The Nore Suir Rivers Trust was set up by the angling clubs along the Nore and Suir in 2006. The Trust’s mission was to “support research, conservation and public education initiatives that will benefit the freshwater fish resources, associated fisheries and environment of the Nore and Suir Rivers, and to preserve for future generations a valuable part of Ireland’s natural heritage.”
During the lifetime of the Trust much work was done with many reports and research completed and river works were carried out to improve the environment for fish in the Nore and Suir Rivers. A selection of these reports which can be found at the end of this page
But nothing stays the same and the Nore Suir River Trust evolved into the Nore Vision- Nore River Catchment Trust in 2021 which focuses solely on the Nore Catchment but with a broader remit.
Nore Vision – Nore River Catchment Trust exists so communities in the Nore catchment can collectively take actions that will help improve the quality of the river and its tributaries. Those actions have for the most part been identified by the communities themselves and focus on environment and heritage, land use and enterprise, and recreation and amenity.
The training and educational programmes undertaken by the Tipperary, Laois and Kilkenny Leader companies under Nore Vision 2018 -2021 laid the foundations of this work as did the work carried out by the anglers in the Nore Suir River Trust. We continue to engage, motivate and collaborate with skilled and interested individuals to address the challenges presented by climate change, biodiversity loss and poor water quality. Nore Vision- NRCT provides a sustainable structure through which everyone can all be part of the solution.
Following consultation of the draft strategy, Strategy 2022 – 2027 was launched in November 2021.
Board Of Directors
The first meeting was held in March 2021 with representatives from across various sectors including agriculture, fisheries, local development, recreation and ecology. Directors are from all counties and meet a minimum of six times per year.
Michael Starrett chaired the board through its first two years and was instrumental is creating a well-structured and sustainable method of working and achieving the agreed objectives. Bob Wemyss, angler and environmentalist took over from Michael in January 2023. Bob has a wealth of knowledge and experience of all things connected to the river.
With funding from The Heritage Council and Local Authority Waters Programme, Nore Vision- NRCT took on its first employee in June 2022. The project leader with the support of the board works on the day to day running of the organisation and the delivery of the strategy.