The Freshwater Pearl Mussel is a very rare mussel that only occurs in three river systems in Waterford and this includes the River Clodiagh between Rathgormack and Portlaw. Pearl Mussels are fascinating in that they can live to be 140 years old but need very high water quality in which to survive.
In an effort to raise awareness on the importance and conservation of this unique species Waterford City & County Council developed a project in conjunction with three schools in the River Clodiagh Catchment- Rathgormack, Clonea-Power and Portlaw called Pearls of Wisdom. The project involved an ecologist visiting the schools to teach them about the fascinating and challenging life cycle and history of the Pearl Mussel followed by a creative project whereby the students produced a display of their work arising from lessons learned from the project .
Please note that the details of events listed above are provided by the relevant Local Authorities.