Carrick-on-Suir Regeneration Plan

'A Journey from the Suir Blueway to the Ormond Castle Quarter'

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Phase 1 Contract Awarded- GLAS Civil Engineering Ltd


Front row – left to right  Cathaoirleach Tipperary County Council Ger Darcy, Cathaoirleach Carrick on Suir Municipal District Kieran Bourke, Joe MacGrath Chief Executive Tipperary Council, Declan Foley GLAS Civil Engineering Ltd, Martin Fitzgerald GLAS Civil Engineering Ltd. 
Back Row – left to right  Cllr. David Dunne, Brian Beck Director of Services, Marie O Gorman District Administrator, Denis Power, District Engineer, Ciarán O Shea Project Manager, Peter O Donnell, Malachy Walsh and Partners.


Tipperary County Council are delighted to announce that GLAS Civil Engineering Ltd.  have been awarded the construction works contract for Phase 1 of the Carrick-on-Suir Regeneration Plan “A Journey from the Suir Blueway to the Ormond Castle Quarter”. The value of this Phase 1 contract is €2,387,966.99 which is being funded by the Rural Regeneration Development Fund and part funded by Tipperary County Council. The contract was signed on 24th. October 2023 at Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District Offices, New Street, Carrick on Suir, Co. Tipperary. This project has evolved and developed over a number of years with invaluable support and input from Carrick-on-Suir Tourism and Economic Development Committee and multiple stakeholders and with extensive public consultation greatly influencing the design of the scheme.

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Regeneration Plan

Carrick on Suir Municipal District, in partnership with the Carrick on Suir Tourism and Economic Development Committee and multiple stakeholders have prepared a whole-town transformative Regeneration Plan. Planning permission and detailed plans and drawings have been prepared with the support of funding received from the Department of Rural and Community Development under their Rural Regeneration and Development Fund. The support and ambition of the community and stakeholders in the town have been key in bringing this vison forward.

The proposed Regeneration Plan is subject to a funding application to the Department and a decision is due in September 2022. The following attachments set out relevant details of the proposed Plan and funding application and the attached video summaries the proposed Regeneration vision.

  1. Supplementary Document to the funding application
  2. Schedule of Plans and Drawings for the Regeneration Area.
  3. Tourism Investment Assessment Report
  4. Stakeholder Survey Results

Click above to view our Regeneration Plan Video


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Solving Our Own Problems

At a workshop held in November 2016, hosted by the Heritage Council and Tipperary County Council, a wide range of measures were identified for addressing the physical, economic and social regeneration of Carrick-on-Suir, including:

  • Focus on Main Street to become a desirable destination
  • Widen footpaths on Main Street to provide for a more pleasant shopping environment
  • Create more desirable weekend experiences- with the Castle as a hub of activities
  • Identify the town’s assets - the River Suir, the Marina, Ormond Castle, the Greenway, Cycling, etc.
  • Sell the town as a destination spot for day trippers using programmes and initiatives such as the Butler trail, The East Munster way, the Suir Blueway, etc.
  • Improve traffic flow on the Main Street as part of public realm enhancement
  • Improve awareness of parking options and orientation in general
  • Improve definition of town centre and central area zones
  • Improve the environment for cyclists
  • Improve access to Ormond Castle
  • Reduce dereliction and improve accommodation in the town centre
  • Develop pedestrian friendly zones in key locations with special emphasis on the historic commercial spine of Main Street
  • Continue the Greenway route into the core of the town where there should be facilities provided at the terminal point


The County Council has now appointed Malachy Walsh and Partners (Engineers) and Nicholas de Jong Associates (Urban Design) to prepare the Carrick-on-Suir Regeneration Plan, which actively draws on the ‘Solving our Own Problems’ programme. The Plan will focus on the public realm and urban amenity areas of the town centre with specific emphasis on linkages to the Blueway and the Ormond Castle, and helping to promote Carrick-on-Suir as a tourism destination.

The Regeneration Plan will primarily deliver the following two elements:

  1. Design and enhancement of the Suir Blueway from Sean Healy Park to Ormond Castle
  2. Regeneration, public realm design and enhancement of the town

Your ideas are needed to inform and shape this exciting initiative for Carrick-on-Suir.



Project Scope

During 2021 it is proposed, with your help, to prepare a Tourism and Heritage Regeneration Plan for Carrick-on-Suir. The overall vision is to prepare plans for the enhancement of the town as a visitor destination based on its potential as a key attraction in Ireland’s Ancient East on the Suir Blueway.

Key actions include:
  • Develop an agreed Vision Statement
  • Reduce vehicle dominance and improve pedestrian/cycle movement and junction capacity
  • Develop Healy Park as a water sports arrival point and community amenity
  • Attractive and easy linkages for walkers and cyclists between Healy Park and the Town centre
  • Ensure Main Street is a pleasant and safe place to be
  • Develop nodes of activity at key public spaces
  • Attractive and easy linkages between Ormond Castle
  • Quarter and Main Street
  • Continuation of Suir Blueway from Healy Park to Ormond Castle Park
  • Identify Town Centre location for second Digital Hub
  • Enhanced biodiversity through best practice in pollinator-friendly spaces and sustainable urban drainage design
  • Enhanced orientation throughout the town by creating a pedestrian and cycle friendly environment
  • Consistent high quality materials
  • Align existing Suir Blueway marketing with Carrick-on-Suir marketing
  • Climate action- opportunities for green design features
  • Measures to avoid anti-social behaviour
  • Opportunities to enhance public realm at night


Map Key
  1. Enhanced linkages between Ormond Castle and the central core.
  2. Sean Kelly Square Public Realm Enhancement.
  3. Possible second Digital Hub.
  4. Enhancement of the central core.
  5. Amenity improvement for Healy Park and linkages with Town centre.

What makes a great town?

Attractions help to define a town’s identity and comprise the range and diversity of shopping and other activities which draw in customers and visitors.
Successful centres need to be easily accessible by the surrounding areas through road and public transport networks. Ease of access within a town between public transport stops, carparks, and key attractions is also essential.
Health & Wellbeing
A healthy town needs to be a pleasant place to spend time in. It should be attractive in terms of environmental quality and urban design, it should be safe and it should have a distinct identity or image.

Carrick-on-Suir has much to offer...

Strong Vibrant Centre

  • Good selection of independent shops.
  • Cafes, restaurants and pubs
  • Safe environment
  • Pedestrian space
  • Accessible parking
  • Attractive waterfront

A Great Place to Visit

  • River Suir
  • Ormond Castle
  • Town Walls
  • Heritage Centre
  • The Butler Trail
  • Lingaun Valley
  • The Old Bridge

Festivals & Events

  • Clancy Brothers Festival
  • Brewery Lane and Strand Theatres
  • Maurice Davin Festival
  • Dick Meany Trophy
  • Farmers Market
  • Willie Loughman Forest Rally

A Great Place to Live & Work

  • Good selection of housing
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Strong Community
  • Good schools and healthcare facilities
  • Sports and recreation
  • Attractive environment

Riverside Amenities

  • Suir Blueway
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Angling
  • Walking/jogging/cycling
  • Bird watching
  • Public marina

Carrick-on-Suir has much to offer...

Mobility Options

  • National rail station with regular services to Waterford, Clonmel and Limerick Junction
  • Bus services to Waterford and Clonmel
  • Ring a Link to Grangemockler
  • Cycling and walking routes


  • Walkable town centre
  • Convenient off street car parking
  • A network of laneways
  • Main street spine
  • Safe streets
  • Signage and interpretation

Suir Waterway

  • Towpath Walking & Cycling
  • Public Marina
  • The Suir navigation to Waterford

Carrick-on-Suir has much to offer...
Health & Wellbeing

Community Facilities

  • Good choice of schools
  • Independent shops
  • Pubs, Cafes and Restaurants
  • Places of worship
  • Good healthcare facilities
  • Carrick-on-Suir Community Resource Centre

Good Access to Natural Amenities

  • Suir Blueway
  • Slievenamon
  • Comeragh Mountains
  • Mahon Falls
  • Close proximity to the coast
  • Glen River

Community Groups

  • Strong community organisations
  • Strong parishes
  • Numerous sports teams & clubs

Sports and Recreation

  • Sean Kelly Sports Centre
  • Carrick Davins, Swans and St Molleran’s GAA clubs
  • Carrick United AFC
  • Triathlon Club
  • Panduit Carrick Wheelers
  • St. Nicholas Boxing Club
  • Castleview Lawn Tennis Club
  • Strolling by the Suir

Next Steps

Timeline 2023

Phase 1 will commence in November 2023 taking approx. 20 weeks. The physical works included in Phase 1 are:
  • At Sean Healy Park – construction of new footpaths, hard paved areas and widening of the Suir Blueway including associated landscaping and services/utilities to serve the proposed and future uses.
  • The Suir Blueway will be extended to connect to North Quay to provide cycleway and pedestrian linkages from Sean Healy Park to Ormond Castle.
  • Upgrade of the Castle Street approach to Ormond Castle Park.
  • Undertaking of ecological and amenity improvements within Castle Park grounds including new lighting along Strand Walk and repointing of Castle Park walls.


Map of phases

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Photography: Pete Smith