The River Nore is a 140-kilometre (87 miles) long river located in south-east of Ireland. Along with the River Suir and the River Barrow, these three rivers are known as the “Three Sisters”. The river drains about 977 square miles of Leinster.
The River Nore rises on the eastern slopes of the Devil’s Bit Mountain in the townland of Borrisnoe, County Tipperary. It then flows south-eastwards to Co. Laois and Co. Kilkenny before joining the River Barrow, north of New Ross near the Barrow Bridge. The river passes near Durrow, County Laois then through Ballyragget, the city of Kilkenny and then the villages of Bennettsbridge and Thomastown. It flows through the Mount Juliet estate. Further south, it forms a V-shaped river valley, particularly notable near the village of Inistioge, the tidal limit. Major tributaries of the Nore include the Dinin, the Breagagh at Kilkenny City, the King’s River, the Little Arrigle and the Black Water. The river empties into the Celtic Sea at Waterford Harbour, Co. Waterford.
At Inistogue, Co. Kilkenny, Salmon, Brown Trout, Sea Trout, and Eels may be caught. This was once one of the finest salmon rivers in the country, but has dramatically declined recently. The grilse run, ie (salmon on its first return from the sea to fresh water) change frequently and so too the autumn run.
The peak of the grilse fishing is from mid June till early July and the autumn, being mid August. These fish can be big – from 12 to 20lb – but the run is uncertain. The Nore is also noted to have an excellent stock of Brown Trout and Pike.