New Ross District cultural & entertainment roundup, this Christmas

From the always excellent “What’s happenin’ Wexford?” (please subscribe by emailing: )

  • New Ross has its own Festive Craft Fair at the Brandon House Hotel this Sat and Sun, 10am-5pm.
  • This St. Stephen’s Day at Hook Lighthouse is ‘Daisy Day’ … will see the hunt take place and children receiving a chocolate penny for their efforts. This is a free event.
  • Dec 14 (7pm) Newbawn Christmas Concert, Church of the Sacred Heart, Newbawn, Co Wexford. Proceeds to local senior citizens’ party.
  • Dec 15 (8pm) Frankie’s Guys – Oh What A Night: A Celebration of Frankie Valli and The Four SeasonsSt Michael’s Theatre, New Ross. Tickets €10. Tel 051 421255.
  • Dec 15 Green Road, Grantstown Church, Grantstown, Wellingtonbridge, Co Wexford. In association with local day care centre. Adm €12 / €7.
  • Dec 16 (7.45pm) Christmas Panto, Rathnure Hall, Rathnure, Co Wexford.
  • Dec 17,18,19 (11am daily) Shakespeare Rocks by Steve Titford, St Michael’s Theatre, New Ross. Featuring  the 6th class boys and girls of Edmund Rice Senior School. Note: late 7pm show on Dec 19. Tel 051 421255.
  • Dec 17 (7.45pm) Christmas Panto, Rathnure Hall, Rathnure, Co Wexford.
  • Dec 18 (7.30pm) Christmas Music Night, Dunbrody Visitor Centre, New Ross, Co Wexford. Loads of special guests.
  • Dec 20 (7.30pm) Christmas Music Night, Dunbrody Visitor Centre, New Ross, Co Wexford. Loads of special guests.
  • Dec 20 Social dancing with Michelle and Tom Murphy, Tír na nÓg, Wellingtonbridge, Co Wexford.
  • Dec 27-29 (7.45pm nightly) Christmas Panto, Rathnure Hall, Rathnure, Co Wexford.
  • Dec 31 Social dancing with Jimmy Barnwell, Tír na nÓg, Wellingtonbridge, Co Wexford.

This just represents “what’s happenin’” around New Ross – it is an amazing regular service, by Senan O’Reilly; you should subscribe by emailing

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My final ever Municipal motion passes unanimously – no hard border through Foulkesmill…

That this Council agrees to include the village of Foulkesmill and its environs as a viable unit within the Engineer’s district boundary of New Ross;

With suggested environs (subject to Engineer’s confirmation of practicality) including the road and areas  North of the road connecting: Stoneenrath Crossroads, through Hares Mead Bridge, along the R736 from Rosspile, through Longraigue Cross Roads, towards Bryanstown Bridge.

Further info: this is an attempt to undo some of the practical problems created by the best minds in Dublin –

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My county motion passed: inclusively & respectfully remembering “the Wild Geese” on 11/November

This council, recognising:

– the historical impact of the Irish who – like the Wild Geese – have fought abroad throughout the centuries, out of necessity or commitment;

– the sacrifices and traumas of both fighters and survivors of those conflicts;

– the diversity of our diaspora and national experiences;

– our significant UN peacekeeping commitments;

Will commemorate all such broader “Wild Geese” simply, inclusively, and respectfully on November 11 (“Armistice Day”/US Veterans of Foreign Wars/Remembrance Day)

My spoken statement at the Council:

“This motion is about trying to be inclusive and pluralistic. It is not about celebrating any military conflict or particular military institutions.”

“To give some personal background as motive: my Grandfather Michael O’Connell was in the 49th Reserve Regiment of New York; my Grand Aunt Annette and father’s cousin John O’Keefe were in the US Army in WWII; finally, my Godfather and Uncle Colm O’Kelly was in the RAF in Egypt after WWII.”

“I’d like it if these people could be included in a public remembrance. But I do think that unfortunately on this side of the Atlantic we get fixated on one symbol to the exclusion of all else.”

None of the people I just mentioned, for example, ever wore a poppy in their lives.

“That’s not to disparage anyone who does – I appreciate different families have different traditions, and I want to respect that.”

“But if we want to be inclusive, we should be respectful of our broader diaspora.”

“We should also be respectful towards people on this island, who might have had a very different or traumatic experience at the hands of certain military institutions. Their experience is valid too [1].”

“The reason I mentioned our UN involvement, is because after centuries of us having to emigrate, and fight in other peoples’ wars, I thought this was a fitting conclusion to the Wild Geese – a foreign military involvement we could all be proud of.”

“Thank you for your consideration if this motion.”

Further information:

[1] We should certainly consider the experiences of those who suffered awfully at the wrong end of British arms – for example, victims and survivors of the Ballymurphy Massacre:

Truth of the Para’s Ballymurphy massacre is finally being told – Irish Central

In a broader context, it’s worth remembering, that the same British state (Empire) being fought against in the IRA’s Operation Harvest, was the one that was torturing Barack Obama’s grandfather in Kenya – about five years prior:

Revealed: Britain’s torture of Obama’s grandfather Hussein Onyango Obama, a British soldier in the second world war, was locked up as a Mau Mau rebel in Kenya – The Guardian.

Note also – this council motion follows on from a Wexford motion adopted at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis 2014, that I was involved with drafting:

SF Ard Fheis motion 176 of 2014 (passed):

Generations of Irish have fled historical, social and economic tribulations at home by following the flight path of ‘The Wild Geese’ abroad. This has often been at great personal and family sacrifice, collectively showing great physical bravery, all-too-human vulnerability, and sometimes remarkable moral courage, from the Irish Brigades of Continental Europe to the San Patricio Brigade of Mexico, from the US Civil War to the Spanish Civil War, in wars of personal commitment, of international political catastrophes that devoured entire generations of the young, and in modern missions of mercy with the United Nations.

In acknowledgement of this, this Ard Fheis believes that Ireland as a whole – from this island to its global diaspora – should create its own inclusive symbols to commemorate this and remember such a legacy that are not merely derivative of another nation’s officially crafted attitude to one particular war.

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My County motion passed: archiving of substantial policy documents by @wexlibraries

In the interests of transparency and accountability: [ammended: “substantial”] policy documents adopted by Elected Members of this Council, will be archived online permanently – in an accessible manner for the public.

As I understand that Wexford County Archive (run by the Library service) does something similar, I asked for them to do it – qualifying the request with “substantial” (e.g. documents bound with own covers) and leaving it to their discretion to interpret.

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I am resigning from @WexfordCoCo — @wexford2day @southeastradio @slaney_news @lgiuireland @newrossstandard

(My statement at end of meeting today)

Today is my last County meeting as Councillor.

Over the last year, I’ve been increasingly aware of the three areas needing focus in my life: family, personal projects and work, and politics.

Regarding family: when I first became publicly involved in politics in 2013, my eldest son Kierán was a baby. When electioneering in 2014, we had our baby Erin. In the 2016 Centenary, we had our youngest, Breandán.

My very supportive wife, Karla, and I both have projects and dreams to work on, as well as my farm to look after.

This is in addition to my councillor work.

In order to be proud of my commitments in any of these areas, I have realised that I need to choose two of the three to focus on.

As a consequence I will be resigning from the Council before Christmas.

One major concern about this decision is whether we could get a suitable person to replace me.

I’m delighted that last Friday, in a Sinn Féin selection convention, I was able to propose someone that I know is dedicated, capable, committed and a fully involved member of the New Ross community: Marie Doyle – who is in the Public Gallery with my parents today.

I want to thank my parents, without who I literally wouldn’t be here – in every sense. They have been my North Star in guiding me throughout life – no matter how flawed my sense of direction has been in practice.

I want to thank my siblings – just for putting up with me, and their support.

My wife, Karla, and my children: Kierán, Erin, and Breandán, who are my sun around which everything revolves.

I want to thank my fellow councillors – I have learned a lot from you, and to respect your own commitments.

In particular: Councillors Johnny Mythen, Mick Roche, Fionntán Ó Suilleabhán, Tom Forde, and Anthony Kelly; who have been a band of brothers – and now, brothers and sister.

Finally, to all the officials and workers of Wexford County Counci that I’ve interacted with: sometimes I’m sure I’ve been like a really annoying squeaky wheel – but I sincerely appreciate your efforts on behalf of my constituents, and the difficulties of the frameworks you have to operate within.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh, agus Nollaig Shóna.


More info & photo with Marie Doyle: Wexford Today – Tributes as Cllr Oisin O’Connell quits Council seat

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The Rose-Rock story: Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy vs Pink Rock names for New Ross N25 Bypass bridge, explained

A timeline and summary of the New Ross N25 Bypass bridge, public discussion of names, and naming process.

  1. (1993, 1994) 2018:

    Mammoth River Barrow Bridge Will Be Made Up of 27,000m3 of Kilmacow Concrete – …the Killkenny People writes the scheme is 26 years in the making – from its humble beginnings in Kilkenny and Wexford County Development Plans in 1993 and 1994 for an additional river crossing around New Ross.

  2. (1997) 2018: New Barrow Bridge ‘will be a tourist attraction’ – New Ross Standard: Former Senior Executive Engineer for the New Ross Area, George Walsh said the idea for the bridge arose after a ship ran into O’Hanrahan Bridge in 1997. He said NRA officials visited the town and a lengthy diversion made people realise that a new bridge was needed.
  3. 2006:

    New bridge for New Ross will be longest in Ireland – Wexford People

  4. July 2014:

    Pink Rock bridge may be named after Kennedys – New Ross Standard

  5. January 2016:Work on €230m New Ross bypass due to begin in March – Irish Times
  6. July 2016:Bridge will be named after JFK’s mother – New Ross Standard: …the Fitzgerald name goes back to the founding of New Ross and the Fitzgeralds were among the first of the Norman knights to receive lands in Wexford. ‘The Fitzgeralds landed in Bannow Bay and the Kennedy family sailed from New Ross. The new bridge links all these strands, bringing in the Dunbrody famine ship, the marriage of Aoife and Strongbow at which a Fitzgerald banner was flown and the Emigrant Flame, which was brought from John F Kennedy’s graveside in Arlington Cemetery, representing Irish emigration.’ […] Mr Hore’s proposal was debated at length at the meeting and was unanimously supported. […] Cllr Michael Sheehan said Waterford and Kilkenny local authorities should be contacted about the name. Mr Hore said as the bypass is located in County Wexford, New Ross Municipal District can name the bridge, adding that he would be in contact with management at both councils.
  7. September 2016Wexford Cllrs to consider other names for New Ross bridge – KCLR FM
  8. September 2016: Committee set up to decide on naming of New Ross by-pass bridge – KCLR FM
  9. May 2017:

    Public to have a say in bridge’s name – New Ross Standard

  10. May 2018:Barrow Bridge Name is Back on the Agenda – Munster Express: At April’s Municipal District meeting, Kilkenny County Council Director of Services Sean McKeown said that, as the lead local authority on the Bypass, Wexford County Council is set to have the ultimate say on the naming of the new bridge. […]
    It’s also worth recalling that in 2016, New Ross Municipal District Councillors unanimously agreed that the bridge should be named in honour of Rose Kennedy Fitzgerald, mother of President John F Kennedy (the bridge makes landfall in Wexford a short distance from the Kennedy ancestral homestead in Dunganstown). […] “Given the scale and importance of the bridge, both from a major infrastructural development point of view, and its socio-economic potential for New Ross and the entire South East region, a relevant and fitting name should be conferred on the Bridge.” The provisional closing date for public submissions is 5pm on Friday, July 6th
  11. May 2018: WOW: Kilkenny to New Ross Bridge will be the longest in Ireland – and Public have chance to suggest names – Kilkenny People
  12. May 2018Public to have a say on name of new bridge; Submission date beckons for name for new Barrow bridge, with councillors to decide – New Ross Standard
  13. May 2018Bridgey McBridgeface? Public asked to submit names for Ireland’s longest (and tallest) bridge – Irish Independent: Kilkenny Councillor Fidelis Doherty told the New Ross Standard about the submission process: “There will be some questions asked where you suggest your proposed name, explain why you think it’s a fitting name for the bridge. What relevance or connection this has to the area? What’s the benefit to the area of this name? And finally, what effect, if any, will this name have on tourism, employment or the socio-economic development of the area?” […]The submission forms will be made available in late May or early June and completed submission forms should be addressed N25 New Ross Bypass Bridge Naming Submission, c/o Wexford County Council, New Ross Municipal District, The Tholsel, New Ross or c/o Kilkenny County Council, Piltown Municipal District, Ferrybank Area Office, Ferrybank, Co. Kilkenny.Submission forms can also be posted or delivered to any Wexford County Council or Kilkenny County Council Office.And the form can also be submitted by email to or
  14. 2018:

    Naming of Bridge on N25 New Ross Bypass – Wexford County Council:

    We are undergoing a Public consultation Process for submissions for the Naming of the Bridge on N25 New Ross Bypass. You can submit your suggestion by completing our online form or downloading the Naming of the Bridge Submission Form and submitting to us by email / post. Closing date for receipt of completed submissions 5.00pm Friday 13th July 2018

  15. 2018: Naming of New Ross Bypass Bridge Submission Form – Wexford County Council
  16. June 2018:

    Consultations: Naming of the New Bridge on N25 New Ross Bypass – Kilkenny County Council via

  17. September 2018:

    Finding a name for new Barrow bridge? – Wexford Today: Taking into account tourism promotion, this unique part of Co. Wexford has already established the Kennedy brand as a world leader and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy would keep alive the traditional ‘Irish mother’ legacy associated with the famine which was the precursor to the Kennedy’s becoming one of the most famous families in United States history.

  18. September 2018:

    Vote Will See Iconic Bridge Named after Rose Kennedy – New Ross Standard: New Ross and Piltown councillors will meet together on October 3 at the Rhu Gleen Hotel in Slieverue, where the name will be voted on for a final time. If all 14 councillors from New Ross and Piltown vote as per last week, the iconic bridge will officially be named the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge, ending a two-year saga over what to call the impressive structure.

  19. September 2018: The longest bridge in Ireland will be named after Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy – Kilkenny People:

    There was a public consultation period earlier this year both in Kilkenny and Wexford and a decision was made in the two electoral areas on a proposed name.

    Members of the Piltown Municipal District put forward the proposed name of the Pink Rock Bridge while their counterparts in New Ross suggested the name the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge.

    A vote was taken this afternoon at the Rhu Glen Hotel in Slieverue with eight councillors voting in favour of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge and six in favour of the Pink Rock Bridge. 

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Newsletter: #LiadhForPresident, @JPPhenan’s Puckoon, PO closure, Media round-up, waste by-laws, #TreesForWexford

  • Liadh Ní Riada is a true friend of Wexford” Cllr Johnny Mythen –  (see photos of Liadh in Co. Wexford here)
  • “I thought I’d woken up in a Spike Milligan novel”: in Foulkesmill village, Minister John Paul Phelan’s boundary commission fails to understand that Puckoon was a satire…
  • Foulkesmill Post Office, official date of closure: Sat 3/November. All payments cease from 31/October. I spoke and voted in favour of latest County Council motion urging change of course on this policy.
  • Some of my latest council contributions covered in the New Ross Standard: we need better municipal online presence, bridge naming, riverside walk, knotweed problems & solutions.
  • Voluntary Community Groups, Resident assocs., Schools: Apply for your Trees For Wexford before 19/Oct
  • Please look at – and write the council on – the proposed draft council by-laws on waste. We know there is a problem – but arguably there should be a greater public option for disposal; I am concerned that people will be asked to document & prove they are innocent, without leeway for using non-ticketed recycling banks, for example. It seems a bit Orwellian. (I’ve asked them to fix the link!)
  • Do you or someone you know, have problems with debt? Please take a look at this. The legislation they operate under may not be perfect, but, for example “in over 90% of Personal Insolvency Arrangement cases, debtors have been able to stay in their homes”; they can help with other debts too. Just get some info. Info: 076-106-4200 Freetxt GETHELP – 50015 for an appointment call-back.
  • Interested in learning Gaeilge/Irish? Here are 2 courses I know of:
  • Finally: I was heartened to hear thanks given by 4 people from the podium to Patricia Harty and Irish America magazine, at the relaunch of the Irish America Hall of Fame at the Dunbrody Emigrant Centre. It’s too easy to talk about the diaspora without delivering something concrete – and she’s an amazing person who delivers.Thanks to the chairmen and directors of the Dunbrody, Kennedy Centreand everyone who make it a success.(PS in the interest of full disclosure: that’s my Da, honoree also, beside Brendan Grace…)
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@LiadhNiRiadaMEP selected as presidential candidate by @SinnFeinIreland – here are some of her Wexford visits photos

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Cardinal Wuerl wrote a book called “What Do You Want To Know?” Here’s our top 10 responses:

10. How Do You Sleep at Night?

Francis Bacon - Red Cardinal

(Francis Bacon, 1960 – Seated Figure/Red Cardinal. Nighty night, babe)

9. Whose body of written work do you find more horrifying?

a) Stephen King; 25 Things You Might Not Know About The Shining

b) HP Lovecraft; HP Lovecraft - The Complete Works

c) the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report?

8. On that theme: which of the following is scarier to you?

a) Pennywise the Dancing Clown; It: Chapter 2 gets release date. Here’s when Pennywise the Clown will return

b) Cthulhu; Cthulhu for President

c) belief in a just God combined with your own sense of impending mortality?

7. Would Sinéad O’Connor really have done a worse job?

6. Does it give you all a sense of achievement, that you’ve arguably made the Catholic hierarchy look like a conspiracy theory in a Jack Chick comic strip? Jack Chick

5. Jesus literally said that millstones should be put around the necks of people like abusers (and that they be thrown into the sea); and yet now – all of a sudden – the Pope calls for… a total ban on the death penalty. Coincidence? 🤔

4. A lot of people have noticed that there is an absurdly high concentration of closeted homosexuals in the Catholic hierarchy; and that this has produced both

a) an unhealthy culture of secrecy, warped psychology, and potential blackmail, that enables predatory behaviour to thrive and self-perpetuate; and

b) two neurotic, and competing camps of closeted conservative and liberal gay clerics, locked in a Cold War.

Couldn’t we just solve everyone’s major problems, by splitting the difference between them, and… allow priests to marry – but only to other priests? The emperor’s new clothes(and we’ve been meaning to say something: seriously, what’s with the frilly-dress things? You know how it is… people talk)

3. Do you think the Catholic Hierarchy currently qualifies as “objectively disordered”?

2. Why is it that, when we most need the repentance of Robert de Niro’s character in The Mission, Paradise Lost all we get is a legion of Bill Lumbergs from Office Space?

1. What Did You Know?

Cardinal Wuerl has recently written – and my right hand to God I’m not making this up – What Do You Want to Know: A Pastor’s Response to the Most Challenging Questions about the Catholic Faith which has now been canceled by his spoil-sport publisher in the aftermath of reports he colluded in a coverup of widespread institutional sex-abuse. He has also cancelled his appearance as a keynote speaker at – and again as God is my witness I do not lie – The World Gathering of Families in Dublin.

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[Update 6/July] @IrishWater issues Conservation Order (hosepipe ban): 8am Fri 6/July->midnight Tue 31/July as drought continues

Irish Water appealing to everyone to conserve water as drought conditions continues across the country and National Water Conservation Order Comes into effect

Driest June on record in the Phoenix Park since 1850 with Met Éireann forecasting drought conditions to continue for the foreseeable future

We thank the public for their conservation efforts so far and we urge them to continue to conserve water to help protect water supplies now and over the coming months

(Issued Friday, 6 July 2018) Irish Water is appealing to everyone to conserve water as drought conditions continue across the country. The National Water Conservation Order came into effect today at 8am and is currently in place until midnight on the 31 July 2018. Due to depleting water levels in rivers, lakes and ground water sources which supply our water treatment plants the scope of this Order is being kept under review.


It will take sustained rainfall over many weeks and even months to replenish raw water levels in rivers, lakes and groundwater sources and treated drinking water levels in our storage reservoirs. Irish Water will continue to analyse water consumption levels nationally over the weekend and early next week to assess demand for water with the National Water Conservation Order in place. At the same time, we are monitoring the continued fall in water levels in our sources.

Following this analysis we will review if any additional measures will need to be put in place next week to further conserve water. Our objective is to balance service levels now with the risks of future failure. The current average water consumption demand in the Greater Dublin Area is 580 million litres per day, though down on the peak levels last week and within the safe production capacity of the plants. We continue to model the future scenarios for our raw water reserves in the Liffey and to evaluate whether further reductions are needed to avoid greater shortages later in the year.

We have 81 water schemes at risk of drought and water restrictions are in place in a further 27 locations.

Speaking about the need for continued water conservation Irish Water’s Corporate Affairs Manager Kate Gannon said

“We are really grateful for the measures that people have taken to conserve water so far and we hope that the National Water Conservation Order (hosepipe ban) will continue to make people more mindful of their responsibilities and the impact their water usage is having on their neighbours and communities. We know that the vast majority of people are supporting the ban, though we have reports of around 40 incidents of hosepipe usage in contravention of  it and we again appeal to those people to comply with these essential minimum measures to safeguard our water supplies.

“Our Drought Management team are meeting daily to assess and analyse water demand and consumption levels for every area in the country. As water levels continue to deplete in rivers and lakes and groundwater sources run dry, we will assess if further restrictions are required to help protect water supplies now and for the months ahead. Met Éireann has forecast that high temperatures will remain for the foreseeable future and this highlights the need for everyone to play their part and conserve water as much as possible, to follow our advice and tips and to comply with the Water Conservation Order in place.”



Irish Water issues National Water Conservation Order commonly referred to as a hosepipe ban from 8am on Friday, 6 July to midnight on Tuesday 31 July as a drought continues across the country

We thank the public for their conservation efforts so far and we urge them to continue to conserve water to help protect water supplies now and over the coming months

Met Éireannadvised that there has been little or no rain over the last 30 days, with an average soil moisture deficit of 60mm meaning even if it did rain, no water would reach our water sources for at least a week, as it will be absorbed by the ground


(Statement below issued by Irish Water, Wednesday, 4 July 2018)

Irish Water has confirmed that a National Water Conservation Ordercommonly referred to as a hosepipe ban will be in place from 8am on Friday, 6 July until midnight on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 for all domestic public water supplies and commercial premises for non-commercial activities e.g. watering gardens attached to a business premises. The scope of this Order is the same as the one applied to the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) on Monday, 2 July 2018. Irish Water may review the scope of both over the coming weeks.

The order has been issued due to the continued drought conditions and to help protect water supplies now and over the coming months. Met Éireann has advised that there has been little or no rain over the last 30 days and predictions show no significant rainfall is likely for at least a further week, meaning deepening drought conditions.

High levels of sunlight means significant evaporation levels on water sources. The average soil moisture deficit is currently 60mm nationally which means even if it did rain, no water would reach our water sources as it would be absorbed by the ground. The continuation of these drought conditions nationally is putting pressure on water sources as rivers, lakes and groundwater levels drop.

On average demand across all water resources nationally has increased by 15%, and given the environmental pressures on the aquifers and waterbodies, this cannot be sustained for any period of time. Due to soil moisture conditions, smaller groundwater sites in particular may take many months to recover. The National Water Conservation Order has the potential to suppress any non-essential increases in demand during this period, and prevent increased abstraction at a time when the raw water sources are least able to support these volumes.Irish Water thanks the public for their conservation efforts to date and we continue to encourage and support the public in their efforts to reduce usage. We are grateful for all measures that have been taken in homes and businesses.Irish Water’s top priority during the current dry period is to protect our water supply for use in homes and businesses in the coming weeks and months. As demand continues to outstrip supply and the warm weather looks set to continue, Irish Water has taken the extra step to use the legal options open to us. Section 56 (16) of the Water Services Act 2007 allows for an effective ‘hosepipe ban’.The Water Conservation Order (hosepipe ban) will be in place until midnight on Tuesday, 31 July for domestic users and for non-commercial use by commercial bodies. Irish Water will keep the situation under review and may have to extend the period of time the order is in place.

Water Conservation Order


The prohibited uses are as follows:

Use of water drawn through a hosepipe or similar apparatus for the purpose of –


i watering a garden

ii cleaning a private motor-vehicle using a domestic hosepipe

iii cleaning a private leisure boat

iv filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool (except when using hand held containers filled directly from a tap)

v filling or maintaining a domestic pond (excluding fish ponds)

vi filling or maintaining an ornamental fountain (with the exception of such use for commercial purposes)

vii filling or replenishing an artificial pond, lake or similar application.

This prohibition will apply from 8am on Friday, 6 July 2018 until midnight 31 July 2018.

The Irish Water Conservation Order (hosepipe ban) does not apply to private wells or private group water schemes. Working with the National Federation of Group Water Schemes we urge all water users to conserve water during this drought period and over the coming months to protect all water supplies.

Speaking about the legal move, Irish Water’s Corporate Affairs Manager Kate Gannon said:

“Imposing a national Water Conservation Order (hosepipe ban) reflects the serious need for water conservation now and over the coming months. It is essential that our water supply resources are conserved to help avoid further restrictions and outages over the coming weeks and months.

“We are really grateful for the measures that people have taken to conserve water so far and we hope that placing a Water Conservation Order (hosepipe ban) will make people more mindful of their responsibilities and the impact their water usage is having on their neighbours and communities.

“Irish Water is mindful of the impact that a Water Conservation Order might have on businesses and the tourist industry and for that reason the prohibition is mainly limited to domestic users but does include commercial premises for non-commercial activities e.g. watering gardens attached to a business premises.

“The utility continues to be in touch with large commercial users who have committed to conserving water and we are very grateful to them for their efforts. We are also appealing to them to limit all non-essential water use and to avoid using hosepipes or power washers where possible, particularly if it is for cosmetic reasons.”


Notice of legal declaration

Owing to the likelihood of a serious deficiency of water available for distribution, Irish Water intends to make an Order under section 56(16) of the Water Services Act 2007 (as amended) prohibiting certain types of water usage which will take effect on a national basis. The proposed Order will apply to all parts of the country that were not already covered by the first Order made on 2 July 2018 which applied only to the Greater Dublin Water Supply Area.

Once the proposed order becomes effective the whole country will be subject to the same prohibitions in relation to water usage.

East and Midlands



In Athlone, restrictions will not be imposed tonight (Wednesday 4 July) but are planned for the night of Thursday, 5 July to maintain supply as there is a difficulty maintaining treated water levels in the Annagh Reservoir due to very high demand from customers. Conservation measures by the public, night time restriction imposed over the last week and leak repair activity has helped to reduce the number of restrictions, but the water treatment plant continues to work to its limit. These restrictions, when they occur, impact approximately 8,000 people on the eastern side of the town.


Dunkerrin public water supply- Leakage repair crews repaired a leak on the Lisduff water main on Friday which has reduced demand slightly. However to help increase levels in the reservoir  restrictions remain in place for 150 customers in Lisduff Co. Tipperary who are supplied by Dunkerrin public water supply.  These restrictions will continue every second night until further notice.



In Clogherhead and Termonfeckin planned water restrictions will be imposed tonight from 11pm to 7am and considered for reminder of the week based on daily demand trends. Night-time water restriction in place tonight should leave enough in storage so that further water restrictions may not be necessary until Monday night.



In the Granard in the  Granardkill area which is served by Moatfield reservoir from Lough Kinale Water Treatment Plant intermittent supply is continuing to impact approximately 200 people.  Overnight we are seeing some recovery to reservoir levels and customers are receiving intermittent supply.


A water standpipe facility providing water for farmers and other business users in the Granardkill area is located beside the bottle bank facility at the rear of Granard Garda Station. It will be manned twice daily in the   mornings from 11am to 12pm and evenings 8 pm to 9 pm. For domestic water users in the Granardkill area three static water tankers are available all day, these are located adjacent to Granarddkill Old Cemetery.

In order to preserve reservoir levels (Cairn Hill) which is supplied by Smear Water Treatment Plant night time restrictions (11pm-6am) will continue over the weekend impacting around 500 people.



Water levels in the aquifer supplying the Portlaoise Water Supply Schemeare reducing but current demand from customers is being met. No restrictions are planned tonight.

In the Laois South East Regional Supply – The source of this supply is Kyle Spring. Ballyadams, Crannagh, Ballylinan and Pedigree are experiencing lower pressures since Sunday due to necessary supply restrictions to the local service reservoir but not the customers. The treatment capacity of the plant is approximately 2500m3 per day. For the past 10 days demand has been outstripping supply by 180m3 per day. This has resulted in the main reservoir at Gallow Hill being almost depleted. We are managing storage within the network in order to minimise impact to customers. Irish Water are asking customers to conserve water as much as possible.

The Swan Water Treatment Plant is on nightly restrictions impacting approximately 1,500 people. Irish Water continue to impose nightly planned water outages from 10 pm to 6 am to allow treated water levels in Wolfhill Reservoir to recover. This water restriction will impact customers in The Swan, Wolfhill, Mayo and Doonane Co. Laois. Four static water tankers are in place throughout the network for public use.  An additional tanker was made available from Monday morning for supply for farm animals only. It is hoped that this will reduce agricultural demand on the water supply scheme.


In Portarlington – a number of areas are experiencing intermittent supply and/or low water pressure due to low borehole levels


East Galway

The Ballinasloe Water Treatment Plant is operating at full capacity and reservoir levels are giving major cause for concern. Supplementary pumps have been deployed due to low water levels in the River Suck, which are decreasing at a significant rate. Customers in Ballinasloe, Laurencetown, Eyrecourt and Kiltormer are urged to reduce water usagein every way possible to ensure a continuous supply for all.

Aran Islands

Night time restrictions on Inis Mór and Inis Oirr will be extended from 8pm to 8am daily commencing on Friday, July 6. Water usage on Inis Mór has increased by 30 per cent in the past 21 days and reservoir levels are giving cause for very serious concern.

Water consumption on Inis Oirr and Inis Meain has increased by 30 per cent in the past two weeks and Irish Water is urging customers to increase their efforts to conserve water on all of the Aran Islands.

West Galway

Restrictions remain in place on the Ballyconneely Water Treatment Plant serving the Ballyconneely and Foreglass areas from 11pm to 7am for the foreseeable future. This is because demand on this scheme is now exceeding supply.

Demand in Tír na Fhía/Leitir Mór has increased significantly and some areas are experiencing outages. Supply from the Tír na Fhía Water Treatment Plant is higher than can be sustained and leak repairs have been carried out in recent days.

South Galway

Customers in Clarinbridge, Kilcolgan, Roveagh, Ballinderreen and Tyrone Group Water Scheme are urged to conserve water. Work has been carried out at Clarenbridge Water Tower to improve the supply situation in the short term but consumption is still very high.

Customers in Gort are also urged to conserve water as raw water levels in the Gort River are dropping.

North Galway

Groundwater springs and boreholes supplying Dunmore/Glenamaddy, Kilkerrin/Moylough, Ballygar, Mountbellew and Ballymoe are extremely low and are a cause for serious concern.

Galway City

Due to very high demand in areas supplied by Tonabrocky reservoir, Irish Water has no choice but to restrict water supply at night time between the hours of 11pm and 7am.

Barna, Moycullen, Knocknacarra, Kingston, Taylor’s Hill, Letteragh Road, Bishop O’Donnell Road, Clybaun Road, Cappagh Road, Ballymoneen Road (areas north of Western Distributor Road) may experience low pressure and reduced flow at night time.

These restrictions are essential to allow the Tonabrocky reservoir storage levels to recover and will remain in place at night time until further notice.

Water conservation appeal

Irish Water is appealing to the Galway public, particularly people working and living in Dunmore/Glenamaddy, Kilkerrin/Moylough, Ballygar, Ballymoe, Williamstown, Tuam, Athenry, Oranmore, Tir an Fhia, Leitir Mór, Tully, Letterfrack, Leitir Mór, Carraroe, Ballinasloe and Galway City to conserve water while the prolonged dry spell that has been predicted by Met Éireann, continues.


Night time restrictions have been imposed on the Pettigo water supply from 11pm until 7am. This will continue for the foreseeable future and both Irish Water and Donegal County Council will continue to monitor the scheme carefully.

The Lough Mourne and Inisowen water supplies are still classified as at-risk and customers supplied from these schemes are asked to be especially mindful of their water consumption at this critical time.

Southern Region

In Limerick night time restrictions from 12 midnight until 6am continue in Pallasgreen, Herbertstow, Knocklong, Hospital and Oola.

Kilkenny restrictions from 10pm to 6am are in place in Bennettsbridge, Dunamaggin, Kells, Danesfort, Ballyhale, Knocktopher and surrounding areas.

In Cork the following areas have night time restrictions from 11pm to 7am – Inniscarra, Clonakilty and Kilbrin.

Restrictions in Tipperary continue nightly in Coolbawn from 12 midnight until 6am.

In Waterford there are night time restrictions in the Old Parish Loskeran scheme from midnight until 6am daily.

In Kerry the Caherdaniel supply is on a night time restriction from 12 midnight until 6am.


In Carlow the following areas are on night time restrictions from 10pm until 6am  Ballon, Fenagh, Myshall, Kildavin, Newtown, Garryhill, Clonegal & surrounding areas.

In Co Clare there are restrictions in the following areas from 10pm until 6am daily – Lahinch, Lisdoonvarna, Doolin, Liscannor,  Ballagh-Cahersherkin (Ennistymon), Kilfenora, and surrounding Group Water Supply schemes.

Tips to help you conserve water

• Leak free: Check that your home is leak free. Check for running overflows and fix any dripping taps, cisterns or pipes

• Don’t let the tap run: Brushing your teeth with the tap running can use up to a staggering 6 litres per minute. Brushing your teeth with the tap off will use a more modest 1 litre of water

• Shower vs. Bath:The average bath uses 80 litres of water compared to an average shower using 49 litres in seven minutes. Switch your bath to a shower for a massive water saving

• Less time: With the average shower using 7 litres of water per minute by turning your five minute shower into four minutes, you could save up to 7 litres of water per day!

• Fully loaded: Always ensure your dishwasher and washing machines are fully loaded. A modern washing machine uses approximately 65 litres of water per cycle while a dishwasher uses 20 litres. By ensuring they are fully loaded, not only will you conserve water but you will also reduce your energy bills

• Don’t flush it all away:A third of all water used in the home is flushed down the toilet. Some larger cisterns can continue to work effectively with a smaller flush. Place a displacement device into the cistern (out of the way of moving parts) to save water

Irish Water is also developing the National Water Resources Plan on how we can provide a safe secure and reliable water supply to our customers for the next 25 years. This will set out how we will maintain the supply and demand of drinking water over the short medium and long term. This national plan will ensure the best use of water resources for the benefit of all our customers. For more information please see

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