Waterways Ireland confirm details of 'strange machine' seen on River Barrow in Carlow

They have described the machine as being like a 'Swiss army knife'

Darren Hassett


Darren Hassett



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The machine making its way across the Barrow in Carlow Town

A strange machine seen making its way across the River Barrow in Carlow Town on Monday has been confirmed as akin to a "floating Swiss army knife". 

Earlier in the week - after pictures of the machine appeared on social media - Carlow County Council said the machine belongs to Waterways Ireland who have responsibility for navigable rivers.

They added: "The purpose of it being moored in Carlow is unknown."

In a statement to Carlow Live today, Waterways Ireland cleared up the confusion and confirmed that the "strange machine" is around the town for specialist training. 

They said: "The Watermaster is like a floating Swiss army knife and can undertake a wide range of tasks from the water. It is currently there as specialist training is being provided to new staff."