Over 50 cattle rescued due to Castleplunkett flooding

Extensive flooding at Castleplunkett continues to cause major problems, with 54 cattle rescued last week and moved to Roscommon Mart.  While water levels have receded in most of Co. Roscommon, the turlough at Castleplunkett has, in fact, risen by about two and a half feet over the past four weeks.

  That has left many roads impassable, with the Castleplunkett-Tulsk road closed and the Castleplunkett-Ballintubber road impassable for cars.

  At least two houses in the area are also blocked off.

  There was also an animal welfare issue at the townland of Bushfield on Wednesday, January 30: Michael Earley’s cattle were in danger.

  John Hanley, the chairman of the Roscommon branch of the Irish Farmers’ Association, said: “They were in a shed and it was in a foot of water. It was an emergency situation. We transported 54 of them to Roscommon Mart.”

  Mr Hanley said that the mart currently housed around 90 cattle that were relocated because of flooding: Michael Earley’s group are joined by livestock belonging to three farmers from south Roscommon.

  “They are all safe and sound,” said Mr Hanley. “They are in a good home.”

  Declan Conboy, who runs Dec’s Bar on the Tulsk side of Castleplunkett, has also been very badly affected. The road to the pub is closed and, though he remains open, business is virtually non-existent. Custom is at an all-time low,” said Mr Conboy. “The road is fully blocked December 27. It couldn’t have come at a worse time.”

  He said that Roscommon County Council officials tried to address the situation by raising the road, but more rain forced its closure once again.

  He has called for urgent action from the Government, which has now been dissolved ahead of the General Election on February 26.

  “I would like to see the Government getting behind the county council in Roscommon in relation to funding and seeing what can be done,” he said.

  “Try to do it today, rather than tomorrow. It’s not good enough that people would just have to get used to it.”