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First Big Winter Flood in the Mulkear Catchment

It was a case of golden leaves falling down on chocolate brown water as the first big winter flood of 2013 passed through the Mulkear Catchment today. In exceptionally mild-weather the catchment was alive with the sound of rushing water.


Clare Glens, Clare River, Limerick-Tipp border (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

Flood waters reached their peak on the lower Mulkear River just after lunchtime. But all rivers, from the headwaters down, were in flood since yesterday, as the catchment experienced the first major flood of the winter. The following is a selection of images from throughout the Mulkear catchment today.


Clare Bridge, Clare River, Limerick-Tipp border (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)


Clare Glens, Clare River, Limerick-Tipp border (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)


Clare Glens, Clare River, Limerick-Tipp border (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)


Newport River in flood (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)


Main stem of the Mulkear River, below Ballyclogh weir (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)


Mulkear River, at Ballyclogh weir (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)


Mulkear River, from above Ballyclogh weir (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)


Mulkear River, at Annacotty weir (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

While the rivers were in flood and golden leaves feel to the ground, birds were busy collecting the abundant food throughout the catchment brought about by the extremely mild weather.


Autumn leaves on the Mulkear River (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)


Dipper on the Newport River (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)


Long tailed tit on the Mulkear River (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)


Robin on the Mulkear River (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

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