THOMOND WEIR AT BROWN’S QUAY IN LIMERICK
During earlier visits to Limerick I had noticed this structure in the distance and had always intended to visit it to check it out but I never got around to doing so. This week I was in the area and as the weather was beautiful I took the opportunity to investigate.
I soon discovered that asking locals about a structure or feature does not always work work. One person told me that this was the Parteen Railway Bridge and as that particular bridge is still operational I knew that this information was incorrect. A second person working near the bridge told me that it was a disused railway bridge as that was where the trains from Dublin terminated before the current station in Limerick City was opened and it was fairly obvious that this could not be true. Personally, I suspected that it was related to salmon fishing.
I phoned Irish Rail and they told me that it was a weir owned by the ESB.
After some more research I can across the following information in the Limerick Post: “The local authority recently acquired Thomond Weir and the associated fish packing building from the ESB for an undisclosed sum and now plans to develop the site, 500 metres north of Thomond Bridge, as a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists. Spanning the River Shannon from Brown’s Quay in Thomondgate to its east bank in St Mary’s Park, the weir was used between 1940 and 1978 by the ESB to monitor the number of salmon passing upstream, and to catch some for commercial purposes. It has been disused for almost four decades.”