Skibbereen (An Sciobairín) is a vibrant market town serving a large hinterland of West Cork. The thriving town is the centre for all the agricultural, industrial and tourist activities of a wide region.
Skibbereen town has had a long history of serious flooding, the most significant in recent years occurred in 2009. Flooding in Skibbereen is mainly caused by flows from the Ilen River, its tributaries and tidal influence which reaches the town from Roaringwater Bay.
To address the issue of flooding the River Ilen (Skibbereen) Flood Risk Assessment & Management Study is currently being advanced by Cork County Council, as agents of, and in partnership with the Office of Public Works for the town of Skibbereen, Co. Cork.
The project, which commenced in February 2011, identified appropriate flood risk alleviation measures (Skibbereen Flood Relief Scheme) for Skibbereen Town and these measures received Ministerial Confirmation in January 2016.
The construction stage (Stage 5) formally commenced in June 2016 and is due to be completed by Jons Civil Engineering Ltd. in early 2019.