Engineering excellence in Limerick marked

Alan Owens


Alan Owens

Award: Minister Hogan with Maurice Buckley and Josephine Cotter at the Kilmallock Water Treatment Plant in February
LIMERICK has a considerable presence on the shortlist of Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards announced this week.

LIMERICK has a considerable presence on the shortlist of Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards announced this week.

The Kilmallock Water Supply project, the University of Limerick and engineers Bryan Whelan and Peter Tiernan have all been included on the prestigious shortlist.

The winners will be announced at the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards in The Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin on November 8.

The Kilmallock Water Supply project was submitted by Limerick County Council and is shortlisted for the Environmental Infrastructure Award.

Mr Whelan, from Ballyclough and senior engineer with Punch Consulting Engineers, based in the city centre, has been shortlisted for the title of Chartered Engineer of the Year for his work on the extensive redevelopment in 2008 of the Thomond Park stadium.

A graduate of NUI Galway, Mr Whelan has worked extensively throughout Ireland, the UK and Saudi Arabia, gaining an excellent range of experience, particularly in the areas of large-scale mixed developments and the technology and pharmaceutical industries.

Peter Tiernan has been shortlisted in the Volunteer of the Year award and was nominated for his work on the Thomond Region committee, which he chaired.

Under his enthusiastic chairmanship the region hosted a highly successful and innovative programme of events covering a diverse range of topics presented by leaders in their fields.

Engineers Ireland Director General and Chartered Engineer, John Power, said that he was “delighted” to announce this year’s shortlist, and said it is “exciting to see such innovative projects shortlisted”.

“The finalists represent an extremely high calibre of world-class engineering, demonstrating ingenuity and talent,” he said.

“The Kilmallock Water Supply is a prime example of the positive role engineering plays in the local community.

“Furthermore, it is fantastic to see Bryan and Peter being recognised for their contribution to the local community. I wish all the entrants and candidates from Limerick the very best of luck,” he added.

For more details and to vote on the finalists shortlisted for the Engineering Project of the Year, see