Several Clare roads remain under water

Several Clare roads remain under water


The road at Poundtown near Kilnaboy remains under several feet of water – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2020

Several roads across the county remain under water and impassible following recent heavy rain.

Roads in the Newmarket on Fergus and Kilnaboy areas in particular have been left impassible except in some cases by large farm machinery.

A local road in the townland of Poundtown, Kilnaboy, close to Mullaghmore Mountain in the Burren National Park, remains under several feet of water due to flooding arising from the impact of recent heavy rainfall on a local turlough. The area is prone to flooding at times of exceptional and prolonged heavy rain.

Clare County Council confirmed that roads currently impassable are at Lough Bunny; Quakerstown; Poundtown (Mullaghmore); Gortlecka; Ranaghan; Road adjacent to Michael Cusacks GAA Field; Springfield (Clonlara) and Doorus.

An aerial shot of the flooding at Poundtown near Mullaghmore in the Burren – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2020

The council has said that they expect most of these routes will be clear over the coming two weeks however, the flooding at Doorus and Springfield may take slightly longer.

Works also continued this week to clear thousands of tonnes of stone that was washed onto a carpark at Doolin Pier. The carpark has been left covered in stones and rocks repeatedly after successive storms.

The scene at the carpark in Doolin after Storm Ciara last month –  Photo: © Pat Flynn 2020
Work continued this week to clear rocks from the carpark at Doolin – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2020
Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.