Athlone (Baile Átha Luain) is a vibrant town located in the Midlands Region in County Westmeath. The thriving town is the largest in the Midlands Region and is a centre for agricultural, industrial and tourist activities in the region.

Athlone town has had a long history of serious flooding, the most significant in recent years occurred in 2009 and 2015. Flooding in Athlone is mainly caused by flows from the River Shannon and its tributaries.

To address the issue of Athlone’s flooding the Shannon Catchment Flood Risk Assessment & Management (CFRAM) Study is currently being advanced by the Office of Public Works (OPW) in partnership with Westmeath County Council and other local authorities.

As part of the CFRAM study a draft Flood Risk Management Plan has been developed for the study area with the proposals for Athlone being proceeded separately to the Shannon CFRAM process.

Consultants were appointed in April 2017, to identify appropriate flood risk alleviation measures for Athlone Town with a view to these measures being implemented as soon as practicable.


The Office of Public Works (OPW), in partnership with Westmeath County Council and other Local Authorities, have commissioned the Shannon Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Study.

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What is happening now

May 2024 – Construction Progress Photographs

Jul 2022 – Archaeological Find The Strand

Mar 2022 – Construction Progress Photographs

July 2021 – Updated Construction Photographs

Engineers Ireland Presentation

Jun 2021 – Discovery of slipway on The Strand

Updated Construction Photos – October 2020

Dec 2019 – Public Consultation Presentation

Dec 2019 – Public Consultation Comments Form

Dec 2019 – Public Information Evening: (Environmental Constraints and Options Assessment of the Athlone Flood Alleviation Scheme – Flood Cell 7 River Al (Creggan), Co. Westmeath)  Thursday 5th December 2019 5pm-8pm Athlone Civic Centre, Church Street, Athlone

May 2019 – Updated construction photos for the Quay, Brick Island and The Strand

Nov 2018 – Construction progress at Iona Park, The Quay and Brick Island

July 2018 – Public Notice Deerpark

May 2018 – An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Kevin Boxer Moran undertake Brick Island site visit ahead of launching a ten-year programme of €1 billion in investment in flood relief measures

April 2018 – Public Notice Golden Island

April 2018 – Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran welcomes further progress on the AFAS with the commencement of works at The Quay for the next phase of flood relief works in Athlone April 2018

March 2018 – Public Notice The Strand

January 2018 – Public Notice Marine View

Nov 2017 – Public Notice Brick Island Nov 2017

Nov 2017 – Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran TD turns sod on Athlone Flood Alleviation Scheme

July 2017 – Public Notice The Quay