Over 120 Limerick citizens attended our Limerick City River Evening in Ormston House earlier this month. As Living Limerick summed up topics discussed on the night included Shannon water quality, flooding, barriers to fish migration, endangered habitats and species, navigation by boat, pollution, river clean ups, recreation and swimability!

We were fortunate the brilliant Wendigo Media were on hand to film all the presentations from the night as follows:

Elisa O’Donovan from SwimableLimerick introduced the night, followed by Pat Lysaght, Limerick’s very own Eye of the River. Pat spoke about the various locks and bridges throughout the city, as well as the current and flow that impacts getting out and about on the boat.

 

Will O’Connor, an environmental scientist from Ecofact, spoke of the key factors influencing the ecology of the city river. The lower River Shannon is also a special area of conversation due to the River Lamprey, Atlantic salmon and otters to name a few that live in this habitat. Will spoke about the plight of many of these species due to the hydroelectric development at Ardnacrusha and the impact it has on our city river.

Limerick Riverpath Volunteers spoke about their activities looking after our canal and riverbanks. They are active in the area of the old towpath that goes along the canal bank all the way up to the junction with the Shannon and further to the University of Limerick. They have a Riverside Clean Up taking place on March 11th so please join the if you can.

 

 

Ruairí Ó Conchúir, our local Community Water Officer, spoke about the role of the new Local Authority Waters and Communities Office.  He highlighted the water quality of the city river and surrounding waters as well as future plans for the Lower River Shannon.

 

So, what are the next steps…..

  • SwimableLimerick will be teaming up with Ecofact to run an event in Limerick city on World Fish Migration Day that takes place on 21st April. If you are interested in getting involved then please drop us an email or text/call 087-9120231

 

  • We hope to hold another open meeting in March with the LiveableLimerick camapign in relation to reviving our riverside and actions towards achieving our hopes of public, recreational and swimable amenities alongside our city river. More details to follow in the coming week

 

Finally, a little bit more information from the night…..

Concerns were raised in relation to the Shannon Pipeline being built by Irish Water. Further information is available here

Please support the wonderful Limerick Boat Club’s ‘Raise the Roof’ campaign by joining them at Jerry Flannerys bar this Sunday 25th from 2.30pm for an auction of some beuatiful art pieces. More information here