It’s almost 40 years since the old pump system that supplied Gowran Castle and the nearby area had water flowing through it, but now it’s back in action.
It’s thanks to a lot of hard work and months of digging and unblocking, getting parts, with around 20 people working on it. It hadn’t been running since the late 1970s, but now it pumps through about 60,000 gallons of water per day.
John Connolly teamed up with Jim Harding and Toddy Farrell and met the county manager and KLP to get support.
The castle’s new owners, the Brennans, have undertaken major restoration work on the building, and were open to the idea. Four other landowners were involved.
The original equipment was bought in 1921 from an English company called Green and Carter – and incredibly, they still manufacture the original part neede. It’s known as a ‘battering ram’, because the pump works in a similar way.
It’s all very enviromentally-friendly; there’s only two moving parts, no electricity; it’s all water flow and gravity, and water not used flows into the river.
“It’s fantastic we didn’t lose it – and to have it functional,” said Mr Connolly.
“To think that we bought the parts from the original company after 100 years.”