The fountain consists of a larger lower basin of moulded and chiselled limestone. An ornamental pedestal bearing a smaller circular basin, composed of a single block of limestone and paved with leaves and foliage on the lower edge, raises from its centre. A second pedestal springs from it, on which a third limestone basin stands out. From this last basin, a metallic pipe sends out a jet of water which, after rising to a remarkable elevation, falls down into the three basins below generating little cascades. The topmost basin in cast iron was supported by figures of dolphins resting on the basin below, lately removed during one of the many renovations.
Supervised by Cork City Council Architects Department, careful conservation intervention was carried out on the almost 160-year-old fountain over the summer, with the purpose of cleaning, treating and renovating all of its stonework, darkened by time and atmospheric agents. Cork City Council also decided to illuminate this famous historic fountain with a color changing RGBW LED system, that, beside an almost infinite range of shades, could also allow a white light illumination.
The fountain is now lit up, for the first time in years, through a professional LED lighting system, which has been installed by Cork City Council plant and machinery team under supervision of and according to the lighting design conceived by Gabriel Byrne, CEO at Enlighten, a Fantasy Lights Group company. Located beside Bishop Lucey Park, Berwick Fountain required a computerized management of its brand new LED lighting system, in order to harmonise its layout with the projected colour changing RGBW illumination of the neighbouring park.