'The Noble Quay'
A popular thing to do for Waterford people is to ‘walk the quay’ - the mile long stretch from Rice Bridge to the William Vincent Wallace Plaza - particularly on a summer's evening. In recent years the local council have installed special glass walls along the boardwalk, so it’s now possible to walk along the quay and look at the boats in the Marina, and the River Suir in full flow. The quay is close to the Viking Triangle and the shopping area of Waterford City, part of Ireland's Ancient East.
Below is taken from the Dublin Penny Journal, Volume 1, Number 24, December 8, 1832.
"The Citizens of Waterford are justly proud of the beauty of their Harbour, and still more of their Quay, which is not rivalled by anything of the kind in Ireland. It is an English mile in length, and presents a continued line with scarcely any interruption throughout its entire extent, a portion adjoining the river being divided off from the carriage way the whole length of the Quay, and forming a truly delightful promenade, such as few cities can produce. Of the general effect of this beautiful object, our prefixed illustration will convey some idea, but the natural beauty of the surrounding scenery must be seen to be properly appreciated.
The Suir is a magnificent river, affording a depth of water, varying from twenty to sixty-five feet at low water; and vessels of nearly 800 tons may come up close to the Quay, a circumstance which has been found peculiarly favourable for the embarkation of cavalry and military stores. The opposite banks of this noble river are connected by a wooden bridge of modern erection, which greatly adds to the interest and picturesque effect of the scene. Of this bridge we extract the following account from the excellent history of Waterford, by the Rev. Mr. Ryland.
The wooden bridge connecting Waterford and the County Kilkenny was undertaken in 1793, by a company, (incorporated by act of Parliament), who subscribed £30,000 to complete the work, including the purchase of the Ferry."
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