High tide washes away some of Old Barracks building

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*Damage to the Old Barracks building. Photograph: Gary Collins

A section of the Old Barracks corner building has been washed away as a result of the latest high tide in Ennis.

Ongoing pressure from recent storms in the county has taken some of the building attached to the Old Barracks on the River Fergus in Lifford, Ennis.

An Garda Síochána were first informed of the damage on Sunday afternoon, shortly after its occurrence. The Clare Echo understands that the section of the building first became detached around midday on Sunday.

Height levels on the River Fergus have almost reached peak levels in the past three weeks due to ongoing rainfall. A status yellow rainfall warning is in place for Co Clare over a twenty four hour period from 5am on Monday to 5am on Tuesday.

Now owned by the Office of Public Works (OPW), the building has served as a Royal Irish Constabulary barracks, Garda station and Army reserve.

Photograph: Gary Collins

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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