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.
What is happening now
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