular fishing locations, with the Rivers Barrow and Suir being a coarse fishing paradise and the River Nore being famed for salmon fishing.  They lie in area that should not be missed if travelling in Ireland.  Along each river are towns that are worthy of a visit for various reasons including historical and architectural interest. Here is an overview of the rivers, the recreational activities that they provide and the towns that are situated on their banks.

The River Barrow

This is the longest of the three rivers and measures one hundred and ninety two kilometres from start to finish. This also makes it the second longest river in Ireland, with only the River Shannon exceeding this distance.

The River Nore

The River Nore is one hundred and forty two kilometres in length and is one of the most popular salmon fishing rivers in the whole of Ireland. The River Nore runs through the counties of Tipperary, Laois and Kilkenny.

The River Suir

The River Suir is the second longest of The Three Sisters Rivers measuring one hundred and eighty four kilometres. The River Suir is a fantastic location for catching brown trout.


The rivers provide a number of recreational activities including coarse fishing, salmon fishing and kayaking. Of course, a walk along any of these rivers is also a pleasant recreational activity to pursue. In addition to this various points along the rivers offer other water sports activities.

Devil’s Bit Mountain

All three rivers rise from different points of The Devil’s Bit Mountain. This mountain rises four hundred and seventy eight metres above ground level and is situated in Northern Tipperary. It is named after a legend which states that the had a bite taken out of it by the devil.


An ideal location for hikers, due to its proximity to the Devil’s Bit Mountain range, this is the fourth largest town in Tipperary. There are a number of buildings of architectural interest in this town that are well worth a visit. These include the clock tower and St Mary’s Church. This town is situated near the rise of all three rivers, so is an ideal starting point for tourists who take an interest in the area as a whole.

Kilkenny City

This ancient city has an intriguing medieval history and is overlooked by a castle which is over eight hundred years old. This makes it an ideal tourist attraction for anybody who has interests in the fields of history or architecture. Some areas of the city also now offer a cosmopolitan feel as there are now the additions of many modern bars and restaurants.


This is the town where all three rivers meet and is situated at the estuary by the Atlantic Ocean. Waterford boasts of being the oldest town in Ireland. It was founded in 914AD by the Vikings. The hub of Waterford is the Quay which is the centre for both commercial and social activities in this area. The Arts has a strong influence on this area and many events and festivals run throughout the year, especially in the summer months.


Elizabeth Nuttall
Posted on Aug 25, 2011
Jonny Delta
Posted on Aug 25, 2011