Letterkenny had that problem for years, vertually no winter flying until they put in a tarmac strip. Narrow at 4m but at least flying can carry on regardless. The 6m parallel grass strip is also available for the drier weather.
Currently the ESB are holding the Shanon waters back at Ardnacrusha, which is one of the reasons why the midlands is flooded and Limerick City is not. But if they are forced to discharge more than they are currently doing, I fear that Coonagh will be under water very quickly.
edit: I have to ask because I am currently in drought-stricken South Africa where the airstrips are plenty and dry!!
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Hi Brian,willo wrote:On the Letterkenny front, they had on their site a couple of weeks ago, that the field was closed until further notice but this seems to have gone
On the Abbeyshrule front, havent been down, but here the Inny has receded and the Tomahawk doesn t require a skiff to get to it!!!
Letterkenny was closed for 4 weeks pending getting a more substancial insurance policy in place..... Now all sorted, a big plug for Tommy Staunton and Staunton insurance services in Westport in Mayo for getting all in place for us.
Lucky you. Though I'd say you will be keeping the Irish accent a bit muted after todays Rugby success over SA.
Coonagh is safe and fully operational notwitstanding there is a lot of water on the airfield near the runways. There is new flood barrier in place which is protecting the Coonagh basin. The floodbarrier is the raised roadways to the new tunnel between Coonagh and Mungret.
I had a chance to get up in the air today and the amount of water east the the headrace into Ardnacrusha from where the river Shannon splits north of O'Briens Bridge is near biblical. It is like one massive lake down through Castleconnell and south to the Plassey River around the University, through Corbally and on around the city to link up with the tailrace at Parteen
With Marks assistance I will try and post a few photos overnight or tomorrow. I need to download them from the camera first.
it was very sweet watching the game in a packed Afrikaaners pub. I left shortly after the final whistle, as the fights were starting.
Good to know that Coonagh is still relatively dry. Hope the committee have thought about moving aircraft, if possible, because the place is very vulnerable if the water upriver of Ardnacrusha is released (there is a collosal amount of water in the Shannon basin right now that wants to get down to sea level!). I appreciate there is a new flood barrier in the form of the new road, but I would not count on that preventing flooding at the airfield.
Would be good to see those pics. All the best.
Here is a shot of the work being done on the North entrance to the new tunnel under the Shannon river, Coonagh in the background. I'd say there is no immediate fear of the aircraft as a lot of work has been done in the past few years.
In all fairness there were two small puddles on one of the taxiways but John even has a hot water on a variable pressure washer outside the hanger to clean out the spats
and just in case John reads this and thinks I'm complaining I will also point out in newcastles defence that there were also two puddles on the taxiways in Waterford!
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