Sunday 22 July 2018

Courtown Harbour draining and dredging works come to an end

Sara Gahan

Boats returned to the harbour at Courtown on Saturday as draining and dredging works finally came to an end.

Water levels are now back to normal in the harbour and it will open later this week ahead of its busiest season.

Local councillor Robbie Ireton welcomed the good news and said at the end of the week the harbour will be back to normal.

'They are just finishing off near the entrance of the harbour,' said Cllr Ireton. 'The contractor did a very good job despite the numerous setbacks they had with the bad weather.'

Boat owners were delighted to finally return to the harbour on Saturday, as the harbour had become heavily stilted and almost unusable for the boats that moored there.

The larger yachts were unable to use most of the moorings, and at low tide, many of them were left sitting on the ground, risking great danger.

The draining began late last year, due to the bad weather Ireland experienced in November and December.

It was announced three years ago that Courtown Harbour would be drained and dredged and it is four decades since it was last completely drained of its water.

Delays on the dredging project have long been a source of frustration for harbour users.

The work involved included the damming of the harbour and diversion of the two rivers - the Ounavarra River and Aughboy River.

The contractor then pumped out the water in the harbour to sea, before repairing and re-pointing the harbour walls.

Gorey Guardian