The River blackwater flows softly and quitely through the eyes of the famous bridge that has been a much admired landmark in the town since the 17th Century. (Picture: John Hallinan)

Reports regarding emergency repair works carried out downstream of Kent Bridge in Fermoy last year have revealed that the breach in the weir could have led to ‘large scale ground collapse’ in Fermoy.

Last week, the 2021 Office of Public Works (OPW) Site Specific Appropriate Assessments were published, including works carried out in the River Blackwater near Mill Island.

The works, carried out by the OPW, began in October 2020 continuing until late December last year.

At the time, it was expected that works would be complete within four weeks, however, the works took longer than expected, lasting almost three months and costing an estimated €345,000 plus VAT.

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