November 2009 panoramic view of the river Shannon in Athlone, downstream of the town bridge. To the left is the Golden Island shopping centre - note how the flood waters have encroached on all sides, though the centre itself did not flood. On the right are housing developments constructed during the Celtic tiger years.
Flood defences in action on December 14th 2015 in front of the Strand in Athlone. The large blue box is a pump - a number of them were manned 24 hours a day during the flooding to keep the water at bay.
On December 14th, 2015, council workers and Civil Defence volunteers maintain flood defences, including pumps and sandbags, at the intersection of Deerpark and Canal Banks in Athlone. The fields beyond this point are the Shannon Callows - they flood every winter and , until recently, were the habitat for migrating corncrakes during the summer.
A panoramic view of Deerpark and the Clonown road under flood on December 14, 2015. This road marks the boundary of the Shannon Callows in Athlone - a large expanse of summer meadow that floods every year. The houses on the right were built during the Celtic Tiger years.
The Shannon lock-gate in Athlone on December 14th, 2015. Note the increased water level compared to the picture taken on the 11th (i.e. the jetty underneath the sign is now under water)