Note February 2014: if you came to this page while looking for photos of the current flooding in Limerick, note that the 2009 floods were caused by large amounts of water coming down the Shannon from the midlands (and indeed all the way to Lough Allen); the 2014 floods seem to have been caused by water coming up the estuary with high tide.
Most photos on this page were taken on 28 November 2009.
The canal harbour
Canal Harbour entrance
Canal lower lock with gates still partially open
The Abbey River
Abbey Bridge from upstream (22 November 2009)
Abbey Bridge from downstream
Baal’s Bridge from upstream
The Abbey River and Baal’s Bridge. Note the never-used mooring pontoon on the left
The pontoons in the current
The downhill slalom: Mathew Bridge to the weir
If you happened to be completely insane, and to have managed to get a boat through Ardnacrusha Lock (currently closed), here is what you would find. First you’d have to get through the navigation arch at Mathew Bridge.
The navigation arch from the right
The navigation arch from the left
The bridge pier
The navigation arch from downstream
Steer between the mooring pontoon on the left and the protective pontoon on the right
From Mathew Bridge (22 November 2009)
The gap is quite narrow
The current against the upstream end of the protective pontoon
The flow along the pontoon
Then all you have to do is to turn in the space between the mooring pontoon and the weir …
… without being swept over the weir itself …
… before mooring safely below Daviso Ducart’s Custom House
The weir and the falls
These photos were taken around low tide, but there is so much water in the river that you might not realise it.
The landing pontoon at the upper end of the lock with the weir behind it
The disturbed water shows the line of the weir
The line of the weir with King John’s Castle in the background
Boats moored at Custom House quay
King John’s Castle
Thomond Bridge and Curragour Falls
The Courthouse, St Mary’s Cathedral and Curraghgour Boat Club
The sea Lock (Sarsfield Lock)
The lock chamber
The flow over the lower gates
The flow in the waiting basin below Sarsfield Lock
Finally, here are two photos taken early on 28 November 2009 when the morning fog had not entirely lifted.
The ghost in the fog
The Clarion Hotel, Limerick