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23/09/2021

Water gushes from Rathangan canal through collapsed underground tunnel

Major repair works needed

Water gushes from Rathangan canal through collapsed underground tunnel

The site at the Grand Canal near Rathangan last week. Photo: Tony Keane

It's likely the Grand Canal will be closed for several months near Rathangan after an underground tunnel collapsed beneath it.

It's thought the tunnel/culvert, which is over 200 years old, may have crumbled due to old age.

The water gushed down into the culvert halfway between Rathangan and Glenaree Bridge, flooding neighbouring fields with farmers having to move some livestock. It's unclear how many fish died. A digger was brought in to build a dam to prevent more leaks.

The collapse occurred in the early hours of last Monday, July 11, and a temporary dam was put in last week.

For an update, see tomorrow's Leinster Leader.

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