Monday, 29 March 2021

Investigating the abandoned quarry that, officially, is not abandoned

 

                The blast bunker where people would shelter during blasting at the Ballyneety quarry in                         Limerick. Picture: Dan Linehan

 

Source: Irish Examiner

Investigating the abandoned quarry that, officially, is not abandoned

Investigating the abandoned quarry that, officially, is not abandoned

The blast bunker where people would shelter during blasting at the Ballyneety quarry in Limerick. Picture: Dan Linehan

There is a lifebuoy next to the lake quarried out at the Ballyneety quarry in Limerick. 

The buoy is attached to a stand which states: “Area closed. No swimming in quarry.” 

Quite obviously, the warning is ignored, hence somebody thought it best to put a buoy there as a last resort. Another sign notes “Danger deep water” and another “Beware underwater obstructions”.

What is entirely missing from the lake is any effort to make it inaccessible.

There is sheer rock around most of it, and preventing entry would not be too difficult.

Over the years people have commented online on the attraction of the lake.

On the Reddit message board, one poster mentioned swimming in it and another asked whether there was any fish there.

[the full article is here]

“Nope, just a lone scubadiver, who I initially thought was the Lockness (sic) monster when I saw the moving bubbles.” 

Another wrote: “Great spot for a swim, apparently.” 

The reply: “The blue colour of quarries in Ireland is usually caused by copper leached from the stones and is not indicative of water quality and can hide hazards. Quarries are amongst the most dangerous places to swim.”

 

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