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Possible Public Burst Water Pipe Under Barry’s Bridge, Thurles

With temperatures reaching -5° here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary last night; it will come as no surprise to some residents that the lack of insufficient lagging, has led to burst pipes carrying water.

Our Thurles.InfoEye in the Sky‘ launched this morning, has located this same burst pipe problem, underneath the South side of Barry’s Bridge in the town, latter which we understand carries water into the town centre.

Burst Water Pipe Under Barry’s Bridge, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
Pic. G. Willoughby

The pipe and its lagging, long a visual eyesore; has remained neglected for some years, left bound by nylon rope, (See Image), having broken lose from its rusted steel ties. This issue will now require immediate and costly attention in the midst of our winter season; since it will require scaffolding, hanging as it does over a flooded River Suir.

We have had no rain over the past 10 days, so it is safe to say this water, found flowing this morning, is from a burst pipe.
The pipe break is possibly also helped by the vibrations from the vast volumes of traffic forced to pass over the mid-17th century Barry’s Bridge structure, which services traffic travelling in and out of the Thurles town centre.

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