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The Blackwater is famous the world over as a salmon river, but for hundreds of years its deep dark waters made it a perfect artery of commerce. From Sir Walter Raleigh and his potato to the current Duke of Devonshire in Lismore Castle, this part of Ireland has long traded with the farthest corners of the globe.

In Victorian times, White’s of King’s Street (now O’Connell Street) in Waterford was the largest spice importer in the country, and they grew wealthy shipping everything from sugar to cinnamon into the region. Also, the first steamboat in Ireland was on the Blackwater as were the last sailing schooners to travel the coastal waters between Ireland and Britain.