Award for Clonmel Flood Relief

Clonmel’s Flood Relief Scheme has been recognised at the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards 2012.

Clonmel’s Flood Relief Scheme has been recognised at the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards 2012.

The Clonmel Flood Relief Scheme has been hailed as the Best Paper/Presentation of the Year at the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards 2012. Cyril McCarthy, Chartered Engineer at the OPW and Barry O’Connor, Chartered Engineer with Mott McDonald were lauded for their work on the prize-winning project at the award ceremony in the Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin.

The guests at the awards ceremony were informed about Clonmel’s long history of flooding. This frequent flooding has led to the deterioration of the industrial heart of the town, and has had a negative impact on the health of those people affected limiting the development potential of this regional centre. The extreme flooding in 2004 flooded parts of the town by up to 1.5 metres and resulted in the Office of Public Works appointing Mott MacDonald Ireland to develop a proposal to protect the urban area from flooding. As a result the Clonmel Flood Relief Scheme was implemented and its success is demonstrated in the fact that the community is now protected from extreme flood events.

Commenting on this year’s competition, Engineers Ireland Director General and Chartered Engineer, John Power commended the quality and quantity of entries. “The Best Paper/Presentation of the Year category is extremely competitive this year and it’s exciting to see such innovative projects shortlisted. The Clonmel Flood Relief Scheme is a prime example of the positive role engineering plays in the local community.”