Passage West, Glenbrook, Monkstown

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Ongoing Works

Works are continuing at the Cork Road Pumping Station located at the entrance to Passage West Football Club’s grounds and adjacent to Aldi Car Park. All work areas will be fenced off with signage in place and there will be minimal disruption to the public coming and going either Aldi or Passage West AFC.

Cobh Networks Contract

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Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork County Council, is carrying out the Cobh Town Networks Contract, a major wastewater project in the Cork Lower Harbour area. Farrans Sorensen Joint Venture (FSJV) is working on behalf of Irish Water to deliver this project.

These necessary works will ensure an end to the practice of raw sewage discharging from Cobh Town through 19 outfall pipes around Cobh, directly into Cork harbour. 

There will be no works in the town centre during the run up to Christmas and works will begin again in the New Year, on Thursday 2 January 2020, at Kennedy Pier, laying new sewer pipelines, working towards Westbourne Place, with a stop/go traffic management system in place. 

Summary of ongoing works December 2019

LocationPlanned WorksPlanned Date/TimeWhat does this mean for me?
Old Town Hall  Construction of Pumping Station and associated electrical works.

Monday 16 September  2019 – October 2020

Parking restrictions at Lynch’s Quay from October 2019. View link.

Cruise Terminal New Sewer Pipelines Monday 2 December - Friday 20 December 2019

To construct this pipeline safely, the working area may, in some locations extend into the pedestrian Five Foot Way, however room for pedestrian traffic will be maintained at all times 

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Cobh to Monkstown - Estuary Crossing Contract

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Estuary Crossing

Work on the Cobh to Monkstown Horizontal Directional Drill began in October from the Cobh Dockyard.  The first stage is to drill a small diameter pilot bore hole from the dockyard to the reception site at Monkstown Park.  The size of the borehole will be increased slowly until it is large enough to receive the sewer pipe. 

To install the sewer pipe under the estuary, firstly individual lengths of pipe must be welded together to measure 1.3km, the distance between Cobh Dockyard and Monkstown Park reception site.  Over the coming weeks lengths of pipe will be delivered to a site located on Laurel Hill, where they will be welded together to the required length. 

When the borehole is complete, the next step is to pull the pipeline down Laurel Hill into the Monkstown Park reception site and into place under the Estuary between Cobh Dockyard and Monkstown.  To allow the pipe to be pulled in place, it will be necessary to close the road. 

O’Connor Utilities, (OCU), have applied to the Cork County Council for a 3 week road closure on Glen Road/Laurel Hill from Monday 6 January to Sunday 26 January 2020 to facilitate the pulling of the pipe in place from a site at Laurel Hill to the reception site at Monkstown Park.

Local access will be maintained for residents throughout the closure, with the exception of the pipe pulling day and a detailed information letter has been issued to residents in relation to these works. 

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Contact us

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Irish Water is committed to delivering these works with the minimum disruption to residents and businesses and to working with the local community to minimise the impact where possible.

Cork Lower Harbour News

14 August 2018

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Irish Water, in partnership with Cork County Council, is working to end the decades-long practice of discharging untreated sewage into Cork Lower Harbour and clean up the harbour through its investment in the Cork Lower Harbour Main Drainage Project.

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29 March 2018

Irish Water committed to eliminating raw sewage in Cork Lower Harbour to provide a clean, safe harbour for all

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19 May 2017

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Irish Water marks key milestone in Cork Lower Harbour Main Drainage Project

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