Having presented a set of options to Fermoy councillors regarding the rebuilding or refurbishing of the Fermoy Weir this week, Engineering consultants informed them that their lobbying abilities would be needed ‘to ensure that funding is gathered from various State entities and bodies’.

At a meeting of Fermoy Municipal District held in County Hall, Diarmaid Cahalane from TJ O’Connor and Associates, outlined the possible design options with a potential cost of €4m. 

Mr Cahalane said that the weir was built 200 years ago but following a substantial breach in 2016, it has continued to collapse. 

He said that historical enquiries had established that there had been a weir on the site as early as the 1500s. 

“The Fermoy Weir is a 200 year old structure, built in the 1800s. It is an integral part of the town. It was breached in recent years and that breach extended in each successive winter season,” he said. 

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