A Bit of a Whinge…

There’s really very little going on at the moment – the winter has been dragging on and on this year with double figure temperatures still very elusive and frost most mornings. From taking to the gang at the Sandycove Swimmers spring dinner the other night, it sounds like practically nobody is swimming in the sea at the moment! Because of this, I’ve pretty much nothing to write about so I’ll just have a bit of a whinge instead…

Last year, works began on the Fermoy South Drainage Scheme. The aim of this scheme is to “save” the town from floods which happen once or twice a year. So far, the whole project has cost, I believe, some where in the region of €37 million (with no guarantee of effectiveness), has caused untold disruption in the town, more so than any flood has, not to mention the total loss of the aesthetic appeal of the town, mostly through the loss of trees.

Photograph – Owen O'Keefe

Flood prevention works on Ashe Quay, Fermoy as seen from the bridge on 5 April 2013.

My main issue with the project is that it seems to be part of an ongoing process of Fermoy turning its back on the river. Were it not for the River Blackwater, the town wouldn’t even be here and it is still the source of a huge amount of revenue in the town, especially during the summertime with visiting coarse and game fishermen and oars-people. The total abandonment of the plan of what works were to be done when has meant that there has been a big reduction in parking in the town centre and extremely limited access to the river. This has affected both Fermoy Rowing Club, who may even have to cancel the Fermoy Regatta which is one of the busiest days of the year in Fermoy, and swimmers who haven’t been able to get in and out of the river. It remains to be seen when the whole affair might be completed – it won’t be anytime soon.

On the plus side, though, we have gotten a nice new slipway out of the whole project. This new slipway is located on Barnane Walk, immediately in front of Fermoy Rowing Club, and should make it safer and easier for large groups to get in and out of the water…

Photograph – Owen O'Keefe

New slipway at Fermoy Rowing Club just after opening on 4 April 2013.

On a related subject, entries are now open for the Martin Duggan Memorial Swim 2013 on Friday, 14 June at Fermoy Rowing Club. You can enter online or on paper and all relevant information can be fount here: Enter | Martin Duggan Memorial Swim

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