There will be no accumulation of water in the base of Adare’s historic water fountain after it has been repaired.

The works to remove and repair the stone fountain are a collaboration between Adare Tidy Towns and the local authority and will be partially funded under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. The stone fountain was erected by Caroline, Countess of Dunraven in 1844 and since then it has been a favourite meeting place for the people of Adare.

Updating members of the Adare Rathkeale Municipal District, senior executive engineer, Aidan Finn, said it is hoped the works will begin in December and will be completed by February 2021.

After some councillors expressed health and safety concerns, Cllr Bridie Collins said “the fountain will only have a flow of water” when it is repaired, and that there will be “no significant accumulation” in the base.

While the fountain which is located near the Catholic Church in the village will be connected to the Irish Water mains network, the water will be recycled and reused.

Cllr. Bridie Collins added that the water will not be potable and that signage will be erected advising members of the public that it should not be consumed.

The public realm immediately surrounding the fountain will also be refurbished as part of the project, which will cost around €80,000.

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