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Saturday 23 August 2014

Historic ESB chimneys bow out with a bang

Published 25/07/2009 | 00:00

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The ESB demolished the two remaining chimney stacks

A FAMOUS riverside landmark was reduced to rubble in a matter of seconds yesterday.

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The ESB demolished the two remaining chimney stacks on the banks of the Shannon at their old plant in Shannonbridge, Co Offaly.

The chimney stacks featured in the midlands-based series 'Pure Mule' and were clearly visible from the river Shannon.

British demolition experts Robinson and Birdsell Ltd spent two weeks preparing the two chimneys for demolition. The taller stack measured 300 ft and was built in the 1980s.

Shannonbridge native and former ESB worker Derry Killeen suggested hanging a flag in place of the stacks for confused Shannon navigators.

"I'm sorry to see it. I think it could have been put to better use than knocking it," he said.

The Irish Aviation Authority issued a warning to aircraft to avoid flying in the area between 9am and 11am yesterday and to exercise caution. as "a large dust cloud may form post demolition". The cloud failed to materialise, though, as a downpour soaked both stacks and onlookers.

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