Almost two centuries after it was first planned Limerick city opens a weir and marina which will provide access and berthing facilities for up to 30 pleasure boats.
A marina was first planned for Limerick city in 1824 when the Sarsfield Bridge was being built. However, the plans were abandoned when money ran out. Funded by the new north-south body Waterways Ireland with Limerick Corporation and Shannon Development, the project has finally been completed almost two hundred years later. The marina was constructed as part of the £150 million main drainage scheme for Limerick.
Seamus O'Sullivan Limerick City Engineer speaks to RTÉ News about the cost of the project, and John Martin from Waterways Ireland comments on the success of the new marina and what it what it means for navigating the River Shannon. The new marina now opens the river Shannon all the way from Beleek in County Fermanagh to the estuary at Limerick.
The marina was officially opened by Minister Síle de Valera.
An RTÉ News report by Cathy Halloran broadcast on 20 July 2001.