Fermoy Regatta Committee have had no option but to officially cancel their upcoming annual regatta, due to a number of factors involved in creating a safe course for competitors. Every avenue has been, exhaustively and painstakingly, explored over the last 6 months, to find a solution to temporarily repair the damage to the breaches in the Weir, that are causing the lowest water levels, on the regatta course, in living memory. The photograph below shows the unprecedented water levels, exactly where a pontoon was located, last year, for crews launching their boats onto the river.
With water levels predicted to fall further, during June, the regatta committee were left with no option but to cancel, Rowing Ireland’s allocated fixture, having exhausted all proposed solutions, with Cork County Council’s Executive (the owners of the Weir).
“It’s a very sad day for Rowing and for Fermoy. We can barely get one of our own boats onto the river for training, by building one pontoon out of our existing three and extending them out into the middle of the river, and even then, we have to stay in the center channel of the Barnane stretch and go no further than 800 Metres from the boathouse, safely.
The safety of visiting oarspeople and our own was paramount in making any such decision.
We will monitor the levels over the summer and if any temporary solution can be agreed, between Cork County Council, Inland Fisheries Ireland, the Office of Public Works and all the other Government agencies, that are not allowing a temporary repair, then we can reconsider hosting a safe regatta.
We will continue to petition all relevant Government Ministers, Oireachtas members, MEP’s and County Councillirs, in an effort to bring about a common sense solution”.
‘It’s ironic that those Government Agencies that are commissioned to be the protectors of our heritage are now allowing this protected monument to be washed away! and in turn have virtually killed all water activities and threaten the very existence of Fermoy Rowing Club’.
Fermoy Rowing Club.