Wednesday 21 August 2019

There's a hole: Boats banned from Grand Canal as broken pipe drains 700-metre section

Barges on the Grand Canal on Mespil Road, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Barges on the Grand Canal on Mespil Road, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Allison Bray

All boats have been temporarily banned on part of the Grand Canal in Dublin after a ruptured pipe drained a section of the canal.

Waterways Ireland - the all-Ireland body responsible for maintaining Ireland's inland waterways - has issued a notice advising that all users of the canal, including owners of boats and barges, cannot access the waterway for the time being between Grand Canal Dock and the lock at Suir Road in Inchicore during emergency works.

"Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all users of the Grand Canal that there has been a breach in the canal between Locks 1 and 2 on Suir Road," the notice states.

"Water levels are currently very low. Navigation is not possible at this time due to emergency works."

A source told the Irish Independent that the canal has been off-limits since Saturday when an old sewer pipe ruptured underneath the canal between the locks on Suir Road, Inchicore.

The rupture affected a 700-metre stretch of the canal which was almost entirely drained.

"There's a hole in the canal, basically. It took all the water out," he said, adding it was like a plug being pulled in a sink, draining the water out.

"Every time a boat goes in we lose thousands of gallons of water," he said, adding crews have been working on trying to plug the hole.

Irish Independent

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