First, a caveat. The links below are to a site called Brinkwire, about which I have found little independent information. I cannot say that the site is safe to visit or that its information is reliable.
The site itself says that it is
… a news hub for blogs, online communities, content affiliates, publishers and members of the connected internet who are interested in commercial news.
Brinkwire charges PR agencies, marketing agencies and in-house communication teams to upload their news to our hub.
The story about the Shannon is here. It says (inter alia)
The plight of a suckler farmer on the banks of the River Shannon in Co Offaly encapsulates the many challenges facing small Irish farmers today.
Paddy Towey (63), who has been farming in Shannon Harbour for over 10 years, had tears in his eyes as he expressed his belief that this season may well be his last.
He was pleased to hear that work was planned to remove the top portion of Meelick Weir, but he said the measure has come too late for him.
Mr Towey has been affected by floods.
The story is said to be “BY BRINKWIRE ON “; it is not clear what PR agency, marketing agency or in-house communication team might have placed it there.