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First multi-agency meeting focusing on the Quoile

The first multi-agency meeting to address concerns at the river Quoile was held today, 22nd November 2022. Chaired by Councillor Gareth Sharvin, the meeting was attended by representatives of Clean up the Quoile, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Inland Fisheries at...

Myths and legends at the Quoile

What an interesting and informative day spent at the Quoile! The first 'walk and learn' tour proved a huge success with Duane Fitzsimmons talking us through the myths and legends of a once busy shipping lane. Through the centuries many...

Quoile Walk and Learn series launched

Clean up the Quoile has teamed up with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council to deliver two 'walk and learn' events, which delve into the cultural and historical background of the River Quoile area.   Explore the Quoile - Myths...

Local representatives from all political parties show support for River Quoile clean up

Contamination along the River Quoile in Downpatrick threatens the health of users while it remains unclean. That's the findings of water tests carried out by Clean up the Quoile in 2020: High levels of E.coli, enterococci and coliforms found at...

River Quoile clean up at Belfast Road

When culverts (tunnels that carry streams under roads) become blocked by silt and other debris, it can cause problems for the natural environment. There has been a build-up of silt in culverts at Belfast Road for some time and this...

Disabled are denied freedom of fishing

Anglers at the River Quoile are frustrated that those with disabilities are still being ‘denied freedom of fishing’ after new railings at the Old Floodgates prevents them from having direct access to the river to fish. Despite several pleas from...

Farming central to conserving Quoile area

A strong feature of the Quoile area is bio-diversity, wetland and rough grazing habitat, along with the crisscross pattern of hedges and field boundaries. Local farmers and land stewards can help to protect the River Quoile: Fence off to protect...

Locals disgusted with water quality at River Quoile

Clean up the Quoile conducted a survey among Downpatrick residents recently (May 2022), asking them whether they thought the River Quoile was in a good environmental condition. 78% of respondents said they believed the River Quoile was not in a...

Lack of amenities discourages visitors to the Quoile

The Quoile Estuary is strongly associated with legends of Saint Patrick who landed in the area. A large tourist information centre tells the story less than two miles away in Downpatrick town centre, yet there is no link-up at the...

Quoile attracts migrating wading birds in the spring and autumn

The Quoile is rich in insects, providing food for fish such as rudd and eels. In turn, these may be eaten by grey herons, cormorants and grebes. An excellent site for birdwatching, the Quoile attracts migrating wading birds in the...