Beach wheelchairs now available at two Blue Flag beaches

By Esther Hayden

Published 21/07/2015 | 00:00

Wexford County Council chairman Tony Dempsey launches the beach wheelchairs at Curracloe with the help of wheelchair users Dan Morris, Amy Fitzpatrick and John Horan, councillors and council officials.
Wexford County Council chairman Tony Dempsey launches the beach wheelchairs at Curracloe with the help of wheelchair users Dan Morris, Amy Fitzpatrick and John Horan, councillors and council officials.

Wexford first ever beach wheelchairs were launched last week at two of the county's Blue Flag beaches, Curracloe and Rosslare.

The two beaches are now fully accessibly to people in wheelchairs with Wexford being the first local authority in the country to introduce such a measure.

The first was first mooted by Cllr George Lawlor in January after he had seen the initiative in place in France. Believing they would make a great addition to Wexford beaches Cllr Lawlor championed the idea with the access officer at the council. The free beach wheelchairs which are available to people with disabilities will be rolled out to the county's other Blue Flag beaches if they prove successful. The new initiative is working in conjunction with local businesses, The Surf Shack in Curracloe and Rosslare Community Development Association in Rosslare Strand.

Cllr Lawlor said he is 'delighted that Wexford County Council is the first local authority in Ireland to introduce beach wheelchairs with the rolling out of this project. I first raised the matter in January and I am delighted that the accessibility officer with Wexford County Council, Caroline Horan, has moved so quickly to ensure these are now reality for people with disabilities.

'When I first saw them I thought they were a great idea and so helpful for those with disabilities to access the beach.'

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