Wednesday 9 December 2015

Parteen Weir - part of the Shannon Hydro-Electric Scheme

Over the past two days the ESB has had to steadily increase the flow of water down the old River Shannon at Parteen Weir as the flood waters along the River Shannon continue to rise. Parteen Weir is part of the Shannon Hydro-Electric Scheme and spans the Shannon at Parteen Villa. It was built to regulate the flow of the river and divert water, via an intake, into the head-race canal, which carries the water down to the power station at Ardnacrusha. The weir is clearly visible on this map, with the intake and head-race canal to its left. See photos of the Scheme here and listen to Nonie Lynch extol the virtues of the Scheme.

Photo above shows Parteen Weir and Intake under construction c.1926

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