Water Safety – Liffey Linear Park
A STOLEN RINGBUOY – A STOLEN LIFE
Go to Ringbuoys Website for the most up-to-date information on Ringbuoys
The River Liffey (An Life), rises between Sally Gap and Kippure in the Wicklow Mountains, and flows (via the Poulaphouca Reservoir) through Co. Kildare for much of its approximate 125 km length – passing through towns such as Ballymore Eustace, Kilcullen, Athgarvan, Newbridge, Clane, Celbridge, Leixlip (reservoir), Lucan and finally into Dublin City where it joins the Irish Sea at Dublin Bay.
The Liffey is a wonderful resource in Newbridge, however when swimming in the Liffey be aware that the ESB release water from the reservoir a number of times each day, which results in the volume of water in the river increasing significantly, with a consequent increase in the speed of the water flow. Therefore it can be dangerous to swim in the Liffey.
Information on water releases from Leixlip Dam and Golden Falls are generally available on Liffey Releases Website for the River Liffey. Please note that flows are estimates and may vary at any time due to ESB operations. Other factors such as recent rainfall may add to the volume (amount) of water in the river.
Ringbuoy’s (life belts) have been installed along the Liffey in Newbridge – locations in the Liffey Linear Park are as follows:
- Housed Ringbuoy at bridge entrance to Liffey Linear Park;
- Ringbuoy located near road on Friary Road approaching Newbridge College;
- Ringbuoy located just before entrance to Patrician Brothers Secondary School;
- Ringbuoy located on Patrician Brothers Secondary School at canoe jetty;
- Ringbuoy located on PBS School jetty
- Ringbuoy located in “The Strand” in the Liffey Linear Park;
Ringbuoys – housed in their yellow boxes – act as a visible reminder of the danger that the aquatic environment represents, and they are intended to be used to effect a life-saving rescue of any person who may find themselves in difficulty or distress in the water, and must NOT be tampered with.
Given that Ringbuoy’s are an essential tool which can save the life of someone in difficulty in the River, it is of major concern that there are still incidents of malicious damage to Ringbuoy installations, and even worse is the removal or theft of these lifesaving appliances or their ropes.
Where ringbuoys have been damaged, vandalised or stolen by irresponsible members of the public, those responsible could be contributing to a situation where there could be a serious risk to human life because of the unavailability or damage to these lifesaving appliances.
Report any incidence of people tampering with or indeed or in possession of a lifebelt to the Local Authority and / or local Gardaí or on Report a Stolen Ringbuoy
“A Stolen Ringbuoy can mean a Stolen Life”
Any civic minded person coming upon the Ringbuoy or the associated ropes in unsatisfactory condition can assist in public safety by untangling the rope and replacing it in the boxes or hooks provided for the purpose. Please coil the ropes in a clockwise direction and place the coil of rope at the bottom of the box or on the hanging hook provided.
How do you use a Ringbuoy?
To effect a rescue with a ringbuoy the rescuer should aim the ringbuoy to fall a short distance beyond the casualty so that it can be retrieved towards them. When the casualty has a firm grip they are retrieved slowly to the bank or edge. It is essential that the rescuer reassures and instructs the casualty throughout the rescue to ensure their co-operation and confidence. (Source: Ringbuoys Website )